Wednesday, July 27, 2005


I travel when I work. When I stay in hotels, while I'm getting ready in the morning, I like to turn on the TV to just kind of have some noise in the room, and to try to catch up on what happened overnight, or at least what happened since I last plugged in. This morning on ABC, Diane Sawyer was fretting about two incidents that happened over the weekend where persons of middle eastern looks caused security incidents, based upon other people around them thinking they 'looked suspicious'. "Is profiling a valid security tool?" she asked, leading into a video of some idiot reporter whining about how we shouldn't profile, and then some supposed expert saying that profiling is just a bad idea.
Now, I'm no criminal justice expert, but it seems that if all the bad guys wore black, it'd be pretty easy. Arrest the people who wear black, game over.
But it's not that easy. Or is it? Let's play a game and see if you can answer the following questions:
Who was responsible for the bombing of the American embassy in Beiruit, killing over 300 Marines in the 80s?
Who was responsible for the bombing of PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland?
Who was responsible for the killing of Israeli athletes at the 72 Munich Olympic games?
Who was responsible for the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship and the brutal murder of a jewish passenger who was such a threat that he had to keep himself in a wheelchair?
Who was responsible for the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania?
Who was responsible for the first attack on the World Trade Center?
Who was responsible for the second attack on the WTC, on 9/11?
Who was responsible for the Madrid bombings?
Who was responsible for the London bombings?

Answer? All islamic men, of middle eastern descent, between the ages of 18 and 35, many of which were travelling under false papers, expired documents, or some other red-flag that if they were questioned, would have told authorities that these persons could be dangerous.

But apparently, profiling won't work, so let's not try it.

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