Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Uh-oh. Another man-caused disaster.

Housing crisis victim

"Times Square bombing suspect's life had unraveled," says the totally unravelled Associated Press in one of its typical quotation marks news quotation marks stories.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Not long ago, Faisal Shahzad had a pretty enviable life: He became an American citizen after emigrating from Pakistan, where he came from a wealthy family. He earned an MBA. He had a well-educated wife and two kids and owned a house in a middle-class Connecticut suburb.
Notice the total passivity of the United States, the total command of Shahzad. "He became an American citizen after emigrating from Pakistan." It sounds like anyone in Pakistan who's got the bucks can bop to the airport, re-terrestrialize at JFK International, collect an HB-1 visa after a few years as a "student," and be granted U.S. citizenship whenever the spirit moves him. Hello, middle class suburb. "I'm Faisal. This is my well-educated wife. These are my well-raised children."
In the past couple of years, though, his life seemed to unravel: He left a job at a global marketing firm he'd held for three years, lost his home to foreclosure and moved into an apartment in an impoverished neighborhood in Bridgeport.
Poor Faisal and his well-educated wife. The housing mortgage crisis sent him bonkers, just like all those Americans the length and breadth of the land who lost their homes and drove into the central city to set off explosions. The country he condescended to call his own (hands up, who thinks he kept his Pakistani citizenship as well?) didn't do enough for him. He'd show them.
And last weekend, authorities say, he drove an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square intent on blowing it up. … The SUV Shahzad is accused of driving into Times Square contained a metal rifle cabinet that was packed with fertilizer, but police bomb experts believe it wasn't a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terrorist bombings.
"Shahzad was granted an H1-B visa for skilled workers in 2002, according to the official who spoke to the AP." Surely he owed his visa to the fact that the United States was experiencing a severe shortage of junior financial analysts at the time. Fortunately for the rest of us, unfortunately for him, bomb making wasn't his area of expertise.

So this time we can chalk up another victory for good luck. The Official Commentariat will wring its hands over a nice young man with a well-educated ("like her husband" — AP) wife who "listed her passions as 'fashion, shoes, bags, shopping!! And of course, Faisal.' " Of course. Maybe Faisal wasn't too keen on being categorized with fashion, shoes, etc. among his well-educated wife's passions. Anyway, he was too ashamed to go to bankruptcy court, so he went back to Pakistan for remedial terrorist training.

Terrorist! Yes, I said it! (Mark Levin's verbal trademark has got into my head.)

Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. Muslim terrorist. … Are you listening, Janet Napolitano? No, I didn't think so.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent post, Rick. Thanks.

Though it'd likely be a waste of money and postal resources, it might be fun to raise a campaign to mail sympathy cards to mayor bloomberg and contessa brewer of msnbs--condolences for their heartbreak over learning that the Times Square perp wasn't a "white teabagger," as they had so devoutly hoped.