Eugene Robinson: Why Granny Gets Groped
Robinson cites Yemeni terrorists' recent attempt to hide explosives in inkjet cartridges that were loaded into a UPS cargo plane as a sure indication of superior cleverness. Hence, as Robinson's logic goes, the need for TSA to drag over some frail, rosy-cheeked old lady for a little frisking plus.
But those Yemeni terrorists aren't so clever after all, considering that their inkjet cartridge caper was detected and thwarted. Getting some shmuck to masquerade as grandma and onto a commercial airliner is no mean trick, either. If it were simple enough for evil but not stupid terrorists - as Robison fancies the bad guys - to get on planes dressed as IBM sales reps, red-haired kids, and gray-haired grannies, then why haven't they done so long before Uncle Sam started enhanced security measures at airports?
Robinson's real concern is that an America seething with racism will resort to a far more sensible program of profiling, rather than the grope-a-rama happening at airports now. Even the sort of criminal profiling that the Israelis use effectively is, presumably, off-limits to Robinson.
But as troublesome as profiling may be to Robinson, the terrorists trying to destroy America overwhelmingly fit a pretty narrow profile - and that profile encompasses much more than skin color. The sophisticated profiling undertaken by the Israelis deserves more than the short shrift it gets from Robinson and his ilk.
For the liberal Eugene Robinson, profiling is out and groping in the name of fairness, equality, and togetherness are in. So, if granny has to drop her draws or hike her skirt at airport security checkpoints, that's the price to be paid for Perfect Worldness. Kumbaya!