Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Specifics, please.

At the Detached Observer, Alex points to a few articles, which make him "fairly happy" to be a Democrat. I was disappointed that he didn't provide any commentary or point to specific points in the articles, but I did find some of the pieces to be of interest.

Daniel Pipes:

For years, it has been my position that the threat of radical Islam implies an imperative to focus security measures on Muslims. If searching for rapists, one looks only at the male population. Similarly, if searching for Islamists (adherents of radical Islam), one looks at the Muslim population.

Hard to disagree with this point, so I'll move on to a quotation from Michelle Malkin regarding Japanese internment during WWII:

[I]n time of war, "the survival of the nation comes first." From there, she draws the corollary that "Civil liberties are not sacrosanct."

I'm having trouble coming up with an argument against this one too. What good are civil liberties when your nation has been destroyed?

He closes with this:

She correctly concludes that, especially in time of war, governments should take into account nationality, ethnicity, and religious affiliation in their homeland security policies and engage in what she calls "threat profiling." These steps may entail bothersome or offensive measures but, she argues, they are preferable to "being incinerated at your office desk by a flaming hijacked plane."

Thankfully, we are not yet at a point in this war on Islamofacism to justify actions like the government took with regard to Japanese citizens during WWII. I don't know enough about those events to decide whether or not they were justified, but apparently our countries leaders thought that the threat against our nation was clear and present.

I hope that we'll never reach that point again, but even now certain forms of "threat profiling" are definitely justified. Not all Muslims are Islamofacists, but all Islamofacists are Muslims.

That's just the first article Alex pointed out. I'll try to get to some more of them later.