Tuesday, December 19, 2006

"Newt & the Flying Imams"

From today's New York Post:

...In the matter of the six Muslim clerics who were kicked off U.S. Airways Flight 300 last month - after they were observed engaging in such suspicious activity as invoking "bin Laden," criticizing America in Arabic, making odd requests of the flight crew and (in three cases) buying only one-way tickets - Gingrich offered two thoughts:

* "Those six people should have been arrested and prosecuted for pretending to be terrorists.

* "The crew of the U.S. Air plane should have been invited to the White House and congratulated for being correct in the protection of citizens."

Provocative? Yes.

Unwarranted? No.

Certainly, Gingrich helped focus attention on a critical issue: America's unwillingness, five-plus years after 9/11, to come to terms with the fact that Islamic terrorism has a face, and it looks very much like what the crew of US Air 300 encountered last month...

(Mr. Gingrich is dead right on all this...)