At best, the upcoming visit of Zaid Shakir is an exercise in wishful thinking. At worst, it is an insult to reasoning and thinking Americans everywhere. To picket or not to picket, that is the question.
His topic? "Responding to the Fort Hood Tragedy." Or as the MSA website bills it:
Zaid Shakir will be presenting a talk to the Claremont College community to address the Fort Hood tragedy: the events asssociated with it as well as those ensuing from it. He will also explain how and why the crime perpetrated by Major Nidal Malik Hasan can not and should not be attributed to Islam.
Of course, it wasn't a tragedy, it was a massacre. And it wasn't a "crime," it was the calculated decision of a Muslim who considered himself at war with the United States. This is not to say that all Muslims are a threat, but pretending that some Muslims aren't is the essence of folly. In a sane world, Mr. Tunku Varadarajan would be the guest of the Muslim groups on campus. But sadly, we do not live in a sane world. Never worry, at least some of the Senators in America have realized that this was an act of jihad against us.