ABOUT A LUCKY MAN WHO MADE THE GRADE
HE BLEW HIS MIND OUT IN A CAR
HE HADN'T NOTICED THAT THE LIGHTS HAD CHANGED
A CROWD OF PEOPLE STOOD AND STARED
THEY'D SEEN HIS FACE BEFORE
NOBODY WAS REALLY SURE IF HE WAS FROM THE HOUSE OF LORDS ...
In the wake of David Sirota’s hot-button essay last week, “Let’s Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber Is a White American,” conservatives swarmed to trash Sirota and Salon. I’m not here to defend or criticize Sirota’s piece – I get in enough trouble on these issues myself — but the storm it provoked was revealing, especially once we learned the identity of the two suspects: Tamarlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens who grew up in Russia and came legally to the U.S., who were also Muslim.
Hate mail and punditry targeting Salon and Sirota declared that Sirota was not only morally wrong in hoping the terrorists would turn out to be white — but that he was proven spectacularly incorrect, because the Tsarnaev brothers are not white. “Sorry David Sirota, looks like Boston Bombing suspects are not ‘white Americans,’” wrote the folks at Newsbusters. “Is David Sirota crying uncontrollably because the Boston bombers weren’t whites??” one conservative emailed Salon. There was a lot of other email in the same tedious vein.
But are we sure the Tsarnaevs aren’t white? They are quite literally Caucasian, as in from the Caucuses: Rebecca Eisenberg helps with this handy map. And ethnically in this country, we count Americans of Russian descent, as well as Chechens, as white. Dzhokhar was a naturalized American citizen; Tamarlan had applied for citizenship but reportedly didn’t get it because of FBI concerns about his possible ties to Islamic radicals.
So why are the Tsarnaev brothers not white, at least to right-wingers? Is it only because they’re Muslim? Muslim immigrants? Or is it because they’re “bad,” and whiteness must be surrendered when white people are bad?
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PUTIN LECTURES OBAMA on Radical Islam During Phone Call
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SHOCK Report: U.S. Officials Say Boston Bombers Motivated By Islam
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. officials say preliminary evidence from an interrogation suggests the suspects in the Boston Marathon attack were motivated by religion but were apparently not tied to any Islamic terrorist groups.
The two brothers, born in the Chechen region of Russia, practiced Islam.
The U.S. officials spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.
One of the brothers died in a police shootout Friday. The other brother was formally charged Monday after being questioned by federal officials in his hospital room where he is recovering from multiple injuries.
I am not a fan of Putin, but I give him props for this.
Did Obama seriously listen, I doubt it.
Ugh, I threw up when I read the title from Salon.
Yes Putin is right on this. HOWEVER, let's not forget that the Soviet Union was instrumental in riling up Muslim forces against Israel. In fact S.U. was directly involved with arming Arab armies in the wars of 67 and 73 (and most probably 56).
All that leads up to today when, even though the relations between Jerusalem and Moscow have warmed in recent years with Putin visiting Israel twice, Russia still votes in favor of Palestinians and is instrumental in protecting regimes like that of Ahmadinejad and Hamas.
I'd say Putin only knows how to deal with Muslims when it comes to Chechens and those in Dagestan. I would also give his administration credit for standing with Assad because if he falls Israel will be surrounded by murdering thugs way worse than Assad. However, I don't think he's in any position to lecture anyone about how to deal with Muslims when his administration still shelters some of the big Muslim threats (Iran, Hamas, etc).
LOL I can just imagine this phone call. The definitely non PC Putin talking to a man who loves Muslims.
Would have liked to be a bug on that one. :)
Heh. You're right, Christine. That may have been one hilarious phone call to have heard.
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