Normally I hold the BBC news in higher regard than most USA news, but I heard the most asinine debate on their radio broadcast this morning. The commentator briefly interviewed a journalist from a Paris newspaper, and they began to get into a back-and-forth over whether Zacarias Moussaoui was "radicalized" in France or Britain. The BBC commentator kept pointing out that Moussaoui was raised in France, where Muslims get the short end of the stick and - hey, weren't there a whole bunch of riots about that there, recently? The Parisian, meanwhile, insisted that while Moussaoui may have experienced discrimination in France, he didn't become radical until he started attending the infamous Finsbury Park mosque in London.
So, let's get this straight: either the "20th highjacker" decided to become a terrorist because the Frenchies were mean to him, or because he moved to that unchecked hotbed of political foment, England. Vive le France, God save the queen, you suck, no, you suck. Blah de bling blee.
How about this? Girls, you're both pretty. It's possible that experiences he had in both countries alienated him and influenced his life-path. Gahd.
Oh, and thank you for reminding me that the US isn't the only place filled with nationalist, agenda-touting imbeciles. I thought we'd cornered the market, but I feel a wee bit better now.