A co-worker of mine just came by for a visit and we yapped for awhile about the horrors in New York and Washington and PA. My friend is a born and bred Canadian, but most of her family is Egyptian. She’s a Muslim.
In the course of our conversation I learned some fascinating things:
Israel is the “only country allowed” to have nuclear weapons except the USA. (She was amazed to hear that the UK, France, Russia, China, India and Pakistan - at least - all have the bomb.)
80 of 100 U.S. Senators are Jews.
The USA does not send economic aid of any kind to Arab nations.
I gently corrected her on all these points and pulled some supporting evidence off the Net, and she conceded she was wrong - on those particular points. But jeez Louise, people are prejudiced. Arabs hate Jews, Jews hate Arabs, and now half the country hates “towel heads.”
It’s depressing, really. The funny thing is she was saying “We have to hunt down the terrorists and kill them all, kill Osama bin Laden, string him up.” There was no “The Americans deserved it” or sympathy for the terrorists - but there was prejudice and hatred lurking in there, and in 1 out of 100,000 people it’s that mild hatred that blows up and kills someone.
Jesus Christ, the woman was born and raised in one of the most multicultural nations in the history of the world and she’s contracted anti-Semetism? God, it’s depressing.