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How to tell the real bad guys

Richard Carnes

It’s OK, relax, keep your skirt on, Tom Tancredo will never be president of the United States of America. President and CEO of “Brazen Illegals Get Outta Town” (BIGOTs) perhaps, but chances are very strong that he will never again hold an elected position with quite the authority he possesses today.Those of us with more than a decade or two under our belts have seen many like him come and go over the years. Like the attention-seeking kid in grade school who makes farting noises when the teacher turns her back, he makes outlandish statements simply to get people’s attention. Embarrassing to some, entertaining to others, but eventually annoying to all.If we squished this harmless buffoon’s hubristic head between a folded piece of ancient Persian parchment and then unfolded it to look at the results, we would find Tancredo’s Rorshach image in Syrian-born Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed.First making a name for himself by publicly praising the 9/11 hijackers, last week he proudly announced (in a face full of microphones), “I would like to see the Islamic flag fly, not only over No. 10 Downing Street, but over the whole world.” He finished his tasteless statement concerning the address for the British version of the White House with this appetizing delicacy worthy of 1st Place in the 2005 Hypocrisy Awards (traditionally held at the Kennedy Compound), “I condemn any killing and any bombing against any innocent people in Britain or abroad, but if violence is pro-life I don’t condemn it.”Um, yeah, whatever (that’s like the Vail Valley Foundation condemning development on open space unless it’s for constructing a new home for Alberto Vilar) but I’m sure you see the similarities. Both fan the flames of hate while attempting to stamp out the embers of hope for those they see as beneath them (i.e., the rest of us).But to find the real evil ones in this world (defined as a self-loathing person who has no concern for the consequences of their actions upon others), we need look no further than the thousands of Muslim extremists hell bent on beheading today’s semi-civilized society, leaving only a lifeless corpse to dwell in its 6th century bliss.Exhibit A: Mohammed Bouyeri, convicted killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. After shooting, stabbing and nearly beheading van Gogh in front of 50 witnesses, he said to the victim’s mother, “I don’t feel your pain. … If I were released and would have the chance to do it again … I would do exactly the same thing.”Saying he was driven by religious conviction, he continued, “What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith. … I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his prophet.”Last week van Gogh’s 14-year-old son was beat up for the second time since his father’s murder by Muslim teenagers, who told him he deserved the same fate at his father.Exhibit B: A few days ago at least 83 innocent men, women and children were killed and hundreds injured when car bombs ripped through shopping and hotel areas in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik. A group claiming links to al Qaeda said it carried out the bombings in retaliation for “crimes committed against Muslims.”Exhibit C: Reigning at the top of the current dung heap we have al Qaeda No. 2 hit man Ayman al-Zawahiri claiming, “Our freedom … and the reform that we are seeking depends on three concepts – the rule of sharia (Islamic law) … freeing Islam from any aggressor … and liberating the human being.”This from a man claiming to represent a religion that keeps homosexuals in spider holes instead of closets, downgrades women to the level of unworthy pigs (until they’re aroused at the sight of an exposed ankle), kills and maims innocent women and children simply because they exist, and promises to continue spreading their perverse form of peace until all have converted or been killed. Even Stevie Wonder can see the correlation for Exhibits D-Z, and also realize these Muslim extremists do it all for some imaginary all-loving deity whose existence is based proof-free in centuries of fables and allegorical tales.While not trying to belabor the numbingly obvious of not all Muslims being terrorists, virtually all terrorists are Muslims (or at least claim to be for now) and thus the profiling of those with a Middle-Eastern appearance at airports, train stations, etc., is not wrong, just pragmatic.This war is the proverbial “kill or be killed,” so we owe it to one another to be on a vigilant watch for suspects who might ask how to take off in a plane but not how to land it, or the type that run around London subways in mid-July wearing a winter coat.Chances are good these are the real bad guys.So while Tancredo can make a few good points every now and then concerning how to deal with illegal aliens, he is completely out of his league (not just his mind) when it comes to international politics.And, by the way, Bill Clinton will never be first lady either. Richard Carnes of Edwards writes a weekly column for the Daily. He can be reached at This column, as in the case of all personal columns, does not necessarily reflect the views of the Vail Daily.Vail Colorado

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