Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A thought experiment

Let us suppose there were Pakistani mercenaries, employed by that country's secret intelligence service, driving around the United States armed with semi-automatic pistols, with diplomatic immunity, hunting down extremist militants. That would mean, in the U.S., Christian dominionists, minutmen, the Michigan Militia, that sort of thing.

Or perhaps acting as agents provocateurs, or spying on the U.S. military?

Suppose this was happening with the knowledge and tacit approval of the United States government? Suppose one of them shot two U.S. citizens, and a vehicle from the Pakistani embassy, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, struck and killed a third citizen on the way to rescue him?

Obviously, we would think that was perfectly normal and acceptable. What's wrong with those wacky Pakistanis that they are upset about the identical situation? The Asiatic mind is sure obscure.

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