"Mr Bin Laden doesn't want us to use hand lotions and vaselines in the airplanes anymore"
"What do you mean?"
"Isn't that the essence of the hand luggage restrictions on air travels recently?"
"Have you been out of this planet?"
"No! Why are you asking?"
"Because, I’m rather surprised you are asking such question, didn’t you read about the failed ‘Titanic’ plan to blow up airplanes across the Atlantic"
"I heard about it, but from my perspective the government’s reaction makes the plot a success."
"Terrorism is basically actions directed at instilling fear in peoples’ mind in order to meet a demand. The terrorists want to be heard and they think the best way is to blow people up or attempt to. They want the West to change their lifestyles, and restrict their freedom. They seem to be succeeding."
"They didn’t blow the planes………..they were nicked."
"But they were successful……they have succeeded in imposing another form of Sharia law in airports and airplanes. Now our freedom has been restricted by their efforts."
"I do not agree………..the restriction was a precautionary method to reduce the risk of another attack."
"Did you listen to John Reid’s speech on the day of the incident?"
"Did you hear when he said we are on an imminent danger comparable to that of the air raids in WW2."
"Ehn…what does that imply?"
"It means the terrorist are winning………. we are on a siege, just like in the 1940s. The only difference is that unlike the Nazis, the Mujahadeens are besieging our minds. They are besieging our governments, and they seem to be winning."
"I still don’t get it."
"That was what John Reid also said………..he said, those of you who are critical of the governments anti-terror policies simply ‘do not get it’. And nobody seems to. Did you hear about the incident of the plane divert last week. A plane was diverted because a passenger was found with vaseline. This is the days in which tourists become terrorists, and terrorists are tourists."
"So you want the government to soften their policy."
"No. I want the government to be tough on terrorism; I want the government to continue their anti-terror war as much as they can. But I don’t want the government to react to terrorism in the way that will justify the actions of the enemies. I don’t want the government to act as if they are at the mercy of Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri. I don't want the government to determine the freedom of the majority by the dictates of the bomb carrying minorities. If this continues, we won’t have Olympics or World Cup again."
"Because Mr Bin Laden doesn’t like bikini-wearing ladies running around in the full glare of men. "
"And so what? He can’t do anything about it, if he doesn’t like it, he should stop watching the games."
"You still don’t get it. What he had to do is get his boys on the move again. And they are in abundance, who awaits such privilege and promise of 40 virgins in the after life. What they need to do is simply attempt blowing up one of the stadiums……….they don’t need to succeed….an attempt, even arrests is enough for the message they are sending."
"Can we change the topic?"
"Yes, but I have to go now.......I've got a research to do."
"About Bin Laden?"
"No! his comrades..................global warming and climate change."
"So when are we seeing you here again?"
"When I'm bored with Ken Livingstone's policy on Energy and Sustainable Development."
"Now, I am getting confused."
"I am as well. I think that is the whole essence of writing a thesis .........to confuse yourself and others."
"I never knew that."
"Now you know...........see you later."