"Bigots, bigots, bigots" - NBC's Tom Brokaw just couldn't
get past that word the other night speaking of Americans who are
angry at Arabs just now. He might have waited until the dead are
found and buried before passing judgment upon his fellow-Americans.
He seemed to have his priorities really confused just then.
When out of nineteen highjacker/mass-murderers nineteen are Arabs,
there is nothing wrong with Americans being very angry and Arabs
being a little worried. That is a far cry from inflicting physical
harm on anyone which, characteristically for Americans, did not
happen. As we know, were the tables turned, the bodies of Americans
would be torn apart bit by bit in the market place with crowds cheering.
In fact, I don't believe Arabs are worried enough, or they would
come forward and protest the crimes committed in their name. The
lame announcements to date do not come across as more genuine than
Yassir Arafat's fake movie about donating blood.
I think being a little worried is a state tens of thousands of
Americans would gladly accept instead of what they have had to accept
these past days.
"But," I hear you say, "why should Arabs who had
nothing to do with this be affected at all?" Surely, we cannot
hold them responsible for murders committed by others?!"
OK - so invoking collective responsibility is wrong.
Hold that thought.