Racist War on Terrorism

Racist War on Terrorism by pendragon The war on terrorism is a fascinating 21st century continuation of the racist attitudes of so many Americans, as manifested by their hatred of the belief systems held by, or conceived by, non-whites. Just as Christianity is no longer a whites-only club – in fact, denominations like Roman Catholicism are gaining the greatest popularity in areas like Latin and South America – there is probably no religion that today is held by a homogenous group.

That doesn’t stop General Aschroft and his troops from focusing on the terrorists who are (a) not white and (b) not Christian.  Significant efforts are focused on this rather narrow class of terrorists, both here and abroad, while there are plenty of other opportunities available.

The most significant one I can think of is the American support of the terrorists in Ireland, both on the republican and unionist sides.  Money and weapons are sent to continue the neverending Troubles without any thought to the fact that these same people – who, of course, speak, pray, and act like the average American – are both killing their own people as well as helping our enemies against us (BBC on the IRA’s support of FARC).  One might think that the only pipes calling Danny Boy contain large rocks of crack.

Nevermind.  I suppose it’s better for a co-religionist to be slaughtered purposelessly than for us to be killed willy-nilly by the heathen.  Oh wait, is that us?  Let’s just keep rounding up the Muslims – or, in the best American tradition, shooting those who look as though they should be Muslim, you know, people with dark hair, dark skin, head scarves and hats that aren’t baseball caps – and allowing our “justice” officials to abrogate both the law and the spirit that is the foundation of the rights of American citizenship.

Want to know more about terrorists?  Check out this fantastic Terrorism: Questions and Answers site sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.

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David Whelan

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