Terror in skies?

A lot is being made in conservative, xenophobic circles about the racist piece, Terror in the Skies, Again? and its follow up. (Yes, despite protests by the author, these pieces are swimming in racism and bigotry.) For those people out there convinced that this was a “dry run,” I have one request to make.

Show me the evidence! Did you miss that? Show me the evidence!

Jacobson doesn’t provide any. All she has is “I was scared of 14 Syrians who knew one another on a flight from Detroit.” That is it. No evidence that they are connected to a terror network. No evidence that they were not the band that they claimed to be. No evidence that they had faulty documentation. No evidence that they had any reason to wish hate upon our country. No evidence at all. Fear is not evidence. I’m afraid that I’m going to answer the phone and learn that a family member has died, but that doesn’t mean that a family member has died.

The fact that they were interrogated by law enforcement and cleared doesn’t apparently matter to this woman. Let’s see, the opinion of a woman who sat whimpering in her seat versus the opinion of law enforcement who actually talked to the people. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to determine who is more credible.

Despite her protests, ethnic profiling is bigoted. Its bigoted because despite the crimes perpetrated by white people, profiling is never argued against them. When a couple of white people from the heartland blew up a federal building killing nearly 200 people, we never heard a peep about how white men should be profiled. When a group of mostly Saudi Arabians attack the US, we don’t hear how Saudi Arabians should be watched, but how Arabs or Muslims should be watched. There is no logic behind it, just fear.

Fear is why we are in this mess to begin with.

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Posted by steve on July 21, 2004 4:04 PM

I agree with everything except the last line “Fear is why we are in this mess to begin with.”. Could you explain?

Posted by Reed on July 21, 2004 4:20 PM

Fear of the US’s presence in the Middle East is what fuels al Qaeda’s anti-US actions.

Posted by Ed Darrell on July 22, 2004 12:38 PM

“Rocket surgeon?” Did you get that from Crankshaft, or is that original?

The Dallas Morning News reprinted the piece completely. It was really quite funny, in a way. I mean, with all the crimes perpetrated by people carrying bags from McDonalds …

Where there’s ketchup, there must be french fries.

Posted by Reed on July 22, 2004 2:11 PM

I believed that I picked up “Rocket surgeon” from the cartoon Cow & Chicken.

Posted by steve on July 22, 2004 10:13 PM

Ah, thanks for the explanation, Reed. I didn’t understand.