Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Did Someone Say 'Racial Profiling' ?

Honestly, you need a scorecard to keep up with these people. Liberals have backflipped again. Having spent the last four years claiming that critics of Islam are just racists seeking out any excuse to persecute dark-skinned folks, the Left have belatedly discovered that Islam is a religion not a race. What could have happened ?

Yes, indeed. Someone must have mentioned racial profiling. Hence the sudden flood of L3 pointing out that the Ummah includes members of every racial group imaginable. When we said that, it was just a slippery evasion, but now Liberals are screaming it at the top of their lungs. Or at least they would be, except they’re all tied up in Liverpool, protesting the fact that officers investigating the death of Anthony Walker haven’t interviewed any 80 year-old grandmothers, Djibril Cisse or the staff of the Forbidden City takeaway.

No, not really.

What really is a slippery evasion is the phrase ‘racial profiling’ itself: no one is talking about using race as a single factor and more to the point, that isn’t what the Left is really objecting to anyway. No one is suggesting that the security forces concentrate their efforts on Druze Arabs, Persian Zoroastrians or Sudanese animists. No – the real debate is about concentrating effort on followers of the ideology which gave the world 9-11, Beslan, Bali, Madrid and London. One ideology was responsible for all these incidents, and many more, but the Left would rather you didn’t mention it. After all – you wouldn’t want to upset the ‘slims – they might do something crazy.

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