I'm traveling again, for simchas , also to visit kids and grandchildren, laden with gifts etc. Melbourne airport is not bad but, as with every airport, the security lines are interminable. Now they have body scanners. Also random checks for explosive residue. A blessing: unlike the US, you don't have to take you shoes off. That slows things down even more as we fat westerners struggle to get them on and off. But they are really strict about carrying liquids. Anyway.
Every time I'm in these lines I reflect on why we have to do this. Who made it all necessary?
Why can we not carry on board as much as a pair of tweezers, let alone a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman, both of which I have had confiscated in the past? And for a while we all had plastic cutlery until someone came to their senses and realized that you could turn anything into a weapon. Well, of course that was after 9/11, where box cutters were put to lethal use.
Why are we not allowed to send luggage unaccompanied? Why is luggage X-rayed? Lockerbie. And why the shoes? Richard Reid, the shoe bomber. And the body scanner? Well, that's so we don't have to strip down to our undies because of the Nigerian underpants bomber who set himself on fire a few years back. And the liquids? Wasn't there a couple with a baby who were trying to assemble a bomb on board a flight using liquid disguised as baby formula? That just might be the sickest example of all. Lucky most of these people are idiots and got caught. Not so fortunate were those on Pan Am flight 103 in 1988, who were murdered by Libyan terrorists who were themselves not on the flight. Also not so fortunate was the airline itself which went belly-up soon after this atrocity.
And lest we forget the hijackings of the 70's which resulted in locked cockpits and the beginnings of all the security measures.
But what is the one thing these crimes all have in common? Think hard! Right, they were all perpetrated by Muslims. Mostly Arab Muslims. Yep, they weren't Buddhists or Jews or Catholics or Falun Gong or Zoroastrians. Or IRA or ETA or Tamil Tigers. They were of various ethnicities perhaps, and different birthplaces, and at least one was a convert. To Islam, the religion of peace, excuse me while I choke on that lie.
But when it comes to the Middle East reportage, why is it always the Jews who are the meanies and the poor Arab Muslims who are the victims?
Something to think about. Gotta board now.