I saw the following excerpt in some British rag awhile back and I tucked it away for a future post:
“Richard Whittam, prosecuting, described how Mr. Ali was watched speaking in ‘hushed tones in a foreign language’ on taking a mobile phone call, was likely a terrorist and up to foul play, possibly planning an attack to be detailed later.”
I’ll suppose that day has arrived. And, a stage is set, possibly even for a point to be made. But, you have to read on. Do it!
In some ways the non-referenced terrorists, or terrorists in general, possibly real terrorists, have become quite successful, as crappy obvious terrorists might go.
The prosecution obviously wanted to make Mr Ali’s behaviour seem sinister. But I don’t think I’ll be alone in saying that in fact, he should be commended. So few people speak quietly on their cellular telephones these days that anybody who shows this level of consideration to others ought to be given a commendation.
In fact, if everyone was a terrorist, going out in public might be slightly less annoying than it currently is.
We’d never again have to listen to people yelling “I’m on the bus” (although that could well be a Christian terrorist quoting that, not necessarily, Christian Mr. Jim Collins, that so many of them mistakenly claim). Seriously, you never hear terrorists announcing: ” Hellooo… I’m preparing to blow up the bus”.
And teenagers wouldn’t be playing music on their phones, because isn’t music forbidden to (Muslim) terrorists – along with anything else that might make them think life was worth living?
Of course, I suppose that if everybody was a terrorist we may have to put up with far more bombings than we’re used to. It’s “swings and roundabouts” (as my British father-in-law might say), like so many of today’s issues.
And, how are we defining “terrorists” today? Wikipedia, naturally, has a quite thorough description of what a terrorist, might be, or could be, or should be. You can review all of that yourself right here. As for me, I see terrorists everywhere. And, I can’t yet determine if the Talibahn somehow anticipated this, or just dumb-lucked into it.
But, since 9/11 we stand for a long time in lines at air ports. And, we’ve spent a lot of money that might or might not be justified, fighting people we don’t really know, in places we can never understand. We question some people and things too much, and many other things not enough. Bullies have risen to power, or abuse power
All that said, I think we’re literally surrounded by terrorists.
The aforementioned prosecutor, Mr. Whittam is a terrorist. What you don’t know about the above quote was that the hapless Mr. Ali was only attempting to explain the purpose of a recent credit card expenditure to his wife while trying to be courteous to other people in a cafe. That now sinister Mr. Whittam appears to have twisted or omitted certain facts to paint a picture that suited his own nefarious purposes to make a case. This means he abused the law. That is also mentioned as a form of terrorism in Wikipedia. So, he’s a cultural and literal terrorist because he took a deliberate step to create fear and uncertainty – and, the literal definition of “Terror” comes from a Latin word meaning “to frighten” (that’s likely in Wikipedia too. But, I can’t say with certainty because I’ve failed to read the entire dissertation).
The guy that did my landscaping is also a terrorist. One of my Brothers-in-Law says the same thing about my Mother-in-Law. Members of Congress that are going to try and force a watered down healthcare bill (you can read more about that in one of my earlier posts: healthcare is not for You) down your throat while exempting themselves from it, could be deemed terrorists.
There is, of course, some irony amongst all this as the word judgment comes to mind. But, we can address that point another time.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork