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Another non-terrorist non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot


By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use. (I’m not picking on AP– all the other articles on this subject are like this one in this regard.)

This Ukrainian man had political discontents about his own country of Ukraine, which appears to be one of his motivations in trying to grab the limelight in Sochi. He told the crew that he had placed a bomb on the plane.

The crew of the airplane cleverly diverted to Istanbul and told the hijacker it was Sochi. Negotiators then got him to let the passengers go. Security men mingled among the departing passengers and then grabbed the hijacker. They found no sign of a bomb on the plane.

Note that this Ukrainian, presumably an Eastern Orthodox Christian, threatened to blow up an airplane full of innocents.

He was foiled by Turkish Muslims.

The articles on the Ukrainian hijacker do not refer to him as a “terrorist,” even though threatening to blow up a plane in order to make a political point is clearly terrorism by most definitions of the word.

If the hijacker had been a Muslim, the press would certainly have declared him a terrorist and the fact that he threatened to bomb the plane would not have been taken lightly.

Now it is being said that he was very drunk. Next we will begin hearing that the Ukrainian hijacker is mentally unbalanced. But Muslims who act in this crazy way are never viewed as troubled loners even when it seems pretty obvious that that is what they are.

That Muslim Turks are among the heroes of this story won’t be mentioned explicitly by any of the Islamophobic web sites who constantly stalk innocent Muslims.


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  • Reynardine

    You’re wayalcome!

  • Tanveer Khan

    A cake AND a pony! Thank you Reynardine 😀

  • Tanveer Khan

    Thanks mindy. 😀

  • mindy1

    happy birthday

  • Reynardine

    I think you deserve a pony, too.

  • Reynardine

    Tanveer, it is now the Twelfth of February on your side of the Pond, so you are officially fifteen, more or less:

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    There is a Chinese Zen that states…
    “The hunter is always brave and a sure shot, until the tiger learns to write’.
    I think this is what you mean when you say that history is written by the victorious, but never before propagandists have to deal with the tiger, until the advent of the internet, and so many people with the ability to record their experiences, and make them public.
    Now all the propagandists have to do now is to deny the truths, and slander the messenger. This website is proof that the tiger is telling his side of the story.
    This is the reason people like Pam Geller and Robert Spencer get paid to promote lies…because it is harder and harder to overcome the truth.

  • Timothy W. Crane

    I expect this to get worse.

    At the moment it would be a waste to spend significantly more money on trying to make the United States or the ‘West’ look good in the eyes of non-Western audiences. This will most likely come when we are judged by our actions. Instead we should focus on making the Enemy look ‘bad.’

    Dr. Sebastian Gorka

    Director of the Homeland Defense Fellowship Program, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University and Military Affairs Fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington DC

    – Advisors to the advisors of the puppeteers of the lobbyists to the officials.

    I know its a chess game. Helps to be a few moves ahead.

  • Christian-Friend

    Hold on… Are you implying that Eastern Orhtodox are satanic? Am I reading this right? Because if it is, I’m going to assume you’re one of those Christian that dislikes anything that’s not outisde of your church.

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