Saturday, September 01, 2007

Overreacting For The Children.

A passenger on a plane out of San Diego is apologizing for crying "wolf" over a group of Arabic-speaking passengers on her flight. She was frightened by the behavior of the men and demanded to be let off the plane. It turns out the men were leaving San Diego after helping United States Marines learn to fight the enemy in Iraq. Here's what one of the men, David Al Watan, 30, had to say about being singled out for suspicion: "While they sit in their air conditioning, I was out in the desert helping to save Marines' lives. I am an American. I love this country. I would die for it." (Here.)

The woman, who was traveling with her children, is apologetic but defensive. Figuratively hiding behind her children, she defends her actions as those of a concerned mom trying to protect her kids. She asks, "How can you overreact when it's your children?"

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country in Connecticut, "A lawyer who stabbed his neighbor to death because he thought the man had molested his 2-year old daughter was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter." (Here.)

That's two.

-tdr

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