“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” – Joseph Warren
Debra J. Saunders | Lessons from the Times Square Dud
Eventually, even a stupid terrorist can get lucky. So why are so many people who think they’re so smart so quick to dismiss the very dangers that threaten American lives?
Enter New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who became the poster politician for jumping to blame the wrong folks without cause.
Before the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, Bloomberg told CBS’ Katie Couric, “If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that, somebody, homegrown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something, it could be anything.”
After the arrest of Shahzad, who was born in Pakistan, Bloomberg became a statesman. He warned about any backlash against Pakistanis or Muslims. “We will not tolerate any bias,” quoth Bloomberg.
I won’t be the last person to observe that Bloomberg had little problem with bias when he saw an opportunity to scapegoat a lone right-wing nut. He wised up later.
R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. | The Times Square Surprise
Islamic terror is anti-Western, anti-democratic, fundamentalist, reactionary, nihilistic and repressive of some of liberalism’s supposedly favored groups, women, gays and household pets, namely dogs living indoors. It is also fascism with a Quranically prescribed beard and burqa. Yet the liberals do not even want to use the term “Islamic terror.” The mosque is about the only house of prayer for which they have any sympathy. They depict the tea party movement as more troubling than fundamentalist Islam protesting in the streets.