"Post 9/11, our philosophy should be: Raghead talks tough? Raghead faces consequences!"
What sort of maniac from the lunatic fringe would say such a thing? Well, you don't need to go that far to find the answer. It was none other than inexplicably well-paid, syndicated columnist Ann Coulter.
Ann Coulter is a dangerous woman.
She's the sort of character producers at Fox News dream about - she's attractive, intelligent (statements notwithstanding), conservative, and can work a crowd.
The above statement, though, is a step too far. It is the sort of declaration that stirs hatred towards an America clearly becoming more and more arrogant by the day. Especially considering the current climate; the furore over the Danish cartoons has yet to disipate, and the debate about respect for Muslims and other foreign societies continues to gather speed.
If anything or anyone should be censored or fired, it should be Ms Coulter for this incredibly racist, reprehensible comment. There is no way this can be dressed up as "misinterpretation". The term "raghead" is nothing if not meant as racist. This is the sort of thing governments should be targetting, not newspapers that decided to show everyone what all the fuss was about, vis-a-vis the cartoons.
What's even scarier, though, is the forum where this utterance occurred: the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. The acclaim and cheers that met the statement are equally worrying.
A once great nation, led now by soap-box pundits with money, America is slowly digging its own grave.