Why the “Muslim Bomb Clock Kid” Story Makes Me Want to Puke
There are actually several reasons.
1) Have we not realized yet that just because someone is named Ahmed, that doesn’t mean they’re a threat, or sympathize with those who are threats? Here’s a news flash: in every place we’ve fought Muslims, we’ve had Muslim allies. There are some Muslims who hate ISIS or Al Qaeda more than any average American, because they’ve had to deal with terrorism face to face. A whole bunch of Jordanian Muslims watched ISIS burn one of their brave young pilots to death, and they were pretty pissed about it. Think a Jordanian named Ahmed is automatically suspicious? Then you’re an idiot.
2) At a school, can’t we expect to find at least one person who knows that “jumble of wires in a briefcase” doesn’t necessarily mean “bomb”? One sane, responsible adult could have said, “Hmmm. That looks odd, but it’s just a bunch of wires, a circuit board and a digital display. If it was a bomb it would contain actual explosive material, but there isn’t any. And the kid says it’s a clock. By golly, I think it’s a clock too.” But, of course, no sane, responsible adult was willing to do that. Does everyone in America, even our teachers, base their reactions on what the movies tell them a bomb is supposed to look like?
3) Why would the cop make that arrest? You have a kid in a NASA shirt who sure as hell looks like a science nerd, with a device that clearly isn’t a bomb, which the kid says isn’t a bomb. By all accounts the kid never said it was a bomb. I can’t imagine by what reasoning the officer decided, “I need to arrest this kid for having a clock that isn’t a bomb and doesn’t look like a bomb and that he never said was a bomb.”
4) How did we get so terrified of litigation that a teacher would say, “I know that’s not a bomb but I’m reporting this to the principal anyway, because if something happens I’m not willing to be responsible for it,” and the principal would say, “I know that’s not a bomb but I’m reporting this to the police anyway, because if something happens I’m not willing to be responsible for it,” and the responding officer would say, “I know that’s not a bomb but I’m arresting this kid anyway, because if something happens I’m not willing to be responsible for it.”? Having worked in local government for decades, I can almost guarantee that’s what happened. Everyone up the chain probably knew they were overreacting, everyone knew it was just a clock and no action should have been taken, everyone thought it was stupid to report it and call the police, but everyone up the chain took unnecessary action anyway. Because nobody had the balls to say, “This is bullshit and everybody needs to calm down.”
5) God dammit. Why do legions of social justice warriors act like they figured out some amazing conspiracy? “We knew it! They never thought it was a bomb! But they arrested him anyway!” Well, no shit. He was arrested for possession of a hoax bomb; that literally means, “fake bomb”. Yes, they knew all along it was fake. They didn’t arrest him because they believed the bomb was real, they arrested him for (allegedly) trying to trick people into believing his clock was a bomb.
The issue isn’t “they knew all along it wasn’t real and they lied so they’d have a reason to arrest this kid.” The issue is, “they knew all along it wasn’t real and they could have just ignored it like the non-event it was, but everyone is so scared of violating some policy and getting sued later that they’d rather pass the buck as far as possible, even if it means arresting an innocent kid for doing nothing wrong at all.”
Maybe I’m wrong about this. Maybe Ahmed the science nerd is actually a fourteen-year old ISIS commander. Maybe he ran the halls shouting “kill the infidel” before pulling his clock from his backpack. Maybe he made bomb jokes. Maybe there is some damn reason, somewhere, that would make this arrest reasonable.
Maybe. But if there is a reason, the school and police sure aren’t letting us in on it.
So unless and until we find out more information, I can only reach one conclusion. This was a ridiculous, moronic, cowardly overreaction by people who’d rather sacrifice a good kid than take responsibility for doing the right thing. And the right thing, of course, would have been to say, “That’s an awesome clock. What else can you build?”
Chris Hernandez is a 20 year police officer, former Marine and currently serving National Guard soldier with over 25 years of military service. He is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and also served 18 months as a United Nations police officer in Kosovo. He writes for BreachBangClear.com and Iron Mike magazine and has published two military fiction novels, Proof of Our Resolve and Line in the Valley, through Tactical16 Publishing. He can be reached at email@example.com or on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ProofofOurResolve).
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