Now that we’ve apparently gotten the would-be Times Square Bomber, I think we can get past the initial, entirely normal fear and anger response and think critically, objectively, and rationally about the matter.
The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, is a naturalized American from Pakistan who recently returned after spending several months in his home country. He was arrested at JFK Airport in New York City, where he was waiting to board a plane to Dubai.
But before we rush to judgment in this case, we need to take a cool, reasonable look at what Shahzad did.
- He didn’t actually harm anyone.
- His would-be “bombing” mainly served as a test of our civil defense systems, That he came so close to succeeding highlighted a number of weaknesses in our systems.
- At the same time, it also highlighted the role that everyday Americans have to play in defending us against terror.
- He gave us something to talk about over the weekend besides Obama’s potty-mouth at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
- By using a 17-year-old SUV which will, in all certainty will never be registered and driven daily again, he carried out the spirit of the famous “Cash For Clunkers” program and took a high-polluting, gas-guzzling near-antique off the roads.
- He is giving our legal system, especially the Obama/Holder Justice Department, a chance to actually try a suspected terrorist.
- He has, in all likelihood, killed for once and all the ridiculous euphemisms “overseas contingency operations” and “man-caused disasters” for “War on Terror” and “terrorism” from the Obama
regimeadministration. There’s always a chance that they’ll simply try to make up another phrase but, if we’re lucky, they’ll just hang it up and use the proper terminology.
- He has dealt a serious blow to the Obama
regimeadministration’s ill-conceived plans in a couple of areas. This incident just might get them to reconsider their notions to hold trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other high-ranking Al Qaeda terrorists in New York City, and could derail the already-failing plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Who knows? If he keeps his nose clean in the future, he could even become a noted scholar on education reform and help shape a future president of the United States. He wouldn’t even have to apologize or regret his deeds.
Unless, of course, it turns out that he once was friends with a person who lived near someone who once attended a Tea Party rally. In that case, we oughta just execute the SOB and anyone who ever met him or even looks like him.