Now, of course, the US media has had the circus over the whole attack. And the thing I've been really fed up by is that clip of some group of Middle Eastern folks, somewhere, cheering the destruction. One clip. There are millions of Islamic people and most of them are just are horrified and angry and saddened by the destruction and the death of innocents as any other human being. It's just another example of the U.S. media dehumanizing Islamic people. Presenting it such that people here would believe that everyone there is cheering. Of course that particular presentation has led to some Americans confronting and abusing other Americans that happen to be of Middle Eastern decent.
It's about as useful and justifiable as the Japanese internment camps back after Pearl Harbor. The terrorists win if the U.S. limits the civil liberties of people who are utterly innocent, which, in my mind, includes being afraid of stepping out of ones front door because ones neighbors are going to abuse you for an association you had no power to make or break. It just makes me mad in a different way.
Bush's inane speech gave me shivers, because I could easily envision the people who had done the attack as having had exactly the same kind of pep talk. Everything from the talk of Good and Evil to the invocation of God, and the attackers probably felt that there was evidence of God being On Their Side because they, at least, succeeded in doing what they tried. I hope Bush never gets the war he wants. I'd rather see a focused, clear strike on the exact group responsible.
Colin Powell's press conference, on the other hand, actually gave me a lot of hope. He was thoughtful, very firm about shutting down the Media folks who asked him inane hypothetical couched in the terms of a question. He squashed rampant speculation and was very clear about gathering a body of evidence. It was very clear that he believed that if we were to act it would have to be very clear that the U.S. would have a solid, clearly evidenced basis upon which to act. When it was clear it would be decisive. He did it by talking only in particulars, and being very firm about ending speculation as presented by the questions.
I was very glad to get that speech and Q&A period completely unfiltered. NPR played it just straight through, and I was glad. At least it's in the right hands, as far a I can tell, which isn't very as it's not anything I have the least expertise in, but at least Powell gave me a warm feeling about the hands that were closest to the problem.