Alpine Summit

Friday, July 22, 2005

Terrorism is No Big Thing

No, terrorism isn't one big thing. It's a lot of little things. I got a link to a list of terrorist acts since 1972(Part 1, Part 2)- the Munich olympics are missing (I may have missed it) but this is the nature of terrorism as the Anchoress says. Many small attacks... it nips and takes small bites out of society until its spirit is crushed. Terrorism is a threat. Most terrorist attacks are by Arab Muslim males between the ages of 18 and 45.

That's why reading this today made me angry(Via Right-Thinking). They're going to start randomly searching people's bags in New York before they can get on the subway. This will hopefully curb terrorist opportunities to bomb our own subways as they have in Great Britain.

"No racial profiling will be allowed," Mr. Kelly said. "It's against our policies. But it will be a systematized approach."

He added, "We'll give some very specific and detailed instructions to our officers on how to do it in accordance with our laws and the Constitution."

Despite the police commissioner's assurances, the new policy raised concerns about the prospect of unreasonable searches.

"The police can and should be aggressively investigating anyone they suspect is trying to bring explosives into the subway," said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director at the New York Civil Liberties Union. "However, random police searches of people without any suspicion of wrongdoing are contrary to our most basic constitutional values. This is a very troubling announcement."

"We're going to make sure that the percentage of Arabs searched is in sync with our laws on affirmative action percentages. " That's what I just read. This isn't a job interview! This is looking for people who are trying to kill us! I don't understand it. Israelis have not had a hijacking on their airlines for decades. Why? Because they have always made sure to check out the Arab Muslim males from 18 to 45. It works, and it isn't violating people's rights- it's protecting America. What will it take for people to wake up to what's going on with these people?

Victor Davis Hanson has a great take on how we in the west have viewed terrorism since 1947. Quite interesting considering people are still thinking like this. He has a lot of good stuff to say each week.