Jihad Jane Charged (Hanoi Jane Irritated, Thinking of Suing)

03/10/2010 3:36 PM |

Jihad Jane

So my whole thing about being terrified of unhinged white guys? Let’s add unhinged white ladies to that (MAYBE SAM TANENHAUS WAS RIGHT).

This Jihad Jane story is pretty crazy, no? In case you missed it, a blue-eyed blond from suburban Philadelphia has been charged with plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist and with providing material support to Islamic terrorists. Perhaps the only good thing that will come out of this otherwise alarming development will be a further move away from ethnic profiling (because, you know, it generally doesn’t work). As US attorney Michael Levy says: “[This arrest] shatters any lingering thought that we can spot a terrorist based on appearance.”

Update: Film Editor Mark Asch also points out that the terrorists, like the Pentagon, have clearly learned from their informational screenings of The Battle of Algiers.