It’s almost verboten in our society to speak of profiling, much less engage in it. Profiling is not Politically Correct, you know. And yet, that’s exactly what we need to be doing where airline safety is concerned. It’s what we should have started doing immediately after 9/11.
Muslim extremists from the Middle East have sworn to kill us. And yet, even knowing this, we insist on being politically correct and carefully not profiling people who match that description at our airports. Instead, we either search and inconvenience everyone equally, or search randomly, regardless of who “random” might end up being — being especially careful not to pay undue attention to Middle Eastern Muslims; we wouldn’t want to offend anyone.
What a bunch of BS. Concentrate on the most likely people! That’s the obvious, logical thing to do. Profiling? Damn straight. And yes, if 60-something Caucasian grandmothers from Oklahoma had threatened to blow up American airplanes, I’d expect to be detained, questioned, and searched every time I went to an airport.
This isn’t a war between nations. It’s not a “war on terror.” It’s not a war of religions. It’s down and dirty police work. Locally, nationally, internationally. We have a partial description of the suspects. We know how they like to operate. Why would we not focus on people who match that description!?