Monday, July 19, 2004
Well, Annie has written a follow-up piece. Read it, and henceforth keep your eyes peeled.
Given the high quality of Syrian exports, and given that Syria has until recently gotten a free pass in the terrorism game (having just come under highly restrictive U.S. sanctions), it would seem there's a good argument that 14 Syrian men on a Detroit to L.A. flight are worth some scrutiny at a minimum and constitute probable cause at a maximum. What were they doing in Detroit? Auditioning for Motown? Showing Ford how to build a better car? Unless of course, this suspicious behavior is purely designed to be terror in and of itself, that the threat of 9/11 recurring is enough to scare the heck out of the average American air traveler. Let's hope that's all these Syrians were trying to "accomplish".
And then let's hope that they and those on missions like these focus on their real problems -- that their own governments, and not the West, are the great Satan, are the ones who are oppressing the hell out of them and are the ones offering them no good opportunities to advance their lives. When they wake up and figure that out, they'll reform their own countries (and purge the governments who have been exploiting them and turning them into haters), and the world has a chance of becoming a better place.