From Seattle alterno-rag, The Stranger, Vol 14 No. 9, Nov 11 – Nov 17, 2004 – the so-called “I, Anonymous” section:
DEAR OSAMA BIN LADEN
I’m sorry. You were right. We deserve to be blown up.
After last Tuesday, well… what can I say? You had us pegged dead-on the first time–although I was in denial and refused to believe it up until now. We as a nation obviously ARE a bunch of mindless sheep, grown fat with consumerism and easily led down the primrose path into corruption. After what happened November 2, there’s just no denying it anymore. I’m ashamed that I was so blind for so long.
After 60 percent of eligible voters turned out and 51 percent of those voted for Bush, I can’t do anything but concede your point: There are no innocents left in America. We’ve brought this on ourselves. Go ahead and do your worst. We’ve got it coming–in a big way. All I ask is this: Give New York a break, okay? And leave New England, California, and the rest of the West Coast out of it as well. We’re on your side already! Please, stay focused and plan your next attack against the real enemy: those “red states” in the middle of the map. Fly a Cessna into the stands of a NASCAR rally. Put a suicide bomber on the Arch in St. Louis. Drive a truck-bomb into the Grand Ole Opry. Release anthrax at an Astros game. It’s all good! They’ve got it coming. I’m just sorry it took me so long to figure out how very right you were. Can you ever forgive me?
Billy Beck comments:
Last week, I saw a story about a hiker in the Denver area who attacked by a slasher. He survived, but he later said that he absolutely no doubt at all that his attacker was trying to kill him. Nonetheless, he described how he attempted to talk the prospective killer out of the attack — *while it was in progress* — with assertions that he didn’t deserve to be killed that way.
Have you ever in your life seen real, delusionary, madness?
Let me try to explain something to you, mate.
It is *madness* to hope that the divisions in America can be reasonably, rationally “healed”. It is of a piece with attempting to discuss the ethics of a murderer while he is attempting murder.
I don’t have much to add to this, except to say with extra emphasis to libertarians, to any libertarian who thinks that there is some moral equivilance between liberals and conservatives, or that it’s possible to ally with liberals to defend freedom.
It’s not possible.
Conservatives may be philosophically opposed to you; liberals hate you.
Liberals want you dead. Literally.
If this leads to some uncomfortable conclusions, well, there’s nothing I can do about it.