I recently saw a chain-letter regarding the holiday stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate the EID Muslim holiday. The chain-letter enumerated a list of terrorist actions commited by Muslims and urged a boycott of the stamp.
A copy of the actual letter can be found here at BreakTheChain.org, a site that does not support the intention of the chain-letter, but are dedicated to reducing junk mail and breaking pointless chain letters and this chain-letter is a case study.
The list goes like this…
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of PanAm Flight 103,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the military Barracks in Saudi Arabia,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the American Embassies in Africa,
REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of the USS COLE.
REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks.
Followed by this message…
“Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS and HONORS the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a commemorative first class holiday postage stamp.
I strongly urge you to REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp when purchasing your holiday stamps at the post office. To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.”
This strikes me as nothing less than stark, raving racism. The World Almanac estimates there are about 1.1 billion Muslims in the world, which is about 17% of the world population. Other sources estimate larger numbers, reaching to 22%. So we’re going to openly demostratrate our hostility to approximatley a fifth of the world population based on a handful of actions by some extremists?
The person who passed the chain-letter to my wife, which is how I first saw it, is Irish-American. Well, I have another list for that person.*
REMEMBER the IRA abducting and killing Jean McConville, mother of 10. – 1971.
REMEMBER the IRA setting off 22 bombs killing 9 innocent people. – 1972.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing a coach carrying British Army personnel and their families. – 1974.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of two pubs killing 24. – 1974.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of a popular department store in London. – 1974.
REMEMBER the IRA assasination of Sir Richard Sykes, British Amabassador to the Netherlands, in front of his house. – 1979.
REMEMBER the IRA assasination of Earl Mountbatten and members of his family. -1979.
REMEMBER the IRA bomb planted in a fast-food resteraunt that killed the officer trying to diffuse it. – 1981.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing in Hyde Park and Regents Park in London. – 1982.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of a popular department store in London during the Christmas shopping season. – 1983.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton. – 1984.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of a Rememberance Day parade killing 11 civilians in Enniskillen. – 1987.
REMEMBER the IRA killing two Australian tourists in the Netherlands mistaken for off-duty British soldiers. – 1990
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of the London Stock Exchange. – 1990.
REMEMBER the IRA mortar attack on 10 Downing Street. – 1991
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of the London Bridge Railway Station. – 1992.
REMEMBER the IRA bomb that went off in a Fish & Chips shop prematurely, killing 10 people including the bomber himself and his child. – 1993.
REMEMBER the IRA mortar attacks on Heathrow Airport. – 1994.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing in London that killed two U.S. citizens. – 1996.
REMEMBER the IRA bombing of another shopping center in Omagh, Northern Ireland killing 29 innocent people. – 1998,
REMEMBER the IRA bombing outside the BBC studios in London. – 2001
I didn’t want this list to get so long that it would divert the focus of my message, so I only listed some of them. My message is that after all these attacks by the Irish Republican Army, most of which killed innocent people, I haven’t developed any hostility toward Irish people and I don’t write chain letters about “boycotting” St.Patrick’s Day because of the simple fact that I can distinguish the difference between being Irish and being a terrorist. And as I am sure is the case with most Americans, I can also distinguish the difference between being Muslim and being a terrorist.
* sources: www.wikipedia.com and the US Department of State