July 04, 2002
"It wasn't terrorism": Top Ten Explanations for the LAX El Al Shooting

The man who shot to death two people at the LAX El Al counter has now been identified as an Egyptian national. Oddly, the FBI still maintains that there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism.

Sooooo. let's review the facts. Arab shoots and kills people at Israeli airline counter. Terrorism is the first explanation that pops into my head. But okay, fair enough, what do I know, I'm not an FBI agent. So if it's not terrorism, there apparently is another logical explanation. My sources deep in the bowels of the FBI tell me that these are the Top Ten Explanations for the Shooting, Other Than Terrorism®
10. Love triangle.
9. Drug deal gone bad.
8. He was just cleaning his gun and it went off by mistake
7. He was upset because he was having a bad hair day.
6. Mental illness (perhaps in his own mind the gunman imagined he was committing terrorism, even though he wasn't committing terrorism in fact).
5. The guy meant to shoot up a different airline
4. He did it to impress Jodie Foster
3. He was frustrated with El Al's customer service
2. He misfired. He actually meant to shoot his gun into the air in celebration of the 4th of July, just as many Arabs like to shoot into the air to celebrate weddings, birthdays, suicide bombings and other festivities. It would be pure racism for the FBI to misjudge this man's culture and accuse him of terrorism just because he had lousy aim.

And the number one Explanation for the Shooting, Other Than Terrorism®
1. Even though he really intended to shoot and kill Israelis and other Jews, it wasn't terrorism, it was a martyrdom operation, caused by Israeli occupation of West Jerusalem.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at July 04, 2002 11:55 PM

You are great! May I circulate your top 10 explanations among my friends here in Melbourne ?

Posted by: ralph zwier on July 5, 2002 05:54 AM

Argh... ye beat me to the punch with Blogger down! Avast, I die, matey... :)

Posted by: Laurence Simon on July 5, 2002 11:30 AM

From www.timesonline.co.uk :

"THE United States and Israel were split last night over whether the attack on an El Al check-in desk on Thursday was an act of terrorism or a random act of murder.

Local police said last night that they were still seeking a motive behind the killings at Los Angeles Internaitonal Airport."

Hmmm! I wonder whether the police ever discovered a "motive" for 9/11 ? Maybe we shouldn't be too quick to jump to conclusions there !!

Posted by: Ralph Zwier on July 8, 2002 10:06 PM

2 points:

when was the last time anyone got worried over a shooting in LA?

wasn't one of the people killed shot by the security guards (I've just returned from USA and confirm that they're all past retirement age)?

Posted by: gav on July 17, 2002 05:41 AM

I'm just wandering around after seeing your account of the Barak protest...

2 points from gav? here goes...

I was awfully worried about the shooting in LA because I was checking in at the counter behind the El Al counter (Thai Airways). I heard the shots, and they still ring clear in my mind. Moreover, you don't forget the sight of ten thousand people running *away*.

The person shot by security was the gunman. good riddance.

and as a bonus, I missed my flight, but caught one the next day.

Posted by: Susie on November 21, 2002 04:16 PM

Okay - just a coincidence. He had a bad day, wanted to pop somebody, and his target just happened to have been one of THE PRIME TARGETS FOR MUSLIM TERRORISTS: Jewish (and Hindu) women of child-bearing age. Bonus points when (as in this case) the target is especially beautiful. Purely coincidental.

Posted by: Passerby on April 10, 2003 11:41 AM
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