The article below was sent to me in an email by one of my readers. No copyright listed, author unknown. I've found it on an assortment of "patriotic" websites also posted as author unknown.
It is most likely a progression of both fact and folklore, sort of like a joke – the way the joke is originally told at the head of a table is very different than the way it's told at the end of the table. It is obviously intended as a metaphor for the treatment of fundamental terrorists who target Americans. The solution, especially for rattlesnakes, is disturbing.
Because of that respect I give them the fair justice they deserve...I get rid of them.
After the Boston bombing the news media has spent days and weeks trying to determine why these men did what they did. They want to know what America did to make these brothers so angry with us. The media is in a tizzy about this new era of home grown radicals, and about why they could live among us and still hate us.
A friend of mine from Texas explained it all to me: "Here in west Texas I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us. I have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch. I have killed a rattlesnake on the back porch. I have killed rattlesnakes in the barn, in the shop and on the driveway. In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter. I kill rattlesnakes because I know a rattlesnake will bite me and inject me with poison. I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will bite me; I know: It will bite me because it's a rattlesnake and that's what rattlesnakes do. I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake…I just kill it. I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a way to live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me…I just kill them. I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see it I can find out where the other snakes are, because (a) it won’t tell me, and (b) I already know they live on my place. So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.
I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a non-poisonous rat snake...I just kill it. Oh, and on occasion, I accidentally kill a rat snake because I thought it was a rattlesnake at the time. Also, I know, for every rattlesnake I kill, two more are lurking out there in the brush. In my lifetime I will never be able to rid my place of rattlesnakes. Do I fear them? No! Do I respect what they can do to me? Yes! And because of that respect I give them the fair justice they deserve...I get rid of them”.
Maybe as a country we should start giving more thought to the fact that these jihadist's are just like rattlesnakes, and act accordingly.
Terrorists, jihadist's, whatever. My main argument here is mostly due to the unsettling western habit of killing rattlesnakes as though it is both an obligation and an act of virtue. It is neither. It should be obvious that killing them has had no effect on reducing their numbers. What, pray-tell, would be so wrong with simply walking away from the creature. Fear IS the root of all evil. - WES:::