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Of Tolerance and Terrorists

Typical intolerant America. Any day now, there'll probably be a proposal for separate drinking fountains for terrorists.

by
Frank J. Fleming

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January 11, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Perhaps if we considered the ways of the terrorist, we might actually learn something. All of our advanced science tells us that overpopulation is a problem, but all this time terrorists have been directly fighting that very problem with their seemingly primitive technique of blowing people up. We have also just learned in the past century to conserve nature and not harm endangered species, but this was already something the terrorists apparently knew, as they only kill a species that is quite plentiful: people.

And while we feebly try to reduce our carbon footprints with recycling and other measures, the terrorists have been well ahead of us by completely removing carbon footprints by eliminating people. With our military strikes, we target combatants who all tend to be young males — the main producers in most societies.  Terrorists, however, go after non-combatants like women and children, whose deaths tend to destabilize a country’s economy to a much lesser degree. So while we may look on terrorists as primitive and barbaric, perhaps they have some wisdom we have simply forgotten in the West.

I guess many Americans are just scared because terrorists are trying to kill us, but can we really blame them for wanting to attack us when we celebrate their deaths and always portray them as villains in movies and TV shows? It’s time to end our visceral, knee-jerk, negative reaction to them. Luckily, we now have a president who will finally treat terrorists like human beings.

Obama has vowed to stop the bellicose rhetoric of the former commander-in-chief and is even working to give terrorists the same legal rights as all Americans. That’s because Obama is not a hater who condemns people just because they’re different or “society” says their actions are wrong. Why, back in Chicago, he was even friends with a terrorist. That’s the sort of tolerance America is supposed to be known for.

So I hope we can become a more caring society that accepts terrorists as our friends and equals. Yes, today if someone is identified as a terrorist, he isn’t even allowed to use public transportation or go to a public school. We can slowly change this, though, and then, finally, terrorists can fully be part of society and no longer have to hide. Then instead of having to conceal their bombs in their underwear, they can proudly wear them in full display to all. And we can finally live in harmony, blowing people up together in love and friendship.

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Frank J. Fleming is the author of Punch Your Inner Hippie, coming November 11th, and the science fiction novel Superego, coming later this year, writes columns for PJ Media and the New York Post, and blogs at IMAO.us, and if he were president, he'd never be seen on the golf course during international crises, because he'd be in the White House basement playing video games.
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