Friday, February 19, 2010

A Man Drives a Plane

A lot of liberals, myself included, have made note of the hypocrisy of militaristic conservatives who don't seem to see why a white man flying a plane into a government building is a form of terrorism.

That's obviously one point to be made here - if a black guy trying to ignite a bomb in his underpants deserves to be treated as a violent form of political expression, then so does a white guy who crashes his plane into the IRS. But it's worth asking the question - what good does such an attitude do us in either case?

Perhaps instead of arguing that white Christians who spout some half-baked political bullshit before murdering should be labeled terrorists, we should be asking whether dark-skinned Muslims who spout some half-baked political bullshit before murdering should be thought of, in most cases, simply as criminals.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Uncle Kevin said...

Whether it is actual war, a war on drugs, or a war on terrorism, the basic desire to label something as a "war" is because it implies a few things about strategy. Amongst those are a justification of relatively unlimited funding, at least with respect to progress or outcomes. Also, it gives a certain "moral" permission to do things one might otherwise be constrained, say like torture or the killing of apparent "innocents".

無尾熊可愛 said...

Better say nothing than nothing to the purpose. ........................................

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