Suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad is giving people a bad name.
And, no, we don’t mean terrorists. (They do a fantastic job of that on their own, obvs.)
We mean immigrants. And naturalized citizens. And Pakistani Americans, who, in the wake of several recent terror plots involving other Pakistani Americans, are living in fear of the backlash. People whose lives may resemble Shahzad’s in one way or another with the exception of one key point–they aren’t terrorists.
But they’re certainly more likely now to be suspected as such. Which is just what everyone needs in our current climate of immigrant-hate, rah-rah-racial profiling, and politicians preying on people’s fear of The Other, as in this ad from Republican Dan Fanelli, who’s running for Congress in Florida:
So thanks, Faisal Shahzad. Thanks for fanning the flames of not only religious extremism but political opportunism as well. That takes talent. Good thing you have more talent for that than for making bombs! You’re on a no-fly list now? We can think of another list to put you on that would be just as appropriate.
(Hint: rhymes with “Kick Dancer.”)
Filed under: Anti-Immigration Law, Arizona, Bad Apples, Conservatards, Dan Fanelli, Dick Cancer, Faisal Shahzad, Immigrants, Islamic Extremism, Naturalized Citizens, Pakistani Americans, Political Extremism, Terrorists, Times Square Car Bomber Faisal Shahzad
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