Sometimes it’s possible to say something so succinctly and perfectly that it frames your thinking-so it was with the headline on Jack Kelly’s fine colum on the “Two Americas: One Blind to Terror Threat.” Yep, that’s about the size of it.
The chattering classes are for the most part in the blind America.
Here is how Kelly begins:
“The FBI announced Saturday three Muslim men have been arrested for plotting to blow up fuel tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“The New York Times ran a story about the plot in Sunday’s paper. On page 30. The front page was reserved for a sympathetic story about Omar Ahmed Khadr, a suspected al Qaida terrorist being held at Guantanamo Bay.
“We learned early in that story that Mr. Khadr was only 15 when he was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002; that he is ‘nearly blind in one eye’ from the firefight in which he killed one American soldier and maimed another, and that he ‘doesn’t trust Americans.’ Only much deeper in the story does reporter William Glaberson mention that young Mr. Khadr’s father was a senior deputy to Osama bin Laden.”