Two people on a plane to Britain, apparently Asian or Middle Eastern, were taken off the plane because other passengers, racist to the core, thought they were acting “suspiciously.” The two weren’t, and even the Brit version of Homeland Security thought the other passengers to be insane.
The Conservative homeland security spokesman, Patrick Mercer, described the incident as “a victory for terrorists”.
“These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
“For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense.”
Had this happened here in the States, Homeland Security no doubt would have made it a flashing red terror alert and Cheney would have used it as an excuse to attack Democrats.
My question: Were the hysterical racists who delayed the flight questioned? And maybe arrested? If not, why not?
Having vigilante passengers take over planes is a really bad idea. That they were clueless racists scared silly by all the phony terror alerts just makes it even worse. Flying is enough of a pain now with all the security checks, Will we now have to worry about our fellow passengers going berserk with fear too?
Terrorist attacks happen. But we don’t have to live in fear. Nor buy into the diseased crap spread by politicians wanting to exploit terrorism for their own manipulative ends. Could an attack happen here in Los Angeles where I live? Sure. However, what’s the point in living in fear about it? That’s what the racists on the plane were doing. Living in fear. Fear clouds your judgment and then you do stupid things, just like they did. If you stay out of the fear, then your ability to cope and deal with situations increases dramatically.
“Paranoia strikes deep/ into your life it will creep/ it starts when you’re always afraid…”