Cal  Thomas

There are at least two reasons behind media reluctance to devote more and better coverage to this story. One is money. The networks and many newspapers have either closed down foreign bureaus or cover little foreign news. Americans, they believe, don't care much about events overseas.

The second reason is political correctness. Extremist infiltrators call anyone who sounds a warning about what they're up to "Islamophobes" and demand, through mass e-mailings and sometimes demonstrations, the censoring or sanctioning of journalists who sound the alarm.

It was political correctness that led Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, just 10 days after 9/11, to institute a suicidal policy that bans profiling of air passengers based on race. John Lehman, a 9/11 commissioner, stated during commission hearings last April: "It was the policy (before Sept. 11) and I believe remains the policy today to fine airlines if they have more than two young Arab males in secondary questioning because that's discriminatory."

The Washington Times writes, "In the three years following September 11, United Airlines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines settled discrimination cases with the Department of Transportation for a combined $3.5 million."

According to Audrey Hudson of The Washington Times, "Flight crews and air marshals say Middle Eastern men are staking out airports, probing security measures and conducting test runs aboard airplanes for a terrorist attack."

Annie Jacobson, a writer for Women's Wall Street Journal, described a chilling personal experience on a recent flight from Detroit to Los Angeles during which she said 14 Middle Eastern men behaved strangely and frightened the crew and a number of passengers.

Our borders are sieves. Our normally commendable attitude of tolerance and the welcome mat we have put out to the world have allowed people who love America as well as those who hate us to come in.

Radical Islamic groups are supporting the congressional candidacy of Cynthia McKinney, who seems a shoo-in over her Republican opponent as she seeks to regain the seat in Congress she lost in 2002. McKinney may be the "Manchurian Candidate" of Islamic terrorism.

The American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections has a hospitality suite at the Democratic Convention. The Arab TV network al-Jazeera, which might properly be renamed "the voice of bin Laden," has been given a booth at the FleetCenter to broadcast its version of events to the Arab world.

The Arab press understand that the media are an important weapon in the clash between civilizations, and so do others who hate us. Why don't the U.S. press? Perhaps they're too busy covering Martha Stewart, missing or dead women, and other stories that satisfy sponsors interested in certain demographics. In doing so, the big media are again ignoring their responsibility to sound an alarm.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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