So apparently now CAIR wants an exemption for Muslim women wearing Hijabs to be patted down on the neck and head only. So let me get this straight. After 9 years of bitching about being treated differently, they want to be treated differently. You know, all air travelers are being exposed to invasive procedures by TSA, but we should give Muslim women a soft pat down on the head and neck. Literally the only 2 places one cannot hide a bomb (except the nose bomber that was on Pan Am flight 12957 that blew up over northwestern Latvia).
Look, nobody likes being felt up, having nudie photos taken of them, or other such inspections done by TSA employees that have a collective IQ of 12. But air travel remains the quickest form of travel, and therefore the most sought after target for man made disaster doers. Now that's not my fault, but I'll gladly deal with it if it gets me from A to B. I know it's tired and overused, but if you've got nothing to hide, why are you against it? Admittedly the biggest issue is where you draw the line on civil liberties. But ever since radical Muslims weaponized our airline industry, I think we should all agree the line is somewhere past a TSA employee copping a feel.
I like to travel, and as of this post's writing, I can get to LA faster by plane than my 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. But it seems like lately, terrorists don't even want to blow themselves up on our planes. They're just shipping suspicious packages on our flights. What the hell, at least when they were on the plane I could do an ocular pat down and assess the situation. I doubt they'll even let me in the cargo of the plane to sift through other people's luggage. Mark my words, the first time they succeed, the airline industry will be permanently crippled - but according to Mark Penn at least people will like Obama again (kidding, I don't actually think that's what Penn meant).
What's the solution to all this? I don't really know - we're pretty much screwed if they can remotely detonate explosives on airplanes. But I do know how we can combat suspicious people: profiling. We all do it anyway, lord knows Juan Williams does. An its not a racial thing, it's the same feelings everyone has had since 9/11. You may chose to say you don't think that way. But you do. And that's ok. You can't tell if someone is a radical Muslim just by looking at them, so you look at all of them. But I'm not suggesting we stop at profiling Muslims. We should be profiling all strange behavior. If a group of sorority sisters are wearing hooded sweatshirts and frantically checking their watches while sitting in an airport in Ecuador, I think someone should report them.
I know some people probably think that the above is a lie - I really want to just profile Muslims, but if I say all people it sounds better. But it seems like that's really just your bigotry, implying that only Muslims would be suspicious, and no dumb blonde with her father's AMEX would act suspiciously (I apologize for stereotyping all sorority girls as dumb blondes). The truth is people do weird things for perfectly logical reasons all the time. Maybe those sorority sisters were flying from Ecuador on spring break back to Iceland (I'm blindly assuming Iceland is cold all the time, despite what D2: The Mighty Ducks taught me), and that's why they had sweatshirts on. But I'd rather look like an idiot than the alternative.
I suppose all of this could just be fearmongering, but isn't it amazing that it only took 9 years (and let's face it, these sentiments from the left came way before now) for some Americans to become completely desensitized to 9/11? And it's not like we haven't had some friendly reminders along the way. See also: Spain, London, Christmas of '09, Fort Hood, Times Square just to name a few. I don't think the terrorists have forgotten about us.
You remember that quote your coach used to say to you in any sport - I'll paraphrase cause I don't want to look the quote up. Every time you aren't training, someone else out there is. And when you face that person, he will beat you. I feel like the War on Terror is the same thing. Only there are lots of someones holed up in a mountainside of Pakistan with unlimited funds, a crapload of patience, and a lot of weapons. Oh, and "beat" in this context means "kill."