Friday, September 24, 2004

The terrorists have already won...

Most of you have already caught the story that Cat Stevens was prevented from entering the US. This is really an amazing story. The reason behind this, at least the reason the US government has come up with, is that Cat has given money to charities that are thought to have funneled funds to terrorists. Cat has come out repeatly and condemned Islamic terrorism (at least most types. Juan Cole has a nice breakdown on Cat's position on Salaman Rushdie - point is, Cat is no angel, but he's also not a clear and present danger to the US.).

But if the "war on terror" (it's so sad, that quote has almost become a punchline, mainly due to Bush's incompetent handling of this "war"), has come down to this, then we've truly lost it. If a nation like the United States, the "greatest" military power the world has ever seen, has created a political and social climate, where someone of Cat Steven's caliber (meaning, he's basically a nobody), can not enter the US, then we have lost, lost, lost this war. It's as if we're a grown man, face down in a puddle of water, flailing wildly because we can't breathe, yet lacking the common sense to merely turn over to save ourselves.



At September 26, 2004 at 12:42 PM, Blogger Pappagallo said...

More on the Peace Train. The press is reporting that the whole Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) fiasco was a spelling mistake; a spelling mistake without the least form of an explanation or an apology.

"Time, in its online edition, quoted aviation sources with access to the "no-fly" list as saying there was no entry on the list under the name Yusuf Islam, but there was a Youssouf Islam listed.

Because Islam's name was spelled Yusuf on his passport, said the sources, he was allowed to board a plane in London bound for the United States.

Islam said on Friday he had begun legal action against US authorities.

'We have now initiated a legal process to try to find out exactly what is going on, and to take all necessary steps to undo the very serious, and wholly unfounded, injustice which I have suffered,' he said.

'The amazing thing is that I was not given, and have still not been given, any explanation whatsoever as to what it is I am accused of, or why I am now deemed an apparent security threat - let alone given an opportunity to respond to these allegations.

'I was simply told that the order had come from on high.'",5478,10886578%255E1702,00.html

Compassionate rule, indeed. 4 more years!

At September 26, 2004 at 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what isn't being reported is that yusuf was in Isreal where he happened to 'drop' $20k off to hezbollah while he was there. it's well known he's a hezbollah supporter. why aren't people digging a little deeper to see what exactly he was doing in london? meeting with another 'cell'???


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