How are America’s allies remembering the real victims of 9/11? “Muslim Canucks Deal with Stereotypes Ten Years After 9/11,” reports CTV in Canada. And it’s a short step from stereotyping to criminalizing. “How the Fear of Being Criminalized Has Forced Muslims into Silence,” reports the Guardian in Britain. In Australia, a Muslim terrorism suspect was so fearful of being criminalized and stereotyped in the post-9/11 epidemic of paranoia that he pulled a Browning pistol out of his pants and hit Sgt. Adam Wolsey of the Sydney constabulary. Fortunately, Judge Leonie Flannery acquitted him of shooting with intent to harm on the grounds that “‘anti-Muslim sentiment’ made him fear for his safety,” as Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported on Friday. That’s such a heartwarming story for this 9/11 anniversary they should add an extra panel to the peace quilt, perhaps showing a terror suspect opening fire on a judge as she’s pronouncing him not guilty and then shrugging off the light shoulder wound as a useful exercise in healing and unity.
It's not stereotyping if you round them all up for a reason, you see.
In Mark Steyn's America, you're supposed to live in mortal fear of anyone who's not a white, evangelical Christian because they'll kill you, your family, your pets, your neighbors, the nice lady at the office who brings donuts every other Friday and then they'll raise from the dead with their weird religious magic and kill you all over again.
The notion that all over America, we treated millions of American Muslims as enemies of the state for the last ten years simply hasn't occurred to Steyn, because if it did happen, it was just prudence or something.
And so we commemorate an act of war as a “tragic event,” and we retreat to equivocation, cultural self-loathing, and utterly fraudulent misrepresentation about the events of the day. In the weeks after 9/11, Americans were enjoined to ask, “Why do they hate us?” A better question is: “Why do they despise us?” And the quickest way to figure out the answer is to visit the Peace Quilt and the Wish Tree, the Crescent of Embrace and the Hole of Bureaucratic Inertia.
So Brave And Valiant Mark Steyn is all ready to take the crusade to the jihadis just around the corner...or would, if you just hated Muslims irrationally enough to get his back and in fact take the lead, so he can continue to fight the good fight by writing angry columns from waaaaaaaaaay back here. Go on, he'll catch up. Really though, Steyn's wondering why you haven't done your part to make Muslims so unwelcome in America that they're still here.
The fact that nine years and some change later we got the guy ultimately responsible for the attack is apparently not in the Mark Steyn Tenth Anniversary Of Muslims Are The Enemy Day celebration guide. Nor is the notion that Bush failed to protect the country on that day, either...but what's a few facts among the pogroms?