edited: Wednesday, August 16, 2006
By E T Waldron
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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racial profiling screening on airlines
Scanning the news this morning to get the latest,I heard a few of the pro/con guests on different shows and two of them got my attention. Shouting
their views at each other was a bit distracting from getting the most out of it, but the gist of it was about
In this instance about targeting muslims getting on planes,since they seem to be the only ones that are consitently creating terror and havoc by using planes as in 9/11,or in mass terror as in the plot that was foiled in the UK last week.
This is a complex situation we are facing ,and there is legitimate questions on both sides. It is a time for calm dialogue to explore all aspects and not the kind of quick emotinal biased words that come from ones own agenda. Uncontrolled shouting and anger isn't going to help anything.
We certainly should put more effort into how we screen passengers, and it is reasonable to be suspicious of Arabic type people. As sad as that fact is, it is more sad to use political correctness and allow a possible catastrophe like that which was planned, and foiled, thank God, and all who were alert enough to stop it.
It is established fact that Al Qaeda has been recruiting non-arabic people for this very reason. The story of the non arabic family from the UK who was going to use their baby for carry on explosives is frightening.
So what is the answer? As I write this, a plane from the UK landed in Boston Mass. instead of continuing to Washington , because of a woman who was found to have items that were restricted and should have been
found when screened at Heathrow Airport. The whole story isn't in yet,but they are now saying the report so far is not accurate,she was just claustrophobic. So this will be an all day media puzzle of just what went down!
So we can see how unsettling and confusing things are at present,not only concern over being blown to bits, but the terrorists are also achieving disruption without having to do much of anything except plant suspicion in our heads.
So once again the question, what are we going to do about it? I'm not in any position to tell anyone how to run the show. But I do have an opinion that I feel it's my right to give.
First of all the public should know (if they aren't all fools) that authorities can't keep everyone safe, all the time.It just isn't possible. If you choose to travel by air you should be prepared for anything. No one can keep us totally safe from terrorists . Somewhere someone will be successful with their plan. That's just a plain fact.
The terrorists know this and just keep planning for their next attempt.
So if you must use the airlines, keep in mind that you are at risk. Also, help yourself by knowing and following all of the do's and dont's especially about what luggage you can take on board. You should also know the waiting time and all the rest of the setbacks in air travel is not something that whining about will help It's best to prepare your attitude for the experience and be as calm as you can, and most especially face the truth.
As for the screening, I think we need to be extra careful with the Arab population and if that bothers other people, that's too bad. I doubt the Arab population would protest if, say (Italians for example) were using terror on aeroplanes and therefore being screened more carefully than others. It is foolish to deny truth just because some politically correct people object to it!
It all comes down to using reason. We can't expect to have our nation, and its leaders continuously held to ridicule by the media, fostering confusion and chaos by voicing their own opinions according to their own agenda,which thereby distorts the truth of any given situation they report.
It is up to us to sift out truth by finding several sources of news and views of others we rely upon for accuracy.
Not just to believe any reporter who happens to be speaking at the time.
We are in the most precarious time our world has ever faced. It's like fighting a world of shadows, never knowing who is coming at you. With terrorists there is no army or homeland to attack. Just people using any method they can devise to attack us and other people the world over, who have different views than theirs.
It is time to use common sense, to try to seek peace and harmony wherever it can be found, and to spread it among ourselves. But also,to be realistic and speak truth. We know who the enemy is and all peace loving people must unite shed our differences, and to defend ourselves against the terrorists as best we can.
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|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|It may recquire uncommon sense.
In the meantime, I encurage everyone to talk to their muslim neighbors. Understanding comes from similar ideas. I've found my Palistinian and Pakistani friends have more in common than difdferences.
|Reviewed by John Martin
|Ts a dilemma indeed. Who is the enemy and how will we know him when we see him. Is that a dog or wolf? Is that a sheep or a wolf in sheeps clothing? The wolf is indeed sly and deadly and if the shepherd stops asking those questions, then some of the sheep, and
perhaps the shepherd himself are going to die.
|Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks
|Ya' know, I can't help but stop and wonder, Where is all that 'tough-hide' we proclaim to have? So we're stopped for a safety reason...soooo? How many of the same people (I'm referring to individuals) get stopped over and over again? Racial Profiling is a label...just that; conveniently used for selling news! If, for safety sake, people would be questioning all red-heads for some misdead...sheesh! I'd know I would be stopped, and, being innocent, would appreciate that the wrongful red-head would soon be caught! I've noticed that police don't look for drunk drivers leaving a library so much as they do those leaving a bar! Reality Check...
OK, just my opinion. Your artical, a good one Eileen, raises many points.
|Reviewed by Helen Downey
|Sometimes the truth is hard to come by...it seems easy but in reality it is the farthest thing to do. Enjoyed your article ET.|
|Reviewed by Edwin Larson
|Good article Eileen and Elizabeth is right on the money. As for the comment by "Dove", there are two sides of the insanity coin...those who preach they are prayin' for the end and waiting for their saviour and those who are warring toward the end waiting for theirs...both sides are nuts to say the least.|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|A conscientious article, Eileen. Australia has the best solution of all. They've tossed PC out the window. Dr. Joseph Juliano has a quote by Australian authorities on his blog.
|Reviewed by robert millette
|here is a scary thought. What would happen if the G-12 decided that the only true way to eliminate terrorism would be to do away with the currency system on a world wide scale. That from there on, No one would be able to buy or sell anything with currency. That all transactions must be done with credit cards. Just think of the possibilities of virtually all crime being eliminated because "Big Brother" would be watching every transaction.
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave to recieve the mark..... ......And that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark.....
It, sadly, will be a prophesy fulfilled. And there is no point in pointing fingers or laying blame in a fulfilled prophecy.
|Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp (Reader)
|Gee wiz..This is a rather touchy subject..I think I will be politicaly correct and say, can't we all just get along???
Peace & Love, Dove
|Reviewed by ronald genise
|Makes no difference if right or wrong
Stip search us all!!!!!
|Reviewed by RM Green
|I just believe, in the interest of safety and fairness for all, I will give up a little bit of personal freedom to ensure that ALL are treated the same way and keep us from harm. My Mom prefers not to be screened, but for a totally different reason - she has had back surgery and she sets off all kinds of alarms using the airports. BUt she DOES sunject herself to them because - you guessed it - she has nothing to hide!
I had to chuckle at Peter's remark - that would be one way to solve things! But it is unfair to the vast majority of Arabic people in this country who just want to live like everybody else.
I LOVE your commentary, ET - very thought-provoking stuff!
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|I think Carmel is right...those who prefer not to be screened have a hidden agenda...for sure!!
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
I believe Segregation is the only answer now...
Put all the Arabs on the one plane...From Now On !
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|I see what you mean by being on the same page today, we sure are. I disagree, however, about this being a complex situation we are facing. Yes, the Islamic fascists are beginning to recruit non-Arabic people, but the most likely culprits still are those with Middle Eastern roots. I am frankly worried to hell and back that we are about to let this PC crap go too far and when that happens, it's all over for the country we grew up in. Good article, Eileen.|