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Submitted by Yonason (United States), Apr 11, 2003 at 11:49

I think the "100 bin Ladins" is a gross overestimate, but I do think a few will trickle out. And so, we must still be as vigilant as ever.

We must take every precaution, including "profiling." There's nothing wrong with it. If witnesses describe a perpetrator as a six foot tall smooth shaven white man, you don't arrest a four foot tall black man with a foot long beard. "Profiling" is nothing more than narrowing the search to the most likely suspects.

And as to not "violating the sanctity of a mosque," by searching suspected terrorist hideouts, a complaint voiced by many terrorist sympathizers and their dupes, I offer the following news item:

In the city of Najaf, in one of the "holiest" (sic) shrines of Islam,

"...a crowd rushed two Islamic clerics and hacked them to death..."
"PEOPLE ATTACKED and killed both of them inside the mosque," said Ali Assayid Haider,"

All we want to do is the occasional reasonable search, based on solid leads, for our own protection. We do not commit murder and mayhem, let alone in mosques, churches or synagogues.

As to the abatement of Arab anger in the face of our good will, it might be a reasonable presumption if the Arab news services would stop lying to their people about us. Until they do, however, that is merely an untested hypothesis.

It seems that nearly every Arab country has been building up Arab expectations of an American defeat. Now they are all depressed because they’ve found out we’re winning. It is truly pathetic that they have no fellow feeling for their Iraqi "brothers," who have been freed from a tyrant. All they feel is humiliation at the violation of...something or other. Basically, they didn’t get things their way; now they want to go into a murderous rage?

How can we "win the hearts and minds" of the Arabs, if their press lies to them about the good we do? It is impossible! If anyone wants to see what they say, there are plenty of Arab newspapers on line in English. Take a sample, especially of their editorials, if you can stomach it. They are a mixture of varying amounts of fact, fantasy and paranoid delusion.

The more I learn, the less I wonder how Arab countries are breeding grounds for terrorists. I like to think that eventually they will join the civilized world, but I have no idea how long it will take. Until then, we need to remain on our guard.

Of course, that would be a lot easier, if our press didn't so often parrot their distortions. We can't be leading the way if we are following those who are lost.
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