Thursday, July 07, 2005

London Name Calling

This evening on my way home from work the light started to change and I picked up the pace to a jog to beat it. Immediately I thought, what if you jog and that gets you on "the train"? And on the heels of that I thought, how many people jogged and caught the bus right BEFORE "the bus"? It's a cycle I get a lot these days. As a matter of fact it's the cycle that got my ass on a train this morning when there was less information and I was more scared.

The office had CNN on all day. Inevitably the conversation turned to the London bombings and some quality quotes were to be had. The one that made my teeth itch was this:

"I think we should go back to what we did in World War II, just send 'em all back to where they came from until this is all sorted out."

Well, heaven's to Betsy, of course. That's exactly what we should do, it's much nicer than "Shoot 'em all and let God sort 'em out" and it follows exactly the principles of segregation, exclusivity and xenophobia on which this country was founded.

Oh wait, that's not it.

Melting pot. Look it up.

On the way home on the ferry tonight check out "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." you short sighted goon.

So, now how exactly is it OK to ship people back to the homeland for having a certain heritage? I guess you'd have been fine with it back in the Industrial Age when the Irish (of whose heritage you're so proud) were being treated like crap and riots started in the mills. It would have been OK with you to just send everyone back to Ireland despite a lack of food or shelter or you know air to breathe back on the Emerald Isle.

Also, "until this is all sorted out".

OK, sure, a sort of global time out, that's totally possible. My people came in on the Mayflower. We then proceeded to spend a leisurely few hundred years devaluing, demoralizing and fatally infecting the actual Americans we found here. If anyone needed a global time out it was the lily white Pilgrim descendants, I'm thinking.

Great, let's assume that after the Trail of Tears enough Native Americans are still able to get together and say, "All right, that's not OK, you need to go home until we get this sorted out. Back you go, sure, take a few ears of corn, I mean Maize, and be on your way. Don't call us, we'll call you."

The 5 nations take a few years to let the land recover, see the buffalo herds back to full strength and take a nice rest. Then they have a summit, which I'm thinking takes a few more years because I can't imagine that "sorting out" genocide is a short term job. But let's just say they DO come up with a resolution are they then actually going to say, "OK, what have you learned? Good, now promise not to do it again." and bring all their tormentors back?

I think not.

What an ignorant bitch.

I don't know why the guy who patronizingly suggested that the terrorists should be careful not to wake the sleeping giant of the US by continuing to blow shit up because if they kept doing this EVERYONE would sign up to kill them despite the service's inability to provide them with Kevlar or bullets or training didn't piss me off as much. But he didn't.

However, if I think about it much longer he will.

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