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Imagine for a moment what would have happened if they had blown up 10 planes.There would be canceled flights, chaos at airports, bans on carry-on luggage, world leaders talking tough new security measures, political posturing and all sorts of false alarms as jittery people panicked.The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act. We're all a little jumpy after the recent arrest of 23 terror suspects in Great Britain.The men were reportedly plotting a liquid-explosive attack on airplanes, and both the press and politicians have been trumpeting the story ever since.Our job is to not panic every time two Muslims stand together checking their watches.There are approximately 1 billion Muslims in the world, a large percentage of them not Arab, and about 320 million Arabs in the Middle East, the overwhelming majority of them not terrorists.
Our politicians help the terrorists every time they use fear as a campaign tactic.It's time we calm down and fight terror with antiterror.This does not mean that we simply roll over and accept terrorism.Our job is to recognize that terrorism is just one of the risks we face, and not a particularly common one at that. EDITED TO ADD (3/29): There have been many more incidents since I wrote this -- all false alarms. Tags: air travel, bombs, false positives, fear, overreactions, profiling, terrorism, TSA, UK Posted on August 24, 2006 at AM • 295 Comments • August 24, 2006 AM Well said. • August 24, 2006 AM Don't forget the incident yesterday in The Netherlands: Northwest airplaine was escorted back to Schiphol by two f16 fighterjets The minister of justice just anounced that it's probably not terrorist related after all. " People actually might die because of travel inconveniences if their local fireman missed his shift, or fail to see their loved one for the last time before they die. • August 24, 2006 AM I think we've crossed a line here.And our job is to fight those politicians who use fear as an excuse to take away our liberties and promote security theater that wastes money and doesn't make us any safer. What all of us should do is send a copy of this to our elected officials and to the press and see if they wake up and smell reality. Is it not perhaps a tad presumptious to speak on behalf of terrorists? • August 24, 2006 AM "Or to equate travel inconveniences with ... Whats to stop terriorists now just getting on flights and acting suspiciously on purpose.