In Mr. Roker's recent letter to The Source, he foretells of violent revolution on St. Croix. Is this man a modern day Nostradamus? Well, if I had to guess, I'd venture that Mr. Roker is, instead, the type of fellow who walks around dispensing all kinds of unsolicited predictions: "Hilary Clinton will win the presidency in 2012 with 49.8% of the popular vote" or, "the Rams will only cover the spread 5 times this season. You'll see." Yawn.
In this way, Mr. Roker is a vastly less entertaining version of the Weekly World News. You know the one: it's the guilty pleasure with creative headlines such as "Bat Boy Lives!" and "4 Out of 5 Psychics Predict Moon Will Explode This Month!" Yeah, you sneak a look at it and laugh. No one takes it seriously. Again, sort of like Mr. Roker.
But where the Weekly World News and Mr. Roker part company is that the WWN doesn't offer predictions like: "It is not their neighborhood that gets burned down; it is the haves neighborhoods; it is not throwing of gas-filled lit bottles but carefully placed explosives." Mr. Roker offered this handy terror tip in his letter to The Source.
Now what's so disturbing is that firebombs thrown at "haves" is not sufficiently clairvoyant for Mr. Roker. No, you need big Iraqi-style bombs to do the trick in Mr. Roker's vision of a St Croix uprising. This is a man who clearly fantasizes about committing such acts and hides behind the passive-aggressive veil of "I predict that, blah, blah, blah."
Mr. Roker is not merely engaging in jihadist pipedreams but he's also providing tactical advice on how to go about it. I wonder: would The Source have run the letter had Mr. Roker gone on to describe just how you build a "carefully placed explosive"? Is this what passes for acceptable discourse?
It's important at this point to remember just exactly why Mr. Roker fantasizes about turning St Croix into the Caribbean Sunni Triangle: prices are going up.
This is a new one on me. I've heard of revolutions starting because of homegrown tyrannies, occupying invaders, or frustration with staid trends in popular music but seldom because of, in Mr. Roker's words, "rising costs and stagnant or decreasing wages." This sounds more like the Fed chairman droning on about what's likely to affect GPD next year than an incitement to murder your fellow citizens.
But any excuse will do for the aspiring jihadi I suppose. He hopefully predicts: "Now the revolution is near. I hope these same persons can feel the energized heartbeats, the footsteps of the angry masses, and the frustration of increased prices everywhere: the gas pump, grocery store and taxes!!!"
What banners will the "angry masses" carry in this revolution I wonder? Perhaps: "We refuse to pay $1 a gallon less for gas than they do in the States!" Stirring stuff to be sure, but probably not catchy enough for most folks to start making IED roadside bombs.
Mr. Roker writes, "For the past year I predicted a major racial disturbance on the Virgin Islands. Much of it, especially on St. John, is focused on money. I spoke to our senator-at-large in depth about the situation in St. John and received the typical, 'great idea, I'll look into that immediately,' then nothing, as usual."
I don't know much about our at-large senator, but he just scored huge points with me by having the good sense to brush off this moon bat. Is it just me, or does Mr. Roker seem like he was probably voted "Most Likely To Phone In A Bomb-Threat" in high school?
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