Among the flurry of support that the latest Muslim provocateur — 14-year-old faux-clock-bomb maker Ahmed Mohamed — received earlier this month was a posting by facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, reading, “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.”
He can say that again. The future belongs to young Muslim males making what look like bombs. That writing has been on the wall for so long, it’s fading. Moral of the story: If you see something, say something. Unless of course you’re a teacher and one of your students brings something that looks like a bomb to class. Then you definitely shouldn’t say anything. Especially if the student has a Muslim name.
What a luxury for all of Ahmed’s supporters to be able to chime in on his side, when they weren’t the ones faced with a possible threat to their lives and the decision of what to do, if anything. Zuckerberg even invited the hoaxer to visit facebook headquarters, just as Obama invited him to visit the White House. Maybe Ahmed is saving the real bomb for one of those occasions, as was perhaps the ultimate goal of this family-planned stunt in the first place. In which case I hope Zuckerberg doesn’t do anything gauche like call police or duck.
Ahmed’s big plans for September were to go to Mecca and the White House. One is surprised the two aren’t yet a single destination.
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