Did My Car Join Al Qaeda. Ed. Woody Hochswender. New York: 2009
Millie A. Davis
DISCUSSION BOARD 1
After reading Woody Hochswender’s essay, “Did My Car Join Al Qaeda?”I found his argument on the misuse of gas while driving SUV’s to be very persuasive. Hochswender states,” Yes, there is something vaguely obscene about driving to the supermarket in Beverly Hills to pick up a carton of milk in your two-ton Navigator “(155). Cleary, Hochswender agrees that SUV’s are not luxury vehicles and shouldn’t be used as often and carelessly as they are. When I think back on all the times I drove my GMC Jimmy around as a teenager and how often I ran out of gas, I frown down on myself thinking of all the gas and money I could have saved.
I feel that living in today’s time, we should be more cautious on the miles we drive and not necessarily the vehicles we own. Hochswender argues safety; driver’s controllability and responsibility play a greater role then a well-publicized notion that SUV’s are actually unsafe (155). Although, SUV’s and trucks maybe over used, if you drive safely and plan your travel wisely you will be more economically efficient.
The correlation between Al Qaeda and SUV’s is disparaging preposterous! Given, there may be a link between Al Qaeda, SUV’s, cars and trucks. Who is to say the countries producing these vehicles are supporters of Al Qaeda or if these countries are impartial to Al Qaeda. I don’t know about you, but the last time I inquired about a vehicle it was safety first, then miles per gallon. Never did a question or concern about Al Qaeda cross my mind.