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We're Not Outraged, Because We're Not Paying Attention

Over the weekend, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, two events happened on opposite sides of the Atlantic. And the contrast could not be greater.

In Florida, this two-bit whacko preacher threatened to burn Korans. This nobody managed to garner all kinds of attention from around the world. Muslims all over the place were outraged. The New Black Panther Party issued veiled threats. President Obama said it was a bad thing. General Petraeus, from Afghanistan, said it would not be helpful. The FBI even visited the pastor for as-yet-undetermined reasons. And Americans all over denounced him as a hateful, bigoted jerk.

In the end, he didn't burn any Korans.

Meanwhile, across the pond, a bunch of Muslims held their own gathering in London. They're a little vague on details, but it seems to have been a generalized anti-American rally. They weren't happy about our policies and actions in the Middle East, and they probably weren't too keen on the almost-burning of some Korans, but the anti-American angle was pretty clear: they showed up at the US Embassy and burned American flags and copies of the Constitution.

Millions of Americans failed to demonstrate their outrage at this gross insult. Many didn't even hear about it. But generally, they weren't outraged because they weren't paying attention.

And why the hell should they?

This demonstration of "Islamic rage" is a temper tantrum. More specifically, the kind of tantrum a toddler throws: the only emotions it generates is amusement, mild annoyance, and embarrassment in the child's guardians.

And in this case, Islam has no grown-ups to be embarrassed by it.

Hey, assholes: so you burned copies of our flag and our Constitution. Big whoop. We don't believe in voodoo or sympathetic magic or whatever you wanna call it. Instead, we just say "look at the babies, playing with fire. All they're gonna do is burn themselves."

Morons. We do worse to ourselves FOR FUN. You're gonna have to try a lot harder to get us worked up.

And you really, really, really don't want to do that.


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Morons. We do worse to o... (Below threshold)

Morons. We do worse to ourselves FOR FUN. You're gonna have to try a lot harder to get us worked up.

And you really, really, really don't want to do that.

Again.

Thousands of korans burned ... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Thousands of korans burned last week to the satisfaction of thousands of people tired of the pissing, moaning, and violent behavior by muslims offended by some stupid thing or another. They just were not reported or televised, but you can take it to the bank, that thousands of korans will burn EVERY SEPTEMBER 11TH from now on to commemorate the ashes of the victims of muslim terrorists who killed based on that hateful violence inciting book.

Muslims will never know how many korans are destroyed in this country each year, but the numbers are staggering and growing each year.

Bring on the temper tantrums.

Burning the flag and the co... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Burning the flag and the constitution? 41% of Americans are in solidarity with them. You know, the ones who always vote Democrat.

How many Korans have been d... (Below threshold)
howcome:

How many Korans have been destroyed in suicide bombings? To hell with the innocent Muslims killed, it seems Muslims get really worked up when a non-Muslim even touches a Koran. I am sick of hearing the hypocrisy from childish Muslims, grow up already.

What's left to say about a ... (Below threshold)
roy:

What's left to say about a culture that can't deal with beer, barbeque pork and women in bikinis?

Hey, assholes: so you bu... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Hey, assholes: so you burned copies of our flag and our Constitution. Big whoop. We don't believe in voodoo or sympathetic magic or whatever you wanna call it. Instead, we just say "look at the babies, playing with fire.

Jay, if the media were to give all day coverage; repeatedly showing Muslims burning the flag, constitution or bible, do you think do you think it would lead to violence against Muslims? Typically images of people burning the U.S. flag are only shown for a couple of seconds in the news, what if it was given all day coverage?

Tina, I dunno. I suspect th... (Below threshold)

Tina, I dunno. I suspect that most people would turn the channel and find something -- anything -- else to watch.

But it sounds like a fun experiment.

I have faith in my fellow Americans that nothing untoward would happen -- or so little as to be essentially nothing. We're inured to it, and we're grown up enough to not let it faze us.

Hell, SNL (I think) had an Iranian News Skit where every segue was "Death To America," and all we did was laugh (weakly) at the gag. Look it up.

J.

...if the media we... (Below threshold)
...if the media were to give all day coverage; repeatedly showing Muslims burning the flag, constitution or bible, do you think do you think it would lead to violence against Muslims?

No.

Yeah burning stuff like tha... (Below threshold)
ron:

Yeah burning stuff like that just goes to show that Muslims live in the pseudo world of symbolisms.

The question is double stan... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

The question is double standards. If leaders like Obama, Pelosi, MSM, etc are outrage and condemning people for burning the Koran, shouldn't they do the same when people burn our flag and constitution?

The message they send in condemning the first and not the second is one of the fallowing. They care more about the Koran than our flag and constitution or they only care if someone is willing to get violent about it. So if you want them to care about what you value, you must be willing to get violent over it. Hell of a message either way.

And you really, really, rea... (Below threshold)

And you really, really, really don't want to (get us worked up).

Time for a Hiroshima happening.

(Passed, in Afghanistan, centered on the head of Obama bin Laden, within about twenty-four hours after the first of the atrocities of September 11 2001!)

Better management next time!




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