A few days ago, I posted on my own site, a small segment about the Muslim youth who was arrested because he had built an electronic clock, and brought it to his school inside a case.
Because of the furore about a seemingly-innocent kid being arrested, I wrote “But, given the mood within schools and colleges today, and allowing for the fact that your name is Ahmed Mohamed, you are Muslim, and your skin is Brown: might it not have been wiser to bring along a big label stating, ‘My Dad has confirmed that this is an Electronic Clock’!”
But now it seems as though the whole episode was contrived to provoke alarm (no pun intended), as the youngster seems to have just stripped the insides from an ordinary digital clock, bolted the display to the case lid, and jerry-rigged a power supply into the system, as can be seen from the video.
Now be that as it may, are we going to see the invitation to the White House rapidly withdrawn?
Answers on a postcard to 1600, Pennysylvania Avenue.