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wTuesday, March 12, 2002


UNFUNNY: I've been scanning this mail from outraged Muslims and... well, most of it's polite. Too many Holocaust references for my taste but it's good to see people of the Islamic faith forthrightly condemning the murder millions of Jews. However, the following unrepresentative letter and a few others like it are utterly inexcusable:

"Subject: You thinking Nuking Mecca is Funny...!?!!!!

"...killing thousands of civilians? Destroying the holiest site on earth to 1.6 BILLION PEOPLE?

"YOU THINK THAT IS FUNNY?!!

"WHAT WOULD BE EVEN 'FUNNIER' IS IF YOUR REMARKS REACH A DERANGED MUSLIM THAT PUTS A BULLET INTO YOUR HEAD.

"HAHAHAHA.....!!!!!!

"THAT WOULD BE REALLY FUNNY..!"

You expect the writer to fall over dead like Wallace Shawn in The Princess Bride.

Lowry, remember, was speculating on how to respond in the case of a nuclear attack. He went over the top and I zinged him for it. This narrow subset of letters, on the other hand, comes this close to threatening someone because of what is, at this moment (climbing down from that high horse), idle speculation.

Not cool, guys. Very not cool.


posted by Jeremy at 10:37 PM