What makes a Terrorist? [Car bomb in New York Times Square]
The biggest news this week will be the car bomb found in Times Square. If it exploded, not only would it have caused complete chaos but it would have continued the fear mongering that have trailed behind the recent attacks. Fear which causes the continuous excuse for war and the cause to “fighting the terrorist”. Sadly, we need to think what causes this type of mindset. What causes one to strap a bomb to their backs or plant a bomb leading to the lose of lives. The mindset is one of “hate”. “Hate” which encourages people to make excuses for stereotyping- “Arizona immigration law” and “the creation of the OTHER”. When we create “the other” we disassociate ourselves from another human being. We place that human being in a different category and we start calling “the other” by another name- “terrorist”. The headline today was “TERRORIST ATTACK in TIMES SQUARE”. Who is the terrorist? The making of a “terrorist” starts when one person believes that he or she is above the world morally. For some reason this person believes that they need to save the world. It is a mindset very similar to those of the KKK, the Taliban and guess what- The Tea Party.
Have you seen the signs? One reads, “We cam unarmed this time”. There is someone reading this and trying to make note that these individuals are “just holding signs”. It is a peaceful protest. Sadly, this is how it begins. One person holds a sign with their thoughts which continue to fester. The next, they are becoming desperate and decide that the only way to be heard is to take action.
The man in the video that we see my friends wasn’t the terrorist the media had been feeding us. He wasn’t wearing a turban and a video wasn’t released from a cave. Although, in the next few days, I am sure a mysterious video will surface.
According to MSNBC.com,
Investigators combed through security video and other evidence on Monday in the hunt for suspects in a failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said a white man in his 40s was spotted in security video footage about half a block from where the vehicle was left on Saturday evening with its engine running and hazard lights flashing.
In a video released by police, the man, who appears to be thin, is seen removing a dark shirt, stuffing it into some sort of bag and walking away down the sidewalk, carrying the bag and glancing at least twice over his shoulder
Only when everyone gets down off of their moral high horses and learn to love, can someone spend their day enjoying the sun instead of making car bombs. As I sat on the train Saturday night at 81st street complaining, I didn’t realize that at 42nd street, the world was in chaos. I was only a few streets away from total madness. Today and everyday, we need to becareful how our beliefs slip into each others lives and how hate can slowly breed something far uglier than we would ever imagine.
UPDATE: 05/03 8:27 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL TIES TO CAR BOMB
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A failed car bombing in New York’s teeming Times Square may involve more than one person and could have international ties, law enforcement sources said on Monday.
Police — who are poring over surveillance camera footage, the Pathfinder and the bomb parts for clues — are looking for a white man in his 40s captured on video near the vehicle shortly after it was left in Times Square.
As this differs from the description of the car buyer, one law enforcement source said it gave “some credibility to the statement that (investigators) believe there is more than one individual involved and that it is international in scope.”
But several officials cautioned against drawing conclusions about who was responsible because the investigation was still in the early stages.
“I can’t at this point rule in or out the possibility of international connections,” said one senior U.S. intelligence official. “People need to let the facts lead where they will and it’s unclear to me that all the facts are in.” Read more.