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Friday, August 11, 2006

Media, Humanity Mixed On Plane Threat

Refreshing in some of today's coverage of yesterday's airline plot story was the frank admission of the Islamist roots of the would-be terrorists. Here's AP, paragraph three:
The men, ranging in age from 17 to 35, had names of Muslim origin, many of which are common in Pakistan.
NYTimes paragraph 4: "Most of the men were in their 20’s, and all had Muslim names."

Hanging on to political correctness was WaPo, burying deep its only reference to Muslims:
[British Home Secretary] Reid also went to lengths to ensure that British officials were not casting blanket blame on Britain's Muslim community, saying that all people were victims in terror attacks that do not differentiate between people based on their religion or ethnic background.

Worst, natch, was the LATimes, which never could bring itself to say "Muslim" in its two-click article. It identified where the suspects lived inn England without saying it was a Muslim neighborhood. It mentioned Pakistan and gave some Al Qaeda history, but actually say these were Muslims? No, they'd leave that dirty work to President Bush:

After news of the suspected plot became public, Bush proceeded with plans Thursday to headline a GOP fundraiser near Green Bay, Wis., and tour a metal manufacturing plant. Upon arriving at the airport, he called the arrests a "stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation."
Most troubling of all was the news that one suspect, Abdul Waheed, 21, was Don Stewart-Whyte until recently, and another, Ibrahim Savant,used to be Oliver Savant. AP quotes a neighbor about Waheed:
"He converted to Islam about six months ago and grew a full beard. He used to smoke weed and drink a lot but he is completely different now."
I'll say. Let's get inside the head of these two quickly, so we can add their profiles to the racial profiles we need to be using to fight the Mohammeds and Abduls and Ibrahims that want to kill us.

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