Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas and Mohammeds

Mark Steyn notes that men called Mohammed are responsible for an inordinate amount of violence. But it doesn't follow that we should treat all Mohammeds as bad actors - since it's Christmas, a suspicious stare will suffice.

Here's Steyn (my emphasis):
These days, whenever something goofy turns up on the news, chances are it involves a fellow called Mohammed. A plane flies into the World Trade Center? Mohammed Atta. A gunman shoots up the El Al counter at Los Angeles airport? Hesham Mohamed Hedayet. A sniper starts killing petrol station customers around Washington, DC? John Allen Muhammed. A guy fatally stabs a Dutch movie director? Mohammed Bouyeri. A terrorist slaughters dozens in Bali? Noordin Mohamed. A gang-rapist in Sydney? Mohammed Skaf.

It gets worse (my emphasis):

Hizballah terrorist Mohammed Ali Hamadi, convicted in Germany of murdering US Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem aboard a hijacked airplane, has been freed.

A husband and wife who dedicated their lives to helping African children were murdered in cold blood by Islamic terrorists, an inquest heard yesterday...Det Chief Insp Jill Bailey told the hearing that last month four men, including Mohammed Ali Essa, who fired the AK47, had been convicted of murder and sentenced to death by firing squad. The terrorists shouted "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) after being sentenced and are still awaiting execution.

And then there's Mahmoud, DU's Nuke Target For 2006 (my emphasis):
CAIRO, Egypt - The leader of Egypt's main Islamic opposition group said yesterday the Holocaust was a "myth," and he slammed Western governments for criticizing disclaimers of the Jewish genocide.

The comments by the Muslim Brotherhood chief, Mohammed Mahdi Akef - made on the heels of his group's strong showing in Egyptian parliamentary elections - echoed remarks made recently by Iran's hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which sparked international outrage.

Still, the cheerful and efficient guys running the London rental office I visited yesterday looked to be Muslims, and the sales clerk who wished me a Merry Christmas was a Mohammed. So - since it's Christmas - let's be comforted that there are plenty of decent Mohammeds in our societies.