Friday, June 18, 2004

"You guys are probably fathers . . ."

. . . so said the 20-something American Paul Johnson, son the 49-year-old Lockheed Martin employee currently been held hostage by Saudi Islamofascists, pleading for his father’s release.

While sympathising with the Johnson family’s plight, I wonder how Americans can have so little objective insight into terrorism’s demographics. A handful of boomer bosses/“venture capitalist[s]”, terrorists are almost entirely single, well-educated GenX men. In fact, if they all lived in one place (which of course they don’t), they could well be the biggest such cohort to be found outside the vicinity of Sydney’s Darlinghurst. Not that I’m necessarily making an allusion to a typical terrorist’s sexuality here – these people don’t even humanize themselves, so I’m sure as hell not going to do it for them.

All I’m saying is – and this is a survival lesson every gay man either knows or must learn – that cunts can only be out-cunted. This was a lesson (mostly) lost among those onboard the four hijacked planes on 9/11. “Just stay quiet and you'll be OK”: the advice given to passengers by that famously-suave negotiator, Mohamed Atta. As the 80s gay motto goes, Silence=Death. Cunt the Saudis, and cunt them now, I say.

Update 19 June 2004

Nice one, cunts. Mark Steyn – with whom I am poles apart on most issues – has a piece on Saudi in today’s Oz, with which I basically concur. You can find it online here§ion=current&issue=2004-06-05&id=4678 (free rego required).

My only differences with Steyn are one (perhaps) minor, one major. The headgarbless Saudi schoolgirls being sent back into their burning schoolhouse by the religious police story was shown to be an urban myth, was it not? The Saudis can justly be demonised for many things, but piling colourful falsities on known facts is simply playing The Protocols of the Elders of Mecca – a game with whose downside Steyn is surely familiar with.

Then there’s Steyn’s bottom line, on what exactly cutting-off the House of Saud should entail:

Washington needs to have solid, detailed contingency plans for securing the oil fields, and making sure the Hashemites are on stand-by to return to Mecca and Medina.

This seems absurdly naïve. Forgetting about the country’s oil, sealing its borders - and its $800bn invested in the West - for a few decades, and otherwise letting nature take its course is a more realistic “minimum”, if you ask me. I call it the "cut and grin (and get out your old pushbikes)" strategy.

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