Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: Whatever You Do, Don't Call It a Hate Crime (Regarding the 7/4 LAX Gunman)
Posted on 07/10/2002 12:54:05 PM PDT by Bryan
I'm a dead white male, as you can tell from the above picture. Suppose on Martin Luther King Day I went to the offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and shot the receptionists. How many nano-seconds do you think it would take before the attack was being characterized as racially motivated? Your top Olympic hotshot could ingest every steroid on the planet and he couldn't beat that time.
Suppose it was Judy Garland's birthday and I went to my local gay bathhouse and opened fire on the fetching young men handing out the towels. How many minutes would tick by before the word "homophobia" was heard? Or suppose it was the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and me and my semi-automatic swung by the abortion clinic?
Well, you get the idea. On the Fourth of July (hint) a guy went to the airport in Los Angeles, sauntered up to the ticket counter of El Al (hint) and fatally shot two people and wounded three. How many folks hearing the news on a quickie radio update honestly expected it to be anyone other than a Muslim male of Middle Eastern origin? Obviously, Underperformin' Norman Mineta, the scrupulously sensitivity-trained U.S. Transportation Secretary, would have been wary of jumping to conclusions. Were he running the LAPD, he'd have pulled in a couple of elderly nuns and Kelli-Sue, a trainee hairdresser from Des Moines.
But, fortunately for the final death toll, El Al has its own security and so the suspect, after firing 10 rounds, was himself killed. And whaddaya know? He wasn't an elderly nun but a 41-year-old Egyptian male! His name wasn't Kellie-Sue, it was Hesham Mohamed Hadayet!
This stunning development seems to have completely disoriented the FBI. I quote from The New York Times headline: "Officials Puzzled About Motive Of Airport Gunman." Hmm. Egyptian Muslim kills Jews on American national holiday. Best not to jump to conclusions. Denial really is a river in Egypt. "It appears he went there with the intention of killing people," said Richard Garcia, the Bureau's agent in charge. "Why he did that we are still trying to determine."
CNN and The Associated Press all but stampeded to report a "witness" who described the shooter as a fat white guy in a ponytail who kept yelling "Artie took my job." But, alas, this promising account proved to be a prank. Saudi Arabia's popular Arab News suggested that Mr. Hadayet had made the mistake of doing business with El Al and that "the Israeli airline had been late in paying for two limousine rentals from the Egyptian immigrant's company." If a couple of late cheques were a motive for murder, Izzy's and Conrad's heads would now be stuffed and mounted in my trophy room. But, sadly, this cautionary tale about the Jew bloodsucker's commercial wiles proved also to be false.
That left the police with no leads. Nothing to go on. The trail's stone cold. All the FBI has is an Egyptian male, who'd complained to his apartment managers after his neighbours post-9/11 began displaying the American flag; who'd posted a banner saying "READ KORAN" on his own front door; who told his employees that he hated Israel, that the two biggest drug dealers in New York were Israelis, and that Israel was trying to wipe out the Egyptian population by flooding the country with AIDS-infected Jewess prostitutes.
Could even the most expert psychological profiler make sense of such confusing and contradictory signs? Beats me, Sherlock. But, as Agent Garcia says, there's no indication of "anti-Israel views or any other type of racial views." Orange County's Muslim Public Affairs Council has praised Agent Garcia for his exceptionally advanced levels of sensitivity. Any moment now, they'll be demanding to know why Governor Gray Davis has failed to visit a mosque to reassure Muslims.
(Mark Steyn in the British National Post, July 9, 2002)
The case of Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, my dear Watson, is one of those detective stories whose solution is obvious to any newspaper reader but which baffles the authorities by its mysterious complexity. Let us simply list the clues:
1. He attacked the El Al airline at Los Angeles airport and killed two Jews. There are at least 20 airlines using LAX. So if this was a random attack an enraged response, say, to bad airline food over the years the odds were at least 20-to-1 against his targeting El Al. If, however, he consciously selected El Al for attack which seems much more likely then it is reasonable to conclude that he did so because El Al is the Israeli national airline and its officials and passengers were likely to be Israelis and/or Jews.
2. He was heavily armed but had no airline ticket or passenger pick-up that day. In other words, he went to LAX to murder people and not for some legitimate purpose.
3. He was an educated middle-class Egyptian citizen with family connections to people in the national establishment. If the FBI were still allowed to profile, it would have noticed that he fit the profile of the Sept. 11 hijackers with almost embarrassing exactitude.
4. His car bore the bumper-sticker "Read the Koran." Nothing wrong with that, of course. In the absence of other evidence it would suggest merely that he was a pious Muslim. But since ordinarily pious Muslims do not think it right to murder complete strangers, we may legitimately infer that he was one of that extreme "Islamist" faction known as al-Qaida that believes it entirely permissible, even mandatory, to kill Israelis, Jews and their friends and supporters, such as Americans.
5. His neighbors and employees testify that he frequently denounced Israel, U.S. support for Israel, and despite his own relative rise to prosperity as a limousine business owner American discrimination against Arabs and Muslims.
6. And the final conclusive piece of evidence that he was a terrorist: He had once been slated for deportation by the Immigration and Naturalization Service but the INS changed its mind and allowed him to stay in the United States.
Boom boom, as they say on the comedy shows.
What these clues establish, of course, is merely that Hadayet was a terrorist who set out to murder innocent bystanders for political motives. There is less evidence as yet that he was acting on the actual instructions of al-Qaida, or Egyptian Jihad, or any other organized terrorist group.
Some Middle Eastern sources, both Arab and Israeli, claiming counterintelligence sources, suggest that he was a "sleeper" for Egyptian Jihad and that he had twice met Osama bin Laden's deputy in California in 1995 and 1998. According to this theory, he set off to LAX on July 4 because his terrorist godfathers wanted a terrorist outrage on America's national day.
That is perfectly plausible. It is also possible, however, that he was a terrorist sympathizer who quietly seethed with hatred for Israel and the United States and sympathy for bin Laden until he decided one day to strike a blow on his own. After all, it required no great ingenuity to guess that an attack July 4 would be especially unsettling to Americans.
We shall discover which version is correct in due course. In either event, Hadayet was a terrorist.
(John O'Sullivan in the Chicago Sun-Times, July 9, 2002)
On the 4th of July, an Egyptian immigrant to the United States who believes in wild conspiracy theories about Jews, is known for his great "hate for Israel," and has possible ties to al Qaeda, armed himself to the teeth and assaulted the Israeli airline counter at Los Angeles International Airport, killing two.
It is obvious why Hesham Mohamed Ali Hadayet targeted Jews in a highly visible place on so prominent a date: to engage in terrorism against Israel.
But one important institution the U.S. government claims not to know Hadayet's goals. An FBI spokesman has said that "there's nothing to indicate terrorism." Another FBI official said of Hadayet: "It appears he went there with the intention of killing people. Why he did that we are still trying to determine." Possible causes named include a work dispute and a hate crime.
Sure, law enforcement should not jump to conclusions, but this head-in-the-clouds approach is ridiculous. It also fits a well-established pattern. Consider three cases of terrorism in the New York City area:
Rashid Baz, a Lebanese cab driver with a known hatred for all things Israeli and Jewish, armed himself to the teeth in March 1994 and drove around the city looking for a Jewish target. He found his victims a van full of Hasidic boys on the Brooklyn Bridge and fired a hail of bullets against them, killing one boy.
And how did the FBI classify this crime? As "road rage." Only because the murdered boy's mother relentlessly fought this false description did the Bureau finally in 2000 re-classify the murder as "the crimes of a terrorist."
Ali Hasan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian gunman hailing from militant Islamic circles in Florida, took a gun to the top of the Empire State building in February 1997 and shot a tourist there.
His suicide note accused the United States of using Israel as its "instrument" against the Palestinians, but city officials ignored this evidence and instead dismissed Abu Kamal as either "one deranged individual working on his own" (Police Commissioner Howard Safir) or a "man who had many, many enemies in his mind" (Mayor Rudolph Giuliani).
Gamil al-Batouti, an EgyptAir copilot, yelled "I put my faith in God's hands" as he crashed a plane leaving Kennedy airport in October 1999, killing 217. Under Egyptian pressure, the National Transportation Safety Board report shied away from once mentioning Batouti's possible terrorist motives.
And despite all the "world-has-changed" rhetoric following the horrors of last September, Western officialdom continues to pretend terrorism away.
(Daniel Pipes in the New York Post, July 9, 2002)
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bigotry \Big"ot*ry\, n. [Cf. F. bigoterie.] 1. The state of mind of a bigot; obstinate and unreasoning attachment of one's own belief and opinions, with narrow-minded intolerance of beliefs opposed to them.
Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.
Suggestion: Not to fight PC with yet more PC, I would suggest that law enforcement say, "Wait a damned minute. It's not RACIAL profiling -- it's CRIMINAL profiling with only ONE of the characteristics of the profile being race!" That's not being PC, that's just providing the proper definition for what they are doing. The libs have once again defined the issue by incorrectly characterising it. Law enforcement HAS to reclaim the language of their profession -- or continue to made impotent by the libs.
As long as we are presenting senerios.
Baby bush has declared "War" and extended the Emergency Powers Act that has been in effect since Roosevelt , giving the president power over the rest of the government. He's covered up for Cheney once and will have to again as information on Halliburton comes out.
Halliburton a construction corporation that Cheney "used" to head will probably be building a pipeline for Unocal a big oil corporation once Afghanistan is "settled". Afghanistan's newly imposed leader "used" to work at Unocal. Appearantly Afghanistan's "vice president" wasn't going to play ball with the oil barons , so he had to be eliminated.
I wonder if the next vice president of Afghanistan will have worked for Unocal ? I won't even get into the drug side of this , but it appears the "War on Terrorism" is being used to secure more profits for American elites and our president is covering for them and himself.
All this as he tries to change the structure of our Government to aid ridding themselves of our Constitution.
Which will be replaced by the UN's constitution.
The UN being another elite tool besides war to push us into world rule.
On February 1, 1992 , president george herbert walker bush (pappa bush) stated: "My vision of a New World Order forsees the UN with a revitalized peacekeeping function. It is the sacred principles enshrined in the UN charter (written by Alger Hiss) to which we henceforth pledge our allegiance."
Alger Hiss was a known Russian spy and CFR member.
It really is a small world.
"The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution. I am an enemy to all banks , discounting bills or notes for anything but coin . If the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency , first by inflation and then by deflation , the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
Over twohundred years ago Thomas Jefferson was able to tell us exactly what would happen if we allowed nongovernment control of our economy.
Which is exactly what happened through the "federal reserve act" in 1913, when foreign investors/banksters took control and we became their economic slaves.
The federal reserve is NOT part of our government and is a privately owned central bank which will consume everything we have , just as Thomas Jefferson foretold.
This war on terrorism is just another part of a play , so they can get what they want , EVERYTHING.
No matter how many of us have to die.
Maybe I missed it in our controlled history class , but did American's actually decide to become SHEEP ?
If we did , I'll hold all my comments to Baah Baahhh , then everyone will understand.
I HATE FUNDAMENTAL ISLAMISTS!!!!
Crime? I really don't give a hoot. I think they should all be sent to Allah, post haste!!!
MurryMom's continued authorization?
John, the only thing you are lacking is that mean-assed "just back from the pub" 'tude that the Brits and North American wordsmiths employ so often! Whenever Coulter, Steyn, Hitchens, Pruden, O'Rourke or Tyrell(talkin' ponderous vocabulary!) sit down to muse at 20 minutes past boozehole whistle blow ... well, they've got slave interns to sort the genius from the rant. That's our role here friend!
Just don't make me sort during any show that a TV Judge is teaching me about the Constitutional duties of our independendent Judiciary branch! The beyatch threw ALL his romance CDs into the lit fireplace? She's a no good bloodsuckin ho, just like his dogs warned him!!! This one's going to the nine wraiths in DC.
Law sure is complex, I'm glad we have 2 billion professionals to make it all go away at $150/hour.
No, "Boom boom (out go the lights)" is what Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush say in soup lines in Oakland these days. Comedy shows on American TV have gay men say something catty and incorrigibly tart about straight men to get the ironic laughter from the exclusively gay male and unsexed female studio audiences they encounter.
I have this image that Allah looks like Fred Sanford's pal Brady. And he'd prefer all his "followers" just walk into the ocean. Zeus and Odin can deal with the bilge.
Sure he did! Jefferson knew he was a bloviating tsunami of crap, just like everyone else. They were all philosopher kings, then they heckled each other and got down to the dirty, frustrating, pragmatic business of designing THE perfect masterpiece of human government. "Well, I didn't trust the Massachussets beast servicers" ... "We put that in because all the Georgians are servicing their Goat Gods in the blessing of Pan." "I think Rutledge is a drunken sodomizer ... but he has an ugly side as well .... ". "I think Franklin just soiled the entire second row of our Assembly with his urine!" "Jefferson is fond of aged Moorish men and he's likely off in pursuit" "Adams adores his nephews over and over and over". That's our legacy.
Perhaps, Mark, but they are suspiciously supportive of those who do.
Oh that's right. "Jihad" just means "struggle"--just like "Kampf" in German. It doesn't necessarily mean "murder", "kill", "war", and "death".
"to demonstrate that we eschew 'racial profiling', we go out of our way to look for people who don't look anything like the people we're looking for."
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