Friday, January 05, 2007

My brain needs cleaning

People, if you thought the right wing bloggers were ridiculous, just wait until you catch a load of this new "report" by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), which suggests an al-Qaeda tie to the Oklahoma City bombing. (PDF link). Here's a sample:
There is serious, yet in some cases circumstantial, evidence that suggests a possible Middle Eastern connection to the Oklahoma City bombing (named “OKBOMB” by federal investigators):

For example, of all the cities in the world, convicted terrorist Ramzi Yousef and Terry Nichols were in Cebu City in the Philippines at the same time three months before the Oklahoma City bombing. Yousef was the perpetrator of the first World Trade Center attack as well as the mastermind behind the planning of other high-profile attacks on Americans. Furthermore, Ramzi Yousef’s phone records, from the months before he detonated the first World Trade Center bomb in early 1993, show calls placed to the Filipina neighbor and close friend of Terry Nichols’ in-laws in Queens, New York. The opportunity for interaction between American terrorist, Nichols, and al-Qaeda terrorist, Yousef, is evident.
If you need me to explain to you the meaningless nature of this coincidental "evidence," then you're already a member of the 30-percent-of-Americans-and-falling just too deluded to be talked to. This is a meme that's been floating around in crazy people circles for some time now, but to see it lent any creedence by a member of the House--even Dana "It's 'Nonsense' to Think the Taliban Threatens the West" Rohrabacher--just proves that intellectual thought on the right is truly atrophied.


Anonymous Christopher said...

Well, the fact that the second most deadly terrorist attack in the country was commited by a white US citizen with ties to Christian movements is an incredibly inconveinient fact.

It basically torpedoes any claim that racial profiling is at all rational, so they have to do something to get around it.

Most people do this by being studiously dense (My aunt believes that all Muslims must account for 9/11, but that McVeigh was an anomoly. Pointing out his ties to American terrorist/milita organizations with Christian views doesn't convince her, nor does pointing out that if you can condemn a billion people for the actions of 11, you can surely condemn 300 Million for the actions of one).

Still, though, it's always better to have a defense more cogent then "LALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"

Actually, wasn't Al Qaeda or aother arab terrorist group the first suspect in the immediate aftermath?

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