LIBS KEEPING AN OPEN MIND ON THE ATTEMPTED TIMES SQUARE CAR BOMBING
Posted by Andrew Roman on May 4, 2010
On Sean Hannity’s “Great American Panel” segment of his Fox News Channel program last evening, Bob Beckel – liberal – commented on the individual, Faisal Shahzad, who was arrested yesterday at Kennedy Airport in New York as he tried to leave the country. Shazad is suspected of being the one who tried to set off a bomb-filled SUV in Times Square.
The exchange between Hannity and Beckel went this way:
HANNITY: They have a person of interest, a naturalized American citizen, returned to the country after spending several months in Pakistan. Is it too early to read into that?
BECKEL: I still think the jury is out on this. I think it could be a right-wing militia man involved in this. I mean, you never know.
… because it is apparently just as reasonable to think that a man born in Pakistan, who recently returned from a five-month stay there, could be a disgruntled right-wing New York militia man. It’s at least as reasonable as suggesting that the man could be an Islamist terrorist.
After all, isn’t America teeming with discontented young militia men of Middle Eastern descent who have reached their breaking points in seeing the Constitution tread upon by the likes of Barack Obama? How could anyone not reasonably believe that a man named Faisal Shahzad is anything but a Reagan-loving, Constitution-obsessed conservative who finally snapped as a result of Barack Obama’s attempted transformation of America?
Think back to the Fort Hood terrorist attack perpetrated by Nidal Malik Hasan. He could have had the words “I am a terrorist and I am committing an act of terrorism” emblazoned across his chest and Geraldo Rivera still would have spent his entire program interviewing ex-girlfriends about Hasan’s fragile libido playing a role in the mass murder.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – the same man who recently said he’d love to see illegal aliens come to New York – instinctively sees it the way Bob Beckel does: When in doubt, think right-wingers first.
Before Shazad was apprehended, the Mayor was interviewed by Katie Couric of CBS News:
KATIE COURIC: Law enforcement officials don’t know who left the Nissan Pathfinder behind, but, at this point, the mayor believes the suspect acted alone.
MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: If I had to guess — 25 cents — this would be exactly that, somebody-
COURIC TO BLOOMBERG: A home-grown?
BLOOMBERG: Home-grown, 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.
… because ever since ObamaCare became law, right-wingers have become dangerously unhinged, setting off bombs, defacing public property, inciting violence from sea to shining sea, triggering a wave of extremist reaction that has liberals terribly worried.
In Bloomberg’s world, the reflexive response is to ask: If it isn’t an ObamaCare dissenter – or someone still mad that a black man (half-white, really) became President – then who on earth could want to blow up Times Square like that? If not a “teabagger,” then what other real possibilities are there?
Well, according the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, this may not have even been a terrorist attack.
On FNC’s Fox and Friends yesterday, she said:
Until we know the perpetrators, the people, person or persons responsible, you don’t know the derivation, you don’t know their intent.
… because it is apparently reasonable to think that this could have been anything but an attempted terrorist attack – like, for instance, a cutting edge promotion by Planet Hollywood to get people to try their “20 wings for $9.99” special, or a “Kick Off May With A Bang” campaign from Payless Shoe Source, hyping their “two-for-one” sneaker sale.
FOX ANCHOR: Clearly the guy was trying to, if not kill people, then scare people, which is terrorism.
NAPOLITANO: Uh, well, uh, and it, and uh, we do know that if that, you know, if the explosions actually had been properly done and ignited, that would have been quite a fireball in that particular area … It was not properly done. It was not effective.
Nothing gets by Janet Napolitano.
Just don’t anyone dare use the words “radicalized Muslim” in this discussion.
Now, to be fair, Mayor Bloomberg this morning did take a step in the right direction by acknowledging that the attempted bombing was, in fact, designed to hurt and kill as many innocents as possible (i.e., a terrorist act), but he was also careful to say, “And I want to make clear that we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers.”
… because after the 9/11 attacks, New Yorkers – who apparently haven’t the ability to differentiate between those who commit evil acts and those who don’t – went after all Muslims with a ferocity and vengeance that cannot be accurately quantified.
There are still bodies in the streets from that retaliation.
Leave it to Mayor Mike to set us all straight.