I didn't intend to write anything on the bombings in London today. The blog is in stasis, and I didn't think I had anything to say. What happened is terrible, horrible, and the perpetrators should be drawn and quartered -- what else is there to say? But after listening to Lowell Green this morning on the radio, I'm too fired up to keep quiet.
Two callers enraged me. The first claimed that he had a deep understanding of the motivations of the bombers, and that their acts were the logical response to the 'foreign policy' of America and Britain. Which precise act of foreign policy it was he didn't make clear, but he muttered something about Hosni Mubarak being a dictator and an ally of the United States. His attitude was that it's all very complicated, you see, but since he knows the name of the President of Egypt, you must assume he knows what he's talking about. And the United States is to blame, no question about it.
The other caller went even farther. He said that while of course he doesn't support the mass slaughter of civilians, the bombers were nonetheless 'freedom fighters' working for a just cause. His reasoning for this belief was even more cloudy that the first caller's, but his attitude was again that things were too complex for most common people to understand. But believe him that there are legitimate reasons for these atrocities and it's important to address them. I didn't get a chance to hear what these important issues that need to be addressed because are I was yelling at the radio too loud.
I'd like to think that people like these two chuckleheads are rare, and that most people understand the importance of standing firm against the subhuman thugs that perpetrate these crimes. But they're not. They're our neighbors and perhaps even our friends. I've spoken to far too many people that have concocted the most absurd theories to explain terrorism. They vary in their degrees of loopiness, but the one component of these theories that stays consistent is that it's all the fault of the United States.
But it's really them, those that justify, sanctify, and even praise mass murder, that makes terrorism so effective.