When I first heard the story of a groupf of Syrian men on a flight I was skeptical about the story. It seems highly unlikely that a flight attendant would inform a passenger of the presence of air marshalls on a flight. However, it appears as though at least the basic story is true which is very worrying. The fact that a possible terrorist was just arrested in the MSP airport only adds to my suspicions. I’m not the paranoid type, but I’d guess that something is going on with all the terrorist chatter flying about. Is it something we should be worried about? Possibly. Is it something we should be aware of? You damn well better believe it – the best defense against terrorism is awareness.
If something should happen, I agree with James Lileks:
I tell you, something like this happens on a big scale â€“ lots of planes dropping out of the sky, half the country is going to ask for detention camps. All because we didn’t dare delay or inconvenience self-professed bands of Syrian “musicians” because it might suggest we were (gasp) dispositionally suspicious of a dozen Syrians clutching violin cases. Is profiling a good idea? Read the piece, put yourself on that plane before you answer the question.
I especially agree with this:
I hate this; God I hate this. But I donâ€™t have any longing for normalcy, as Noonan put it the other day, because normalcy was a delusion, a diaphanous curtain draped over the statue of Mars. Nor do I want a time out, a breather, an operational pause. I want to cut to the chase. I want Iran in the hands of its people and leaning to the West again, I want Lebanon independent of Syrian rule, I want Syria isolated and cowed, Arafat dead and buried in the land of his birth â€“ or Paris, symbolically â€“ and the Saudi Civil War done and over with pragmatists in power. I’d like this all tomorrow please.
That’s my sentiment exactly. I’m sick to death of all this bullshit about how we shouldn’t be offending the rest of the world. We’re in the crosshairs of a group of madmen with a hard-one for the Dark Ages and a desire to kill all those who don’t embrace shari’a. We sure as hell don’t need to be pussyfooting around.
There is absolutely no substitute for victory in this war. The Islamofascists are not only just like the Nazis, they’re worse. The Nazis couldn’t nuke New York or Washington. Why this country wants to continue to live in ignorance of this war is beyond me – but there may be a point where such illusions can no longer be maintained. I just hope that point isn’t when we’re pulling more bodies out of the rubble of collapsed buildings.