Simi Valley Sophist

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Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Chicago Tribune Panders to Somali Muslims

According to a recent Pew poll, a majority of the American public do not trust the main stream news media.

More than half of Americans say US news organizations are politically biased, inaccurate, and don't care about the people they report on, a poll published Thursday showed.

What is there to think of a major newspaper which capitalizes upon a natural disaster to highlight a multicultural prejudice and at the same time slam U.S. foreign policy? Then the newspaper republishes the article excising damning paragraphs from the first article.

From a Chicago Tribune article dated 8/7/07 and entitled, “Somali community hard hit by Minneapolis bridge disaster.”

Sometimes locals jokingly referred to it as "the Somali Bridge" – a lifeline for the 40,000 to 50,000 Somalis estimated by community leaders to be living in the Twin Cities and their suburbs.
What’s the “Somalia Bridge?” It is the now collapsed Interstate 35W bridge.

It seems that Somali cabbies and truckers used the I35W bridge extensively, and apparently the Somali’s are not integrating into the community at large.

For Somalis, who have migrated here in the last decade, the bridge was a vital lifeline connecting an established community on one side of the river with a growing Somali neighborhood on the other.

Unfortunately a 23 year old pregnant Somali mother and her 20 month old daughter were lost in the bridge collapse. I said “lost” because the bodies have not been located and that is a big deal in the Somali culture.

For Somalis, mostly Muslims living here among one of the nation's largest Somali populations, the limbo has horrible implications. In their culture, it's important for someone to be regarded as either dead or alive.

Somalis are well accustomed to the culture of death in their motherland. According to the same article,

In the war-ravaged land they fled, Somalis got used to burying the bodies of tens of thousands of their dead. They usually knew what killed the victims: maybe a bullet, a hatchet, sickness or starvation.

The family has become a symbol of how many Somalis feel the catastrophe seems to be hitting the Minneapolis Somali community particularly hard.

Is the newspaper drawing some moral equivalence between hell-hole existences in Somalia and a bridge collapse in Minneapolis with only two Somalis dead?

The gist of the 8/7/07 Chicago Tribune article is that the bridge disaster, though not directly stated, has disproportionately negatively impacted the Somali community. From the quote above, “…the bridge was a vital lifeline connecting an established community on one side of the river with a growing Somali neighborhood on the other.”

In the multicultural back story, the newspaper reported that a friend of the presumably dead woman and child said,

“We are in a state of shock," she said, sitting in the entrance of her son's textile shop in a makeshift Somali mall designed to resemble a stall market in Mogadishu.

A textile shop resembling a stall market in Mogadishu? You’ve got to be kidding. That sounds like a hallmark for an insular immigrant community that is deliberately exclusive from the Minneapolis community at large.

The 8/7/07 Chicago Tribune article also revealed something else about the Minneapolis Somali community. They manifest the same Muslim paranoia demonstrated by Muslims world-wide.

Still, the collapse was something Somalis never expected to witness in their new homeland. And it has some wondering if the American government has misplaced its priorities by ignoring a decaying national infrastructure in favor of its costly foreign policy.

"Instead of building bridges, they spent more on invading countries," said Abbi Osman, a young Somali who came to Minnesota four years ago and was watching buddies play dominoes Tuesday in a Somali coffee shop. "They are investing in the wrong places."

The collapse too adds to uneasy feelings among Somalis who say they have felt a federal backlash since Sept. 11, 2001 not only because of their Muslim faith but also because Somalia has been accused of harboring terrorists associated with Osama bin Laden. The bridge collapse has added jitters for Somalis who in recent years regrouped and rallied around one another.

And, in case you don’t believe that these people take Islam seriously, just recall the recent controversy where-in Minneapolis Muslim cabdrivers are refusing to service customers associated with alcohol or who have dogs, like seeing-eye dogs.

Now here is an interesting thing. The Chicago Tribune ran the story a second time on 8/8/07 under the headline of, “To Somalis, bridge collapse another blow.” Only, in the second article the Chicago Tribune excised two entire paragraphs. The two paragraphs, which are cited above, state that the Somali opinion is that “…the American government has misplaced its priorities by ignoring a decaying national infrastructure in favor of its costly foreign policy,” and that, “Instead of building bridges, they spent more on invading countries.”

Why did the Chicago Tribune rerun a story and excise, without explanation, two paragraphs which alleged key Somali community characteristics of paranoia and criticism of U.S. foreign policy? Was the highlighting of individual opinion, “…and it has some wondering if…” in such a manner as to imply a community standard inaccurate or not? Was the newspaper pressured by the Somali community, or perhaps the Islamo-fascist apologist organization CAIR, to remove the damning paragraphs? Whatever the reason or reasons that the Chicago Tribune removed the paragraphs, the newspaper can not be trusted.

As to the multicultural back-story, what is there to think about a people who have been fortunate enough to be plucked from the lowest of the third world countries and plopped down among the land of milk and honey and then they reside in insular communities? And of course, they have no problem inflicting their religious intolerance upon their benefactors.

If any of the Minneapolis Somali community doesn’t want to integrate into the larger American experience, and they continue to push their religious tenets upon others, I say lets send them back to Somalia where they won’t have to make phony Mogadishu stall markets. If they want to be a productive part of the American dream, which includes the Judeo-Christian work ethic and religious tolerance, Welcome! If not, Get Out and take the Chicago Tribune with them.

Links in this blog:
US public sees news media as biased, inaccurate, uncaring: poll

Somali community hard hit by Minneapolis bridge disaster

To Somalis, bridge collapse another blow

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