A Time to Stop Being Polite

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, July 23, 2004

A Time to Stop Being Polite

July 23, 2004

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

The September 11 Commission report reveals a lot of mistakes that led to the terrorist attack on us nearly three years ago.

Foresight is something better, because it prevents such horrors.

Audrey Hudson, a reporter for the Washington Times, had a front page story yesterday that sent chills down my spine. You should read it on the Washington time's web page.

It reveals how Arab men are casing flights with the apparent intention of hijacking them, but our political correctness and refusal to profile the very types of people from certain regions of the world and with certain beliefs has again put us in grave danger.

Audrey Hudson tells of groups of Arab men on planes with food bags, cell phones and cameras who congregate, pay numerous visits to lavatories and, in one case, were found to have removed the restroom mirror, which is right next to the cockpit.

You don't have to be a detective to understand what is going on.

Will our government protect us from these people, or not? Will it do what is necessary, or not?

You must read this story.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.