Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The terrorists are coming...

By Libby

Bruce Kesler is pretty excited to have a found the perfect website to convince all us clueless liberals that we all should be hiding under our beds because the terrorists are coming and ZOMG - we're all gonna die.

You have to see it to believe it, and I really mean to believe it: The world is a very dangerous place.

There’s nothing I’ve ever experienced – short of actually experiencing war or terrorist incidents --that so brings the message home, literally, right to your computer, and so comprehensively, about the need to be vigilant.

Now to be fair, the interactive map is actually very cool. It's got lots of fun stuff to play with and presumably refreshes every seven minutes with new 'terrorist events.' I only checked out the US strikes so I didn't stay long enough to verify that, but the list of 'terrorist events' was rather amusing.

My favorite were the two Romanians who overstayed their visa and racked up $3000 worth of phone calls on a stolen cell. Probably calling home. The pipe bomb outside of the Home Depot sounded a little more serious but there didn't seem to be any AQ connection. In fact, everything I read about was the sort of run of the mill crime that has been occurring in this country since well before '9/11 changed everything."

I've been thinking about that phrase lately. In terms of terrorism, 9/11 didn't change a thing. We're in no more danger from terrorists than we ever were, well outside of the fact that there's more of them since Bush started his recruiting drive a/k/a the 'war on terror.' But what did change is that it created a whole new social class of Americans who now cringe in fear every time a car backfires and are convinced that every single ordinary criminal is really a secret terrorist agent who is going to make them wear a burka and immediately assume anything out of the ordinary, like say spilled flour in a parking lot, is a terrorist attack.

If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.

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Anonymous bazzat said...

My personal favourite:

"Australian Maritime Union says it has received reports that seamen stuck on a Panama-registered ship off Western Australia are suffering infections and rashes from dirty water onboard"

Scary stuff indeed.

4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Dirty water? Oh no. ZOMG, we're all gonna die.

6:24:00 PM  
Anonymous swampcracker said...

But Libby, don't you know the difference between a wingnut and terrorist?

You can negotiate with a terrorist.

12:01:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good point SC.

8:02:00 AM  

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