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Those Imams

By on 11.28.06 | 4:46PM headlines PowerLine blogs take on the six imams ejected from an airline flight. I'll add a bit. It appears to me that, like gang members in a polite neighborhood, the imams were engaging in a threat display. They did not intend to do anything (probably); the display alone serves their purpose.

You can see this behavior in Mexican or Filipino gangs in American cities, in Vietnamese gangs in Paris, and almost anywhere else thug culture has a foothold. You can see it in middle school lunchrooms and among high schoolers walking home from school. That we now see it in the practitioners of Islam is, I think, most telling: of who they are, of how they see us.

This is testing behavior. We can expect a lot more of it.

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