Why shit like this works.
“The point is that you are supposed to vote for the principle of the thing, not the itsy-bitsy detail about this percent and that percent. And it is perfectly obvious that Labour stands for the principle of sharing, kindness, gays, single mothers and Nelson Mandela as opposed to braying bossy men having affairs with everyone shag-shag-shag left, right and center and going to the Ritz in Paris then telling all the presenters off on the Today program.”
–Helen Fielding, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”
And the principle of the thing at work here is that Arabs attacked us, Muslims attacked us, and that one brown person is as good as another. There’s a type we hate, a group we hate, even though some of them are all right and we sure like eating their falafel at Taste of Buttfuck, Ohio, and if they’d just take the veils off and “blend in” we wouldn’t even have to trouble our beautiful minds. But really, when you get right down to it, they’re all the same to us is the principle of the thing, and quibbling about this Arab country or that Arab country is just nitpicking.