Um…laugh everyone? Ha ha? No? Guess not.
I can kinda understand the pressures young men of Arab descent might be under in this post-9/11 fear factory. I might even be able to picture them sitting in a restaurant next to a busybody white lady, saying “Hey, let’s get a rise outta this broad. (louder) DID YOU BRING DE BOMB, ACHMED? IS EET EEN DE CAR?” But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that crying “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater (or “Bomb!” on a loaded airplane) is A REALLY DUMB THING TO DO.
Apparently, it takes someone smarter than a medical student, however: The Miami Herald | 09/13/2002 | Feds: Three suspects played stupid joke.
Oh, and don’t think I’m blaming the “busybody white lady” either. I’m actually comforted by the fact that someone can report something like this and the authorities will really do something about it. The idiots in the car are the bad guys, not her….as long as Ashcroft and Company don’t turn this into an advertisement for Project TIPS…
UPDATE: Well, there I go again…falling hook-line-and-sinker for a media story, instead of waiting for Larry King… I saw the three students interviewed on both Larry King Live and on FoxNews (might as well get spun from both angles). Not only did they seem like rational, intelligent young men–and not the sort that would pull a stupid stunt like this–but it turns out that security cameras even put lie to the claim that they ran the toll booth! I’m so ashamed of myself.