It is amusing-if disheartening-to see that my cynical predictions about how the story of the six wannabee Islamic terrorists might be handled in certain circles have come true.
The New York Times dedicated its front page to the proposition these poor lads - who merely wanted to shoot up Fort Dix and kill as many soldiers as possible - are VICTIMS ; that they were subjected to entrapment by the FBI; and that their barely-frustrated scheme was just a boyish lark.
The Know-Nothing Party : a loose aggregation of groups and individuals who are intensely opposed to illegal immigration ("alien invasion") , excessive legal immigration, the granting of work visas to people-who-don't-look-like-us , (and a host of other causes, some of which might be considered alarming) ,has decided that: since the three Duka brothers - allegedly part of the plot - were not in the country legally, they must have been smuggled over the Mexican border (Canada doesn't exist to these folks) , and George Bush should be shot for High Treason for permitting it to happen.
These folks fly into a rage when it is pointed out the Duka brothers entered the country many years ago (they attended grammar and high school in the US) and George Bush was NOT in office.Pointing this out is considered "NeoCons using Clinton-bashing to squirm off the hook."
Dedicated Clinton Bashers have been crying: " Aha ! All this immigration of Albanian and Kosovar refugees took place while "Bubba" was in office !"
That's true. America DID open its heart and its arms to many of the refugees. Had the Clinton administration failed to approve a refugee program , there would have been considerable anger;as we have long been (or have tried to be) a compassionate nation.
Most of that group of refugees fit into our society without too many problems- ( One of the refugees married my Niece,and is a decent, hard-working naturalized American ) - just as the refugees of the Hungarian Uprising were able to adapt a generation before.
CAIR : Voiced concern that there might be backlash against American Muslims.
Al Jazeerah : No comments....yet.
Wonkette: A "Progressive" website had this (fairly predictable) comment:
"Never mind that we've done this song and dance before with those seven losers in a warehouse in Miami that got arrested last year. Never mind that this is all suspiciously well-timed for the Bush Assministration, whose poll numbers are tanking and whose pet idiot will be making his second (and undoubtedly awe-inspiringly bad) testimony before Congress the day after tomorrow."
The Neo-Copperheads - a conglomeration of anti-war groups - many with widely divergent points of view (eg: Libertarians joining forces with Socialists) pulled out the standard "apples-and-oranges" whine they use every time a terror plot is foiled : " I thought we were fighting over there so we could not have to fight the terrorists at home ".
Alex Jones "Truthers" : I didn't see anything on the web yet. I anticipate reading this was all a Zionist plot to make Muslims look bad, and to prepare us for the establishment of concentration camps on military bases all over the country...so, if you've got any sense, you'll invest every dollar you can spare in the Gold stocks , survival gear , nutritional supplements, and Alex Jones tapes we just happen to have on hand. (Better hurry : supplies are limited !)
Oh. As predicted , they are already known as "The Fort Dix Six".
Don't you wonder when the student teach-ins will begin ?