Friday, May 7, 2010

Middle aged white males upset about health care aren't so bad

News of the nationality of the man charged with trying to ignite a car bomb in Times Square was met with "a collective groan" from Pakistani Americans, according to Anjum Alden, managing editor of PakUSOnline, a website for Pakistani immigrants and their descendants in the USA.

"When (Faisal Shahzad's) name was released to the public, our worst fears were confirmed," Alden wrote. "Once again, Pakistan is in the forefront of the negative limelight."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city "will not tolerate any bias or backlash" against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers.

People in Brooklyn's "Little Pakistan" neighborhood have noticed more police patrols, said Mohammad Razvi of the Council of Peoples Organization, a South Asian service group founded after 9/11.

There have been no incidents, "not even a peep, thank God," Razvi said. "Our fellow Americans understand that this person had nothing to do with the Pakistani and South Asian communities here."

I imagine that a terror attack on Pakistan by a lone crazed American would have resulted in wide spread anti American and anti Christian riots and violence in Pakistan.

But, notwithstanding the constant chorus accusing Americans of bigotry and racism, the American people have engaged in remarkably few acts of discrimination, revenge or violence against those who share their nationality or religion with anti American terrorists.

Maybe Obama, Bloomberg, et al. can take a moment out of their anti American streams of consciousness and acknowledge that the stereotypical "middle aged white male" "upset about health care" (the initial suspect in the Times Square attack identified by Mayor Bloomberg) isn't such a bad guy after all.

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