...Why America should not profile...(tongue firmly in cheek).

Re: Recent History of Terrorist Attacks

The source of the following questionnaire has been lost to the ether. What I did was to greatly expand the original 10 items to bring it up to date and to add, first, representative examples of terrorist attacks of various kinds, and second, to include just about all of the most well known of such incidents. This new form of the Questionnaire also completely revises the quiz questions to make the references fit with the dates in question; the original version was funny as hell but big on anachronisms and fantasy.

This new version makes things more "realistic."

One purpose of the current questionnaire is to remind people of the fact that there have been almost 17,000 terrorists attacks of all sizes since 911, documented in detail on the website, Religion of Peace. While there is no way to refer to all of those events the new questionnaire should give you an idea of the many kinds of attacks carried out in many different countries. This also makes a point, perhaps expressed most tellingly by Bernard Lewis, that controversies centered on Israel are being used by the political Left to "distract world media attention - particularly in Western Europe - from the severe human rights abuses within Arab League member states". And from states like Pakistan and Iran and even Indonesia. Not that the Right has its hands completely clean, conservatives are quite good at overlooking Israel's shortcomings, but this is the lesser problem by several orders of magnitude.

The editorial comments which precede and conclude the questionnaire are exactly as the original author said them --as relevant as when he ( or she ) first wrote some time in the year after 911.

Why Profiling is Never Made Use of by the United States

No Profiling Please, Absolutely No Profiling! Pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test. These events are actual events from history. They really happened! Do you remember?

HERE'S THE TEST.....

1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:
  • a. Strom Thurmond
  • b. Jane Fonda
  • c. Arlo Guthrie
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 3. In 1974 two Salvation Army workers in Oakland, California were gunned down by:
  • a. Grace Slick and the Jefferson Starship.
  • b. Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac.
  • c. James Taylor and Carole King.
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 4. In 1977 the offices of B'nai B'rith in Washington, DC were stormed and several people killed by:
  • a. Alvin Toffler and his wife, Heidi, and their attorney, Hal Strudler
  • b. A group of environmentalists from California
  • c.< Jesse Helms and a group of Republicans from North Carolina
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 5. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
  • a. Leonard Nimoy and the cast of Star Trek
  • b. Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • c. Ornithologists on a bird watching expedition
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 6. In May of 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot four times in an assassination attempt by:
  • a. John Rutter
  • b. Andrew Lloyd Weber
  • c. John Tavener
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 7. Also in 1981, following two years of persecutions in which there were many other murders, at least 84 Baha'is in Iran who refused to convert to Islam were tortured and killed by:
  • a. Japanese tourists visiting Teheran
  • b. Former executives of British Petroleum
  • c. Russian scholars studying the ruins of Persepolis
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 8. From 1982 to 1992 some 96 people, including 25 Americans, were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
  • a. Tammy Faye and Bob Baker
  • b. William F. Buckley and the staff of National Review
  • c. The Boy Scouts
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 9. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up, killing 220, by:
  • a. The crew of a sailboat that had been touring the Aegean
  • b. Several museum curators on a fact finding trip
  • c. Officers of the World Future Society
  • d. A Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 10. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
  • a. Mary Tyler Moore and Alan Alda
  • b. Howard Cosell
  • c. The Catholic Bishops Conference
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 11. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver was murdered by:
  • a. Several New Agers high on acid
  • b. A kindergarten class on a field trip
  • c. The string section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 12. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by :
  • a. A soccer team from Brazil
  • b. The editor of Reader's Digest
  • c. The Dalai Lama
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 13. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
  • a. Monica Lewinsky
  • b. Monica Crowley
  • c. George Stephanopoulos and the DNC
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 14. In 1997 seven people were shot to death, because they were thought to be Jews, in the observation section at the top of the Empire State Building by:
  • a. Franklin Graham
  • b. Pat Robertson
  • c. Dr. James Dobson
  • d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 15. In 1998, with a resulting total death toll of 223 and over 4000 injured, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
  • a. Newt Gingrich
  • b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill's women problems
  • c. Dolly Parton and her publicity agent
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 16. In the late Spring of 2001 some 20 people were kidnapped in the Philippines, including two American missionaries, Martin Burnham and his wife, Gracia Burnham, which eventually led to Martin's death at the hands of:
  • a. Members of the Parent Teachers Association of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • b. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet
  • c. Steve Jobs
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 17. On 9/11/2001, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Center and of the remaining two, one crashed into the Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.
    Thousands of people were killed by:
  • a. Joe Johns and his buddies at CNN
  • b. Lutherans from Minnesota
  • c. Scientists from Bell Labs
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 18. In 2002 there were a series of unprovoked sniper attacks in the metro DC area which killed ten innocent people carried out by:
  • a. The Girl Scouts
  • b. Dan Rather and the staff of CBS News
  • c. The Vienna Boys Choir
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 19. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
  • a. Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire
  • b. Cokie Roberts and friends of hers from Wellesley College
  • c. The CATO Institute.
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 20. A missionary hospital was attacked in Yemen in 2002 which resulted in the deaths of three humanitarian / medical workers , carried out by:
  • a. Quaker pacifists from Pennsylvania
  • b. The faculty of Roosevelt University
  • c. Journalists associated with the Atlantic Monthly magazine
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 21. In other 2002 news, 58 Christian churches were burned down in Nigeria and at least 200 Christians were killed, many of the women raped, by a rampaging mob of:
  • a. Vegetarians
  • b. Microbiologists
  • c. NASA communications specialists
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 22. Also in 2002 the El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport was attacked and, in the ensuing shooting two people were killed by:
  • a. Brit Hume of Fox News
  • b. Mara Liasson
  • c. Juan Williams
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40
  • 23. The climax of events of 2002 took place in that year on the Island of Bali when bomb blasts at peaceful tourist destinations killed 202 people, actions carried out by:
  • a. Unitarians
  • b. Zoroastrians
  • c. Libertarians
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 24. 2002 was the effective start of a still on-going terrorist insurgency in southern Thailand in which, through 2010, approximately 3000 Buddhists have been killed, including women, monks, and school children, carried out by:
  • a. Petroleum geologists
  • b. Naturalized US citizens from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
  • c. Astronomers from Hawaii
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 25. In 2003 while American troops were getting ready to invade Iraq in order to remove Saddam Hussein from power and end his brutal dictatorship, hand grenades were thrown into tents of mostly Christian soldiers, killing three and wounding eleven. This was done by:
  • a. A disgruntled Walmart employee
  • b. One of Donald Trump's former mistresses
  • c. A financial analyst for Goldman-Sachs
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40
  • 26. In 2003 a passenger bus was attacked in the Philippines which resulted in the deaths of 12 people, at the hands of:
  • a. Cheerleaders from a high school in Indiana
  • b. Executives of the Wall Street Journal
  • c. The University of Illinois marching band
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 27. In 2003 a Hindu family of 11, seven of whom were women, including a newborn baby, was attacked in Bangla Desh, and burned to death by:
  • a. Chinese merchants from San Francisco
  • b. A group of foresters from the state of Washington
  • c. Alumni of the University of Massachusetts
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 28. In 2004 the Russians were in for a terrible shock when a school in the town of Beslan was captured by gunmen who took 1,100 hostages, of whom 777 were children, In the shootout that eventually followed, 300 people, most of whom were school kids, >were killed. The gunmen were:
  • a. Faculty from the Duke University humanities department
  • b. Members of the Human Rights Commission of Eugene, Oregon
  • c. Leaders of the Pacific Green Party
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 29. Another eventful day in 2004 took place when a series of bombs destroyed commuter trains in Madrid Spain, killing 180 people. The perpetrators were:
  • a. Anheuser-Busch beer distributors
  • b. Alison Kraus and musicians from Nashville, Tennessee
  • c. Mississippi River tug boat operators
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 30. In 2004 the Dutch film maker, Theo Van Gogh ( grandson of the famous artist ) was
    murdered in broad daylight in Amsterdam by:
  • a. Anita Baker
  • b. Michaela Petrie
  • c. John Tesh
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40
  • 31. In 2004 the story broke about "rape camps" in Darfur, Sudan, concerning organized use of rape as a means of terrorizing mostly black Christian and Pagan populations in the country. This is in addition to an on-going genocide which has left a minimum of a million people dead in the years since about 1990, and actually before in some locations. But the rape camp story was something new, with hundreds of young women captured during raids on villages, made to become sex slaves, times when children and men are also captured and made into slaves as the word is more commonly used, a practice widely practiced in the country.
    Those responsible are:
  • a. Dentists from Toledo, Ohio
  • b. Lobbyists for the auto industry
  • c. Ranchers from eastern Colorado
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 32. In 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a series of mildly critical cartoons of Muhammad. The result was a worldwide uproar that led to the deaths of a minimum of 100 people at the hands of:
  • a. Democratic Party aldermen from the North Side of Chicago
  • b. Women owners of antique stores
  • c. The Philadelphia Flyers hockey team
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 33. On July 7, 2005, a series of bomb blasts in the London subway system killed 53 and injured 700. This was carried out by:
  • a. The American Israel Political Action Committee
  • b. The cast of NCIS
  • c. The Screen Actors Guild
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 34. Also in 2005, three hotels in Amman, Jordan, were hit with explosions that killed 60 and wounded 115. The hotels were the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Radisson SAS Hotel, and the Days Inn, all frequented by foreign nationals. As it happened, most of the guests on that occasion were Jordanians, including, at the Radisson, a large wedding party which was decimated by one of the blasts. The carnage was the responsibility of:
  • a. The American Historical Association
  • b. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • c. The American Psychoanalytic Association
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 35. In late 2005 "youths" in France rioted for much of two months during which they destroyed --set fire to-- 8,973 cars and other vehicles, burned down an unreported
    number of buildings, and injured 126 fire fighters and policemen responding to the arson and violence. Those responsible were:
  • a. Employees of Disney World
  • b. Proctor and Gamble Company upper level management
  • c. United Farm Workers union organizers
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 36. The year 2006 included an attack on a Jewish Federation building in Seattle that left six women shot , one of whom was killed. The shooter was:
  • a. Lars Larson
  • b. Rush Limbaugh
  • c. John Stewart
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 37. In 2006, years before "the wall" --the lengthy security barrier-- was in place in Israel, there were repeated incidents of terrorism against the civilian population. One of the most notable was the bombing of a Tel Aviv restaurant where Passover was being observed by a large party of people. When it was over three people were dead and another 68 wounded. This was carried out by:
  • a. The cast of Law and Order
  • b. The American Medical Association
  • c. Zondervan publishers
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 38. In 2007 there was excitement in Salt Lake City during a Valentine's Day shooting that took place at a gift shop carried out by an immigrant who hated the custom of giving gifts of love between unmarried couples. Five people were killed by:
  • a. Elie Weisel
  • b. Andre Previn
  • c. Jerry Yang
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
    39. In 2008 another immigrant in Texas shot and killed his two daughters because of their American lifestyles, which were contrary to his religious beliefs. He was :
  • a. Sergey Brin
  • b. George Soros
  • c. Ted Koppel
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 40. In 2009 the founder of an ethnic TV station in Buffalo, New York, a model resident according to those who respected his religion, beheaded his wife when she sought a divorce. The man was:
  • a. Charles Krauthammer
  • b. Harrison Ford
  • c. Pat Buchanan
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 41. In 2009 a shooting took place at Ft Hood in which 13 people were gunned down and killed, many others wounded. The killer was a military psychiatrist with a history of extreme piety for his religion and was:
  • a. A devout Presbyterian
  • b. A Jesuit theologian
  • c. A Zen Buddhist chaplain
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 42. In November of 2008 a team of ten assassins went on a rampage in Mumbai ( Bombay ), India, which resulted in the deaths of 164 people and another 308 injured. Two landmark hotels were extensively damaged by arson fires, a hospital was attacked, as was a Jewish community center where a rabbi and his family were murdered. Those who did this were:
  • a. Graphic artists associated with Archaeology magazine
  • b. Members of the Sierra Club
  • c. Members of the Rado Shack Tour De France cycling team
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 43. Also in May of 2010 there was an attempt to blow up a van filled with explosives and cans of gasoline after it was parked on a Times Square street, jammed with people, by:
  • a. George Will
  • b. Shannon Bream of Fox News
  • c. Ray Suarez of PBS
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 44. In 2005 a Christian father of three was kidnapped and then executed in Somalia for the "crime" of leading a house church by:
  • a. Dreamworks animators
  • b. Executives of US Gypsum Company
  • c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women from South Carolina
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 45. On July 4, 2010, T. J. Joseph, a teacher at a Catholic school in southern India was captured and beaten and his hands cut off for "blaspheming" Muhammad, that is, giving honest questions about his religious claims. Captured with Joseph were his sister and his elderly mother, who were also tortured, by:
  • a. Theosophists from Connecticut
  • b. Auto mechanics from Arizona
  • c. Coal miners from West Virginia
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 46. Also in July of 2010 some 76 people who were watching World Cup soccer games in Uganda were blown to smithereens for their taking part in frivolous pastimes by:
  • a. Boeing company aircraft engineers
  • b. Architects from Taliesin West
  • c. Mormon bishops from Idaho
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 47. In August of 2010 a team of 8 Christian aid workers, plus two Afghan employees, providing eye care and medical help to remote villagers were killed by:
  • a. Cashiers from the First National Bank of Chicago
  • b. Park Rangers from the Grand Canyon
  • c. Lobster fishermen from Boston
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 48. In October of 2010 a woman living in Modena, Italy, was beaten to death by her ethnic husband because the woman attempted to stop the forced marriage of the couple's daughter. The girl, for her reluctance, was also beaten into a coma by her brother. The two men are:
  • a. Lawyers from East Kentcuky
  • b. Cartographers from Upper Michigan
  • c. Meteorologists from Nebraska
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 49. On December 25, Christmas of 2010, gunmen invaded a Catholic church in Baghdad and killed 22 people including a priest, leaving 80 others wounded. The murderers were:
  • a. Members in good standing of the AARP
  • b. Construction superintendents
  • c. Jazz musicians from New Orleans
  • d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40.
  • 50. In 2011 at a New Year's Eve service which had begun while it was still 2010, a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt was targeted by a suicide bomber who killed 21 people among the throng of 1000. The perpetrator was:
  • a. Brianna Keilar of CNN
  • b. A Baptist divinity student from Texas
  • c. A gourmet chef from Atlanta
  • d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40.

  • No, I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you? So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim males between the ages 17 and 40 alone lest they be guilty of profiling.