TWA being Travelling While Asian of course. It isn’t surprising to find some journalists trying to imply that the two Asian men who got pulled off the plane from Malaga did it deliberately. After all, who really wants to go along with the narrative that some of those passengers may have been paranoid racist. They were wearing heavy clothes! And now they’re being paid for TV appearances! Guilty! And now this:
The Dutch ambassador to India has expressed regret for the arrest of 12 passengers whose India-bound plane was diverted to Amsterdam after their behavior triggered fears of a hijacking, a government minister said on Friday.
The 12 men, all Muslims, were, however, cleared of any wrongdoing and released and their families said they were victims of racial discrimination. The men were arrested on Wednesday from a U.S. Northwest Airlines flight that was turned back to Amsterdam after they apparently behaved suspiciously. [via SM]
Readers, who presumably call themselves progressive, tell us how all this is to be expected and will improve conditions and castigate us for ‘racial snobbery’ over the Malaga incident. How amusing. A few points.
1) Where is the evidence racial profiling will work? Examples of El Al or football hooligans don’t work folks. It has never worked in relation to young black youth. Funny that Joseph Harker was castigated for profiling a few months ago but now apparently it’s ok.
2) Islam is not a race. Thus racial profiling will not work. So far it has led to two young guys, airline pilots, whole families and 12 men being taken off, all out of paranoia. I’m happy to ramp up airport security but not about mob rule.
3) All this does is create even more antagonism through police harassment. No doubt Ruth Kelly will then unveil another commission to promote cohesion while giving a green light to racial profiling.
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