I ran across an article that I found very interesting from a moral stand-point. The reason being that as I read it, I found myself viewing both sides of the story equally. They were both right.
The basic details are that an Arab-Jewish Housewife and two Indian strangers seated in her row, were handcuffed and later strip searched following a flight to Ohio from Colorado. Click here to read the article.
As it turns out, the Housewife (her name is Shoshana Hebshi) is also a Blogger and she wrote a blog detailing her experience.
Oh, and here’s the kicker. This went down on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. That’s right, on Sept 11, 2011.
That brings me to why I’m on the fence.
On one hand, I think what happened to Shoshana and the other two gentlemen were horrible. I especially found the fact that no one would tell her what was going on disgusting. All that did was add more stress to an already stressful situation. The fact that she was so innocent that she was literally clueless as to why the plane was even delayed makes everything that happened after she was taken off that much worse. My heart really does go out to Shosana and the other gentlemen.
On the other hand, those 19 bastards who boarded those planes ten years ago probably looked like regular people as well. And they weren’t so innocent.
Not comparing those 19 in 2001 to the three in 2011, but my point is….we’re a little edgy.
Unfortunately no one can look at you and tell if you’re gonna hijack or blow up a plane. I suppose that’s Shoshana’s point as she pointed out that she went through this nightmare simply because of how she looks. A valid point.
But that also means that no one can tell apart the person who actually will hijack or blow up a plane. They don’t wear signs letting us know. There’s no cloud over their head with their thoughts inside.
Shoshana begins her blog with the following:
“…..and though security might be ratcheted up, we’d all feel safer knowing we had come a long way since that dreadful Tuesday morning 10 years ago”
Pretty ironic. Why do you feel safer? How have we come a long way in the past 10 years?
Because we’re in a “heightened state of awareness”. If you found someone doing anything suspicious regardless of race you would say something. Especially now (and even more so on Sept 11 of any year). Take no chances. But what if that person was an innocent soccer mom and her suspicious actions were severely misconstrued? Sure you would feel bad, but wouldn’t you think better safe than sorry?
As horrible as Shoshana’s experience was, ten years from now, no one is going to commemorate the 10th anniversary of this experience. The then president won’t show up to that airport and say a few words to her family and friends. There will be no pictures or video commemorating the horribly hurt feelings of the three people detained and embarrassed.
Not trying to sound like an insensitive jerk. But when you live through something of the magnitude of 9/11, a few hurt feelings in the years to follow is a small price to pay for safety. Shoshana’s words:
“All I know, is I probably won’t be flying again on Sept. 11”
She PROBABLY won’t be flying again on Sept 11. Even that’s not a definite. But there were nearly 3,000 people ten years ago who don’t have a choice. They will DEFINITELY never fly again on Sept 11 or any other day for that matter.
We have to remember who the common enemy is. The enemy is not the government because it introduced the Patriot Act or Homeland Security (neither of which existed before 9/11). It’s not the officers forced to storm a plane in fatigues with Machine Guns. It’s not the officers forced to humiliate Shoshana while she stood in the nude.
The real enemy here is the group of people who decided to pull off arguably the most horrible situation in American History. They have followers. There are people who believe in what they did and are willing to do it again.
There are nearly 3,000 people that I would know for sure would have loved for someone to report some suspicious activity on Sept 11, 2001.