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Chris Matthews suggests that Boston suspects are Arabs

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I’ve watched about as much as a sentient being can stand of cable coverage of the FBI’s announcement of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case– an hour or so– and in that time Chris Matthews kept hinting that the suspects are Arabs. He wondered whether the FBI doesn’t have ethnographic experts who can say on the basis of facial features whether these guys are from a foreign country, and he promptly offered Yemen as a possibility. Later he pressed experts about his suspicion that the suspects are foreign. They put on new baseball caps to try to “hide their identity” and pretend to be Americans, he said. They’re political zealots, he said in so many words on another occasion– not the kind you find in America. I don’t see what evidence he has for these assertions. In fact, they seem unfair.

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Gosh! From 11 fuzzy stills and 30secs of video he can extrapolate so much! I could see two young males.

Oh come on, Phil, you KNOW they’re Mossad people, dressed to look like people of Mideast descent, hell bent on making more trouble for all the innocents living so peacefully in the calm sands of the Middle East. Can’t you get it right the first time?

Bless you Philip– I could not stomach it.

I read Mondoweiss instead, and am a bit more informed than I was this morning. Thank you.

Obviously, the new baseball caps are there to disguise the fact that they are Arab. After all, if they aren’t wearing white peaked hoods on Boyleston Street, they couldn’t possibly be white supremacists.

“and in that time Chris Matthews kept hinting that the suspects are Arabs. He wondered whether the FBI doesn’t have ethnographic experts who can say on the basis of facial features whether these guys are from a foreign country, and he promptly offered Yemen as a possibility.” not sure what looking Arab is, most of the world look like Arabs of one kind or another, as a Brazilian ( J-C Menendes) at Stockwell station in… Read more »