2009 December 27 Sunday
Political Correctness Plus Terrorism Makes Inconvenience

So some Nigerian Muslim tries to bring down an international flight headed for the United States and the US government imposes lots of inconveniences in place of rational profiling.

“Among other things,” the statement on Air Canada’s Web site read, “during the final hour of flight customers must remain seated, will not be allowed to access carry-on baggage, or have personal belongings or other items on their laps.”

To an old person with bladder problems that last hour plus additional time taxiing and waiting to deplane can be quite difficult. Plus, the lavatories will face even more competition for their use during their shorter available time for use. Makes one want to take a train or drive or just stay home.

The suspect in the Friday attempt, identified as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, tried to ignite his incendiary device in the final hour of the flight while the plane was descending into Detroit.

Very few people on US domestic flights will have names or accents anywhere remotely like Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Most aren't in the right age bracket. Few are of the right religion. You can walk thru most flights, look at the people on them, and confidently pronounce "no terrorists here". But of course doing that amounts to profiling and profiling is verboten to our politically correct liberal weltanschauung. So millions of passengers will be unnecessarily inconvenienced. Makes me want to take a train.

Such is life in the latter years of the declining empire.

Update: America's Secretary for Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, proudly proclaimed that the security system worked because passengers stopped yet another airplane bomber. Never mind what the security people did or did not do. Passengers are part of the system. They did their job and so nothing is wrong with the system. Glad we cleared that one up.

"Once this incident occurred, the system worked," Napolitano told ABC's "This Week in Washington," adding that the public is safe. U.S. and Dutch authorities are investigating, she said, but "have no suggestion" that screening was not properly done at Schipol. "You can't rely on just one part of your security system," she said. "You have to look at the system as a whole."

You can't rely on religious, national, age, sex, and ethnic profiling to identify people to search as they pass thru security. You must rely on passengers to tackle other passengers when the guy sitting next to you whips out a bomb. The "system as a whole" hassles everyone going thru security screenings in order to get everyone on the mood to watch their fellow passengers for the first move by someone to blow up a bomb. Of course that bomb carrier might just as easily be a blue-haired lady from Des Moines. So be sure in the interest of fairness to watch everyone.

Life isn't always fair though. If you show the level of vigilance necessary be ready for some unfair treatment. Ivana Trump tried to stop a terrorist threat and got removed from a flight for her trouble. Those kids could have been hatching a terrorist plot. I must say the treatment that Ivana got seems unfair. Clearly she's got the spirit of volunteerism when it comes to stopping unruly passenger behavior.

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Police say Ivana Trump has been escorted off a plane in Florida after she became belligerent when children were running and screaming in the aisles.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 December 27 04:44 PM  Cultural Wars Western


Comments
noo-neu mowse said at December 27, 2009 5:21 PM:

The reason our Muslims are better-integrated, less-alienated, and less prone to terrorism than those in Europe is that we have a strong cultural norm of treating everyone alike.

If this means less old people with bladder problems on flights, then that's just a bonus!

James Bowery said at December 28, 2009 8:00 AM:

People, like noo-neu, who are insistent that "diversity" means getting the every piece of the world to "look like the world" should all be put into a Superconducting Super Osterizer (SSO) running at "whip".

Truth(er) said at December 28, 2009 8:46 AM:

I don't see why any of this is a problem. The vast majority of people who were flying into Detroit were probably all liberals and democrats anyway, or at least foreign political tourists with a heavy love for Obama. Who cares if the lot of them go down due to an act of terror? What exactly is the loss here? People like noo-neu are the ones you are most likely to find on these flights anyway.

noo-neu mowse said at December 28, 2009 7:10 PM:

James Bowery's response to my comment was puerile and contemptible.

My first sentence made a causal claim about what kind of policies lessen terrorism.

Bowery didn't address that; he just expressed his disdain.

Gorilla said at December 29, 2009 10:21 AM:

Treating everyone alike isn't diversity/multiculturalism, it's the opposite. That's why Muslims in the US are so much more well adjusted than those in the Netherlands, Denmark, and France. "Truth(er)" is exactly the kind of paranoid whackjob who's going to drag the anti-PC/diversity side into long term unelectability, and is a few degrees away from becoming a (domestic) terrorist threat himself.

Truth(er) said at December 29, 2009 12:12 PM:

"Treating everyone alike isn't diversity/multiculturalism, it's the opposite. That's why Muslims in the US are so much more well adjusted than those in the Netherlands, Denmark, and France. "Truth(er)" is exactly the kind of paranoid whackjob who's going to drag the anti-PC/diversity side into long term unelectability, and is a few degrees away from becoming a (domestic) terrorist threat himself."

What you fail to understand is that radically different people cannot be treated the same under the same laws. Being "more well-adjusted" compared to their European counterparts is not a standard. That is simply not good enough.

I don't have to do anything. I just have to wait until the liberal defense of the indefensible results in a mushroom cloud over New York City. Then everyone will think like me.

no i don't said at December 29, 2009 1:26 PM:

Governments should stop threatening citizens -whether American, French, Iraqi, Catholic, Muslim, Indian, Mexican, Gay, etc- .

Randall Parker said at December 29, 2009 4:13 PM:

no i don't,

You seemed to have missed the point that the terrorists are threatening people, not governments.

Herstal said at December 29, 2009 7:50 PM:

The reason our Muslims are better-integrated, less-alienated, and less prone to terrorism than those in Europe is that we have a strong cultural norm of treating everyone alike.

Hasan, I agree!

contraculture said at December 30, 2009 6:30 PM:

Let's not forget the way in which Britain's political correctness prevents an open discussion of radical Islam, and allows mosques to be used as instruments for terrorist recruitment. Europe's left intellectuals need to wake up and smell the coffee simmering under their noses. This is not the first time an Islamic terrorist has had ideological roots in London.


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