Urban Legends Reference Pages: Politics (Terror in the Skies)
Annie Jacobsen's article and her opinion piece follow-up, published on WomensWallStreet.com and widely circulated across the Internet, has been completely discredited.
Her hysterical account of her flight was frightening, and I would have hated to be on the plane with her. And don't get me started on how totally anti-Arab her tone and opinions are. She wrote, "As 'aware' Americans, my husband and I exchanged glances, and then continued to get comfortable." From this we are to deduce that all "aware" Americans should fear Middle Eastern men on planes. Instead of me picking through it, why not read it for yourself ....
I'm just glad that someone took the time to debunk her crap.
In the end, I feel kinda sorry for her, as this whole episode is another example of how we have been convinced that we must be affraid. Terror alert ORANGE! Be affraid!
Do I think it necessary to be alert and aware of the world that we live in? Sure.
Do I think that Bush and co. are creating an environment that generates fear? You bet.
Do I think that fear makes us less safe and more apt to behave like sheep? Yes.
Do I think the Bush government knows this? Of course they do.
Does that make me affraid? Well, yes it does.
Is that sad? Yes, it is.
Is there something I intend to do about it? Why, yes there is ...
Tuesday, July 27, 2004