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Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, May 06, 2008 9:53 AM 

Question for my fellow citizens:

When you are at an airline security checkpoint and filling plastic grey boxes with your coat and other clothing  layers, with plastic Ziploc bags full of assorted tubes of lotions and cosmetics, with your laptop, with miscellaneous keys, cellphones, wristwatches, etc., and with--piece de resistance--your shoes, what goes through your mind as you pass through  the metal detector in your stocking feet:

A) So, this is what it's like to be a member of the jet set

B) I wish I had worn better shoes (and socks)

C) Shrug: I guess this is the way life must be in times of "terror"

D) This is dhimmitude, pure and simple

I choose (D), naturally, and tend to fume over it to the point where I need to remind myself to cool it, lest I get pulled out of line by a kindly security guard just doing his job. Jihad chips away at religous freedom (think armed guards at synagogues); it chips away at freedom of speech (think Danish Motoons); it chips away at security (think endless new restrictions  we take as a society, right down to taking our shoes off before embarking on a trip).

I wish such dhimmitude would make us, as a society, more:

E) Outraged.

Complacency, on the other hand, means permanence. I'm certainly not talking about giving security details a hard time; they're obviously doing us all a vital service (even when they confiscate a brand new tube of expensive face cream--I hope). But I sure wish we wouldn start discussing jihad and how it variously manifests itself in the West, so we could devise the means to escape its strangling grasp. Fat chance.






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