Friday, July 08, 2005

Tasteless - John Gibson

What a tasteless comment by John Gibson of Fox News:

"The bombings in London: This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics (search) — let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

This kind of small minded, racist comment is not all that different from the attitudes which drive the terrorists. But of course, John Gibson is sanctimoniously quite different from the terrorists. He doesn't plant bombs. He's just voicing opinions which plant the seeds of hatred.

Anyhow, we live in great countries where the great philosophers and all the small minded, narrow minded, and misinformed people in the world have the opportunity to share their thoughts. I expect this kind of idiotic commentary from some uneducated teenager who suffers from a lack of empathy and too much testosterone. I'm constantly surprised that a major news outlet would allow this type of commentary to be published under their banner.

Here's the rest of his diatribe, that he still has a job at Fox is a surprise to me, although FoxNews does seem to operate with the philosophy of "any publicity is good publicity" hence, they seem to enjoy their fiar share of controversy.

Here's what he said ....


All day long people have been saying to me, "Wasn't it great they didn't pick Paris?" And I've been saying, "No, no, no."

Paris was exactly the right place to pick and the Olympic committee screwed up.

Why? Simple. It would have been a three-week period where we wouldn't have had to worry about terrorism.

First, the French think they are so good at dealing with the Arab world that they would have gone out and paid every terrorist off. And things would have been calm.

Or another way to look at it is the French are already up to their eyeballs in terrorists. The French hide them in miserable slums, out of sight of the rich people in Paris.

So it would have been a treat, actually, to watch the French dealing with the problem of their own homegrown Islamist terrorists living in France already.

What would the French have done about rounding up their own citizens?

Would they have afforded their own terrorists the rights they insist we give the detainees at Gitmo? Not a chance. They'd throw them in the clink, or ship them off to North Africa pronto.

Would they have blocked terrorists at the border with unreasonable search and seizure — precisely what they say we should not do? Of course they would. Anybody looking faintly Arab would have had the gendarmerie on them in a flash.

It would have been a delight to have Parisians worried about security instead of New Yorkers. It would have been exquisite to watch.

But, alas, they picked London. I like the Brits. I like London. I hate to see them going through all this garbage when it would have been just fine in Paris.

C'est la vie. Goes to show the Olympic committee doesn't recognize the perfect opportunity when it presents itself.

That's My (John Gibson's ) Word.

Thanks to the Loic Le Meur blog for bringing this to my attention.