Keep it random” is the motto of the madmen who run the Transportation Security Administration. “Unpredictability,” says the TSA’s website, is key to securing (or is it tormenting) the traveling public. One moment an inspector may be lifting La Prairie face toner from well-to-do matrons; the next she’ll be stealing anti-acne lotion from teenagers, or grabbing Gerber juice bottles from chubby cherubs. As one of Chertoff’s chicks told MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson, the terrorists are changing their methods all the time, and so must we.
Sounds more like a headless and very malevolent chicken (although to be fair to fowl, they’re too stupid to harbor complex emotions).
It is debatable whether terrorists are morphing their MO that fast. There may be “50 ways to leave your lover,” but only so many ways to kill a large number of infidels. We know for sure that box cutters are obsolete. We saw to that. But are “liquid bombs” that new? The twenty four young Muslim men of Pakistani origin, recently arrested in connection with a transatlantic flight bomb plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners, were following a trail blazed by the Bojinka conspirators—Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed—in 1994.
Our caretakers can quibble as to whether the terrorists are in the TATP (triacetone triperoxide) or nitroglycerin phase; whether they plan on using a watch, ordinary batteries, and a contact lens solution case, as Yousef and Mohammed intended; or if they’ll go back to box cutters, once these are unbanned by the shifty, ever-shifting Department of Homeland Security.
But there is a constant among these allegedly fluctuating variables: the religion, ethnicity, and origins of the putative perpetrators.
Compiling a composite of the criminals most likely to hijack an airline or blow up a building isn’t hard. Try as they may to confuse our congenitally compromised caretakers, the terrorists have seemingly been unable to recruit to their cause people with first names like Eric or Olaf and surnames like Edwards or Christensen.
The menace faced is invariably from “young Muslim men of North African, Middle Eastern and South Asian origin.”
Make no mistake, there are many things native Swedes will do for the eternally “disaffected” Muslims among them. They’ll build them mosques and imposing minarets all over Malmo. They’ll institute savage laws that outlaw forms of expression offensive to them. They’ll authorize state grants to hate-promoting Islamic organizations. In Italy, they’ve even contemplated allowing limited female infibulation, under surgical conditions, naturally. And Canadians have considered spicing up family law with Sharia.
But as committed as they are to pleasing and appeasing Muslims, there have been woefully few—or no—native Swedes, Italians, or Canadians willing to commit Jihad for the anguished Muslims in their midst.
Still, officials keep telling the believing “Boobus Americanus” that safety lies in pretending everyone is equally weighted in his propensity to blow up an airplane. If we were on the lookout for an abortion clinic saboteur, would we be patting down Islamists, or Southern Baptist survivalists? In every other whodunit, behavioral scientists attempt to construct a criminal profile of the suspect. In the case of Islamic terrorism, however, the state won’t even use the compelling evidence it has.
Regnant Muslim organizations aren’t helping. Mention the no-brainer about Muslims proportionately committing more suicide bombings than non-Muslims, and they toss the Tamil Tigers at you.
First of all, some Tamils are Muslim. Last I looked, moreover, they were engaged in a local conflict in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, and as writer Avi Dov Klein has stated, “The Tamils are obvious outliers—and even … they didn’t start using suicide bombers until after a number of them returned from training in Lebanon. Every single other suicide attack since 1980 was committed by a Muslim. Since September 11, this has included bombings by Kashmiris, Chechens, Palestinians, Afghanis, Saudis, and Iraqis.”
If young Jews were as well-represented among suicide bombers and airline hijackers as Muslims are, I’d want the TSA’s canine teams to sniff them out instead of being sicced on Joe Scarborough’s baby girl. Remember Adam Yahiye Gadahn of Al-Qaida, Pakistan? He turned out to be a Pearlman from California. Had Gadahn, aka Pearlman, represented the tip of a Jewish Jihadist iceberg, I’d recommend that young Jews be frisked. So far, this (partly) Jewish John Walker Lindh has proven to be an extreme exception to the rule, like the Tamils.
London, Madrid, Casablanca, Riyadh, and Bali—one only need look at the offenders implicated in these acts of terrorism to know the perps have a profile. It’s true that to question innocent travelers because they fit a profile is not a nice thing to have to do. But to purposefully harass those who most definitely don’t fit the profile is positively wicked.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether” tells of inmates in an asylum who overpower their wardens, tar and feather them, throw them into underground cells, and proceed to have “a jolly season of it” without them. What are we waiting for?
©2006 By Ilana Mercer