American Taliban

American Voicespatriotismterror ISSUE 38•02 Jan 23, 2002

Debate is raging over the proper punishment for John Walker, the California 20-year-old who fought with the Taliban against the U.S. What do you think?

  • “I hope that traitor spends the rest of his life locked away in substantially better living conditions than he had in Afghanistan.”

    Peter Dunn –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Why couldn't he have been like other shallow, overprivileged white kids and just spent a few years in Prague?”

    Vicki Robbins –
    Psychologist

  • “As CEO of a major scotch manufacturer, I demand that he be referred to as John Lindh. Our image is going down the toilet, goddammit.”

    Tom Eisen –
    CEO

  • “Treason or not, I think it was hurtful and tasteless of Walker to go around in blackface like that.”

    Frank Costello –
    Delivery Driver

  • “We could execute Walker, or we could sentence him to tour the country's elementary schools lecturing on how plotting to destroy the U.S. is a dead end.”

    Burt Bynum –
    Cashier

  • “That's it. I'm pulling my son Jason out of that Pakistani madrassa pronto.”

    Roberta Davis –
    Dental Hygienist