Iraqis on civil rights tour get a dose of US hospitality

This story sickens me.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Iraqis visiting on a civil rights tour were barred from city hall after the city council chairman said it was too dangerous to let them in.

The seven Iraqi civic and community leaders are in the midst of a three-week American tour, sponsored by the State Department to learn more about the process of government. The trip also includes stops in Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Iraqis were scheduled to meet with a city council member, but Joe Brown, the council chair, said he feared the group was dangerous.

“We don’t know exactly what’s going on. Who knows about the delegation, and has the FBI been informed?” Brown said. “We must secure and protect all the employees in that building.”

Elisabeth Silverman, the group’s host and head of the Memphis Council for International Visitors, said Brown told her he would “evacuate the building and bring in the bomb squads” if the group entered.

“They are in charge of setting up processes in their country. They have to educate themselves about how it works in this country,” Silverman said.

This is symptomatic of the Annie Jacobsen mentality so prevalent in America today. It makes me ashamed to be an American. Why don’t we simply outlaw Muslims altogether, and round them up, Michelle Malkin-style? While we’re at it, we might as well go for all dark-skinned people. (Be sure to visit that last link; it is priceless.)

No doubt the LGF crowd will cheer the Memphis councilmen as heroes. I have a more intimate word for them, and it begins with “a.”

The Discussion: 9 Comments

Well, have you ever been to Memphis? I have, and though it may be the heartland of rhythm ‘n blues, I’d be scared to depend on them for my cultural enlightenment.

August 4, 2004 @ 2:55 am | Comment

ridiculous. at least we don’t have to worry about offending the Iraqis since our bullets & missiles speak louder than our city councilmen.

August 4, 2004 @ 8:47 am | Comment

As the offending chairman is a Democrat, I don’t see LGF congratulating him.

August 4, 2004 @ 10:53 am | Comment

I don’t know — Charles Johnson strikes me as an equal opportunity hater. If you hate Muslims, you’re okay by Charles, no matter what your political affiliation.

August 4, 2004 @ 10:56 am | Comment

“As the offending chairman is a Democrat”

No surprise there.

August 5, 2004 @ 12:41 pm | Comment

They’re in Tennessee, of course he’s a “Democrat.”

August 5, 2004 @ 12:52 pm | Comment

He’s a Democrat, of course he’s an “idiot”.

August 6, 2004 @ 9:17 am | Comment

And the hatred continues!

August 6, 2004 @ 7:31 pm | Comment

It sure does, Jacky.

And Sam, you said it well. Thanks.

August 6, 2004 @ 8:53 pm | Comment

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