1) “That must suck.” 2) “I really could use some help painting my soffits.” 3) “These illegals are taking jobs away from all the hardworking REAL Americans who are eager to help me mulch my azaleas for $8/hour. 4) “These Mexicans are threatening our way of life in some vague way I can’t describe except to assure you that I’m totally not a racist and I resent you for implying I’m a racist just because I’m constantly voicing my anger about nonwhites and, in fact, I think you’re racist for calling me a racist.”
I would like you add a fifth reaction to your emotional repertoire.
Try pointing at the men and screaming, “Terrorist!”
If North Carolina Republican Congresswoman Sue Myrick has her way, we’ll all be yelling “terrorist!” soon.
Myrick (the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Intelligence Community Management) has recently been peddling the flimsy notion that Hezbollah, a Lebanese political party, militia and terrorist group backed by Iran, is infiltrating the U.S. via our border with Mexico.
I’ve tried to track down as a many of her statements as I can on the subject and they’re all flimsy. Myrick is a demagogue who thinks placing two proper nouns in the same sentence is ipso facto proof of a collaborative link between the two proper nouns.
Here’s Myrick on Fox News on July 14, talking up the Hezbollah-via-Mexico threat: “When you just put the pieces together and start looking at what’s happening all throughout, you know, South America and into Mexico on our border, it really became obvious that there are so many signs that Hezbollah is very active.”
The host, sympathetic to Myrick, mentioned one case of a Hezbollah member entering the United States from Mexico. He doesn’t mention the man’s name, but from the details he’s talking about Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, a Lebanese national who pleaded guilty in 2005 to raising money for Hezbollah in Michigan. Kourani entered the U.S. from Mexico.
“And that’s what so disturbing,” Myrick responds. “Because it’s been continuing and it’s something people choose to ignore. I thank you for covering it because the rest of the media doesn’t want to talk about it.”
Myrick’s right, of course. The rest of the media doesn’t want to talk about it. Perhaps because THEY ALREADY TALKED ABOUT IT WHEN IT WAS ACTUALLY NEWS. Kourani entered the U.S. in February 2001 and pleaded guilty in 2005. They call it news because it’s supposed to be new, Sue.
Myrick also claims Iranian agents are learning Spanish in Venezuela, then traveling to Mexico and getting into the U.S. with forged papers. (For some reason, Myrick’s imagined Iranian agents can’t learn Spanish in Mexico.) Myrick’s proof of this phenomenon? I kid you not: Farsi language tattoos in California prisons.
Myrick again. “And the other thing that we’re seeing, and we’re seeing it in particular in the prisons [in California], is Farsi tattoos. Farsi is basically a Persian language, which Iran is, and we know we’ve seen Arabic tattoos in our prisons for a long time, but we haven’t seen Farsi tattoos in a long time. That’s a pretty good indication that these people coming across our border are not just coming from Mexico and other countries that are looking for work. And that’s what scares me.”
Myrick’s logic is flawless. A Farsi language tattoo makes someone an agent of Iran who got here from Venezuela and Mexico. You know, just like having a Yin Yang tattoo means you’re a Taoist who came here from China and a rose tattoo means you’re secretly a really good gardener.
It apparently hasn’t occurred to Myrick that the recent and growing presence of Farsi tattoos in California might be “linked” to the recent and growing presence of Iranian-Americans in California — a group comprised almost entirely of families fleeing the very same Iranian regime Myrick is so scared of.
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