Friday, November 19, 2010

So the joke goes like this:

FINALLY, a great alternative to body scanners at airports!

The Israelis are developing an airport security device that eliminates the privacy concerns that come with full-body scanners at the airports. It's a booth you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.

They see this as a win-win for everyone, with none of the crap about racial profiling. After you hear a muffled explosion, an announcement comes over the PA system: "Attention passengers! We now have a seat available on flight # 1818."

It would eliminate the cost of a long and expensive trial. Justice would be swift.

Case closed! Shalom!


To which I respond:

Good one!

To be fair, though, I see really very little evidence the Israelis have any qualms about violating privacy, practicing racial profiling, or detonating men, women and children--whether those men, women and children are wearing explosive devices or not. So much for justice and shalom.

This is not to bash the Israelis. There's a reason they've forged a "special relationship" with the U.S. Well, yes, there's that AIPAC thing. But aside from that, they know it's terrorism only when the bad guys do it. When the good guys do it, it's a pre-emptive strike or an act of homicidal humanitarianism.

Universality is the hallmark of morality? Only if you're a medievalist.



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