"Dude, I just saw some really weird s***. I don't know what to do. Should I call someone or is that being racist?" That's the question a teenager working at a New Jersey Circuit City asked after watching a video of "bearded men wearing fundamentalist attire and shooting big, f-ing guns" while "screaming 'God is great.'"
In the woods. Hanging out in New Jersey. Five years after 9/11. All these warning signs
Welcome to America 2007: Alarmed by the sight of Islamists running through the suburbs, firing guns, and screaming "Allahu Akbar," we assume that there's something wrong with us.
The New York Post doesn't report how the young man's coworkers answered his question. We can only hope someone at Circuit City had the good sense to answer: "I don't care if your the freakin' Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan — call the police!"
He did. He pulled a "see something, say something" and the ensuing 15-month investigation led to the arrest of six alleged conspirators; the end of a plot that involved automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades; and the same old demands that we "pay no attention to the Islamist behind the video camera!" from the Muslim-American community.
It took CAIR — the Council of Angry Islamic Radicals (or something like that) — less than 24 hours to issue a press release demanding that "media outlets and public officials refrain from linking [the Fort Dix] case to the faith of Islam." Just a reminder: It took CAIR three months after 9/11 to denounce Osama bin Laden.
CAIR could have saved their fax paper. If the average American saw only the first day of the mainstream media's coverage of the Ft. Dix Six, he would have to conclude that Albanian roofers from Yugoslavia were plotting to attack US military installations over some dispute involving thin vs. thick-crust pizza.
Lots of references to the former Yugoslavia, almost none to the current threat from Islamist loonies. They were "of Albanian ethnicity," they were "non-religious" people who delivered pizza and worked construction.
My favorite (non) description of the suspects was the news story that referred to plotters as simply "Balkan." As in "from the Balkan Mountains."
This is tantamount to describing the 9/11 hijackers as "some guys from the desert."
The problem, obviously, isn't that there are armed people from the desert. A dozen Hopi Indians could go skeet shooting in New Jersey and who would care? Nobody's going to bed tonight worried that tensions in the Slavic roofing community could boil over into widespread violence.
And as far as the accusation of "racism" goes, one of the six alleged conspirators is an American citizen. Another is from Turkey, and another from Jordan. It is doubtful that the US Census Bureau even has a category for "Yugo-Albanian-Jordo-Turks." Even in New Jersey.
No, what the Circuit City Kid noticed is the one thing dopes who drone on about the "Religion of Peace" keep telling us we're not allowed to notice — religion. Your hunt club decides to host a tent revival and nobody will care. But you start handing out guns to people shouting "Allahu Akbar" and pledging their loyalty to jihad, and people are going to call the cops. And that's a good thing.
Not everyone agrees, of course. House Democrats are still fighting against the "John Doe" measure that would protect citizens from lawsuits if "see something, say something" led inadvertently to an embarrassing situation or was based on what turned out to be an unfounded concern.
That doesn't seem to apply in this case. We know now — and the Circuit City Kid surely suspected — is that there was more to the "radical roofers" than playing Outback Al Qaeda in the New Jersey woodlands. They were reportedly inspired by the words of Osama bin Laden, talked openly about "going jihad," and planned to obtain and use powerful weapons to kill as many Americans as possible.
They were stopped in part because there was at least one American left still willing to use "Islam" and "suspicious" in the same sentence. For the moment, at least.
Meanwhile, the cries of "racist" aren't going away. Just a few days ago, South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told the National Council of La Raza that he and Sen. John McCain were going to "tell the bigots to shut up." The "bigots" are those of us who want immigration laws enforced. The "shutting up" refers to the fact that we keep pointing out how irrational and untenable the McCain/Graham open borders approach truly is.
For example, three of the Ft. Dix plotters were here in the U.S. illegally. All three had repeated encounters with local law enforcement, including drug charges, obstruction of justice, and making threats. And yet, all three were allowed to stay in the U.S. and continue to plot to kill Americans.
I wish one cop who had busted one of these losers had dragged him down to ICE and turned him in. To me, the cop who did that would be a hero.
To Sen. Lindsey Graham, that cop would be a "bigot."
Is allowing immigration criminals and Islamist terrorists living easily among us really a better outcome than occasionally making a law-abiding Muslim citizen or legal immigrant feel uncomfortable, even for just a moment?
If you're not sure how to answer, there's a guy at Circuit City you need to talk to.