Lindsay Faber writing in New York Newsday reports that two men jumped off a bus in Midtown and rescued a woman and prevented two other men from raping her. The bad guys were arrested of course, but you can bet the good guys will be sued or harassed. In fact, police didn’t release their names. We need a national medal for bystanders that stop crime. The rescuers are heroes, and we should give better press to heroes than villains.
The study of terrorism is the orphan of Middle Eastern studies. The Middle East academics, whose self-appointed mission is to cast their subject matter in a favorable light, simply avoid the subject. They are happiest studying putative reformers of Islam, not the terrorists who invoke it. Just look at the program of the upcoming conference of the Middle East Studies Association: not a terrorism paper in sight.
Martin Kramer >> Sandbox Blog >> 2003 >> September >> Political Science Targets Suicide Terrorism. Bystanders: Take Cover!
The British government won itself the reputation for being tough because it joined with the U.S.-led effort in Iraq, quite in contrast to France. But when it comes to domestic counterterrorism, the French are far ahead of the hapless, head-in-the-sand Londonistanis – as I have noted earlier. Indeed, one can handsomely fill a blog with evidence of British multicultural lassitude and counterterrorist ineptitude.
Daniel Pipes >> Lion’s Den Blog >> 2003 >> Muslims in the UK >> Londonistan Follies