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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I'm Sorry, But You Aren't Allowed To Feel That Way

Asian Students' Shock At Ejection From Jet By Passenger Mutiny
Two Asian students have revealed their shock and despair after being thrown off a plane because other passengers feared they were suicide bombers.

Manchester Umist students Sohail Ashraf and Khurram Zeb, both 22, said they sympathised with nervous travellers, but urged people not to be paranoid about Muslims.

"We might be Asian, but we're two ordinary lads who wanted a bit of fun," Mr Ashraf told the Daily Mirror.

"Just because we're Muslim does not mean we are suicide bombers."

Three points I'd like to make here:
1) It's a bit disengenous to call them "asian" as if that were the defining characteristic that caused the brouhaha. They aren't just "asian,", they are young, Muslim men. Aye, there's the rub. I'm sorry boys, but you don't get to feel "shock and despair" when you belong to a very visible, very active demographic that has committed almost every major terrorist attack of the last fifty years. Don't complain about the passengers on the airplane, complain about your Muslim brethren that have created the climate of violence and murder that causes people to look at you with apprehension.

2) Give me one good reason why I should not be paranoid of young Muslim men. I'm sorry boys, but you don't get to accuse me or anyone else of paranoia when you belong to a very visible, very active demographic that has committed almost every major terrorist attack of the last fifty years. Don't complain about our paranoia, complain about your Muslim brethren that have created the climate of violence and murder that causes people to look at you with apprehension.

3) In this day and age you no longer get to be "ordinary lads" looking for a bit of fun. While being Muslim doesn't automatically make you a "suicide bomber," being a "suicide bomber" almost certainly means you are Muslim. I'm sorry boys, but you don't get to feel "ordinary" when you belong to a very visible, very active demographic that has committed almost every major terrorist attack of the last fifty years. Don't complain about people making assumptions based on a massive preponderance of the evidence, complain about your Muslim brethren that have created the climate of violence and murder that causes people to look at you with apprehension.
I'm Sorry, But You Aren't Allowed To Feel That Way. Until you, Mr. Ashraf and Mr. Zeb, care enough to take a loud, uncompromising stand against the Islamofacists, who are the true villians in this story, you have no right to feel put out, put down, put upon, shocked, or dismayed by the actions of a rightfully suspicious public. Especially when they are about to spend a few hours with you in an aluminum tube traveling several hundred miles per hour at 35,000 feet in the air.

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