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Dont go too far

Reader comment on item: To Profile or Not to Profile? [The Abdullah al-Kidd Case]

Submitted by john (United States), Sep 26, 2004 at 17:38

... There are two steps towards winning the war against Islamists. One is to wrestle the support of the Western world against Islamists. Only then could we hope to move on to the second step and win the support of Muslims against the bigots waging these brutal terrorist campaigns. CAIR is much more politically sophisticated than you. They are campaigning to win western support while you are ignoring this vital front.

I agree that profiling is a necessary evil. There is no other way to stop terrorists from entering our country. Take for example the tactics police use to detect suburban marijuana growers. Many US police departments will investigate any household that has unusually large consumption of electricity. This tactic has lead to many arrests. To detect Muslim terrorists it is only natural that we screen militant Muslims who enter this country.

However, it is important that we must not adopt the hatefulness of our adversaries. They thrive in a climate of hate so we must treat critics of profiling like we would treat children who dont understand why they have to submit to a vacination or go to school. They are clinging to unrational ideas. We must lovingly show them the way. The hatefulness of Muslim militants and left-wing radicals will give them away.
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