They have won.
I haven’t had anything to say about the idiot who set his legs on fire on that Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit because everybody else has.
These idiots do these things for two reasons.
First, they want to disrupt our way of life. Their goal is not, as the Republicans would have you believe, to kill us or to wipe us off the face of the planet. Their goal is to destroy our freedoms and our way of life, both of which they are extremely jealous and envious. Since we so eagerly become more paranoid and so willingly give up more of our freedoms each time one of them pulls one of these stunts, in this they are definitely succeeding.
Second, they want attention. With hysterical Republicans running around crying “The terrorists are coming! The terrorists are coming!” every time one of them sneezes and our media so jauntily reporting their every move, they are also succeeding brilliantly on this score.
I am in no way diminishing the importance of what happened on that flight on Christmas Day. I don’t think we should be exaggerating it, either. Think for a moment about the tens of thousands of commercial airline flights that land and take off every single day… all without incident. Now think about the millions of airline passengers who are going to be very inconvenienced due to the actions of one bumbling idiot on one of them.
Lock him up. Throw away the key. Then let’s get on with our lives.
Don’t let them win.
UPDATE: Another incident on the same Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit today. A guy spent an hour in the bathroom. Ouch.
You realize, of course, that this is all somehow President Obama’s fault. You do realize that, don’t you? Really. He got that memo and went on vacation anyway. Right?
(See also: “Why The President Went Golfing Today.”)
UPDATE #2: Check the numbers. “You could board 20 flights per year and still be less likely to be the subject of an attempted terrorist attack than to be struck by lightning.” Would the Republicans have President Obama declare war on lightning? (Come to think of it, yes, they likely would.)