Utilitarianism at its finest.

“Given that they are such a small minority in this nation, it is odd that so many of our fellow citizens see them as such a threat. Yes, the 9/11 attacks were horrific, but they were more about optics than actual harm. The economy was already taking a hit before the Twin Towers fell. The reaction of the nation to seeing two major buildings in New York fall on T.V. has boosted the attack out of proportion. While the loss of even a single life is to be condemned and the devastation these deaths caused the families of those killed, more than this number of teens are killed every year in car crashes. These are also tragic losses but we do not make the kind of high profile issue of it that the 9/11 attacks are.”

Well, except that car crashes are random, individual events. Except that car crashes are not willfully perpetrated by someone specifically intending to take innocent life. Except that car crashes are the product of free people taking a calculated and understood risk getting into a car – teens or not. Walking to the water cooler to grab a drink between meetings and being blown to smithereens by a lunatic with five o’clock shadow and a box cutter who thinks his god told him to kill Americans and Jews is not remotely similar.

Here’s what the kooks over at the Kos don’t get: “the loss of even a single life” is not always to be condemned. Steve Irwin died from a stingray barb. Tragic and untimely? Of course, but who are we condemning for it? The stingray? Irwin died in the course of living his life as he chose. Nobody took his life from him. Todd Beamer’s life was taken from him by terrorists. They intended to take it. This is in no possible way comparable to a teenager dying in a car accident – even at the hands of a drunk driver. It’s mass murder. Why does this have to be explained?

I find it ironic that in America, it seems we’re constantly ready to declare war on every sort of behavior that might threaten our own life (smoking a cigarette, shooting up heroin, not wearing a seat belt, not wearing a motorcycle helmet, not buying health insurance, eating a cheeseburger) but the minute someone specifically kills someone else, we’re filled with excuses for the behavior. Suddenly we’re lectured not to be so quick about judging others. Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Speaking of stupidity, what does this mean exactly?

“… they were more about optics than actual harm.”

Optics? Were they declaring war on Isaac Newton or something? If he’s trying to say that the intent of the terrorists was more about perception than the actual physical results, so what? Maybe this was a calculated effort to destroy America’s morale by manipulating the executive branch to massively increase law enforcement through a police state thus slowly eroding morale and faith in the American political system. Maybe a bunch of idiots in the desert thought it would be easy to take over an airplane, figured out planes full of fuel made bigger explosion than empty ones and decided to crash them into the biggest targets they could find. I tend to side with the second analysis but it’s an irrelevant discussion, not to mention an extremely ignorant statement. Talk to someone who was in New York City that day and ask them how much “actual harm” they think was perpetrated. Can we convince this blogger to strike up the discussion with a New York City police officer in a dark alley when nobody else is around?

As for the Mosque conversation that spawned this brain dead discussion in the first place, the whole dust up seems ridiculous. It’s obvious that building this thing so close to the scene of 9/11 was meant to stir up controversy. Bloomberg’s hyperbolic outbursts of phony tolerance aside, this is on purpose. It’s meant to make people like Sarah Palin angry. Unfortunately, the right are like a monkey in a cage getting prodded by an idiot trying to impress his girlfriend at the zoo. I can sympathize with the monkey but as long as he reacts to the stupid prank, the dummy with the stick is going to keep poking him. Why can’t we concentrate on more important subjects – like removing Bloombergian imbeciles from office altogether? Perhaps November will be a good start.