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A Muslim MP, Khalid 'Gnasher' Mahmood, thinks it's perfectly fair and reasonable to single out Muslims for special attention at airport checks. Not surprisingly, many Muslims disagree and perhaps surprisingly, so do I.
Not because of some oversensitive loony 'racism' nonsense. Not because it might cause all those Muslims to rise up and be awfully inconvenient until they realise that there are two million of them and 58 million non-Muslims in this country, and that 'rising up' might not be such a good idea after all. Not out of any sense of fairness or equality but for one simple, logical reason.
It will make it far, far easier for a suicide bomber to get past security.
Islam is not a race, despite Righteous pronouncements to the contrary. Profiling that selects Muslims is therefore not racism. It's also not possible. You might as well profile on the basis of people who shop at Tesco. You can't tell who they are by looking at them and you can't tell someone's religion by looking at them unless they are wearing religious artefacts or clothing.
Pakistan is a Muslim country so most Pakistanis are Muslim, but not all. Most of those of Arabian/Persian stock are Muslim, but not all. Indians tend not to be Muslim but some are. Chinese Muslims exist, as do black Muslims, and also white ones with Home Counties English accents. So who are you selecting here? What are the criteria?
If a mad Islamist lunatic wants to blow up a plane, he's hardly going to turn up in full Islamic dress shouting 'Allahu Akbar', now is he? He's going to turn up in a pinstripe suit with a laptop in a briefcase because the profilers will wave him through. He might even choose to wear overt religious symbolism, perhaps a cross, or maybe a Sikh turban, or as Massoud Shadjareh, the chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (oh, I have to resist a serious digression here) suggests, as an orthodox Jew. Nobody is going to suspect someone dressed as an orthodox Jew of being an Islamic bomber in disguise. It's about as unlikely as it gets.
Profiling can only work if based on race but Islam is not a race. Profiling will select Pakistani or African Muslims. The lunatic fringe that is radical Islam will simply enlist a Chinese or white sad loner with no future as their next vehicle of destruction. He'll be dressed as a member of a different religion and the profilers will wave him through with no more than a cursory inspection.
That's why I think profiling is a bad idea. It'll make it easier for the bombers, not harder.
Besides, even when the bomber's own father reports him to the authorities, they take no notice. It's almost as if they want them to succeed. But then, that would be absurd.