Diana West

Is he kidding? Nope. He wants us to believe that generic "young men," not agents of Islamic jihad, are the problem. "Behavioral distinctions are also something to focus on," he continued. "People who are acting funny, people who don't have baggage, people who pay in cash. Those things have nothing to do with race, ethnicity, or religion and seem entirely appropriate as reasons for double-checking or having them go through special scanning machines."

Woolsey's message is the same as CAIR's: Ignore Islam. Look at behavior, and beef up the security gauntlet. Oh, and watch those young WASP men. And thank goodness, his message implies, "acting funny" has nothing to do with "race, ethnicity or religion." Because who in his politically correct mind wants to examine whether race, ethnicity or religion (emphasis on religion) factors into our airports' having become Dar al-harb -- Islamic war zones? The results would undoubtedly be what is known as "insensitive." While not "racist" (Islam is not a race), they would certainly be prejudiced against a religion. Praise the multiculturalism and pass through the whole body scanner. It's better to be dead than politically incorrect.

This isn't to say that security personnel shouldn't watch young men or zero in on "behavioral distinctions" to prevent imminent attacks. And people from outside the Middle East may indeed be killers. I've never forgotten an old story of a young Irish girlfriend of a Libyan terrorist who unwittingly boarded a plane with a bomb in her carry-on luggage that exploded in flight. Nearly 300 people died.

But denying the threat within Islamic ideology blinds us to the threat that Islam poses to the West. This denial prevents us from erecting immigrational, legislative, financial and other defenses against further incursions of jihad and reversing the spread of Islamic law (Sharia).

It's one thing to get the Islam run-around from a CAIR official. Indeed, the effort to decouple discussion of Islam from terrorism is official policy at the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the 57-member Islamic body that counts heads of state and foreign ministers as working members. But it's another thing to get the same see-no-Islam message from a former U.S. intelligence chief like Woolsey.

That's when you know you're losing.

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).