Paul  Weyrich

I was listening to the Chris Core show on WMAL radio on Thursday when the terrorist plot to blow up at least 10 airliners en route from Great Britain to the United States was the hot topic of the day. A pilot called in on his way to fly out of Reagan National Airport. The pilot said if the terrorists had been on this side of the Atlantic, and thus the aircraft to blow up were to have originated in Washington or New York or Chicago, he wasn't at all sure we would have stopped the plot. That call sent shivers up and down my spine. He may well be right.

We have become victims of political correctness to the point that we have tied our own hands in handling cases such as this. The British use profiling, for example. We do not. We do not because various Arab-American groups complained to high heaven that profiling was discrimination against them. I am sorry. 100% of the people who flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and would have destroyed the Capitol if some brave passengers had not revolted in Pennsylvania were Muslims. Likewise the 25 men arrested in Great Britain and Pakistan who were involved in the plot to blow up thousands of people were Muslims. I attend a church whose roots are in the Middle East. I know and love my Arab brethren. But to be inconvenienced a bit if they happen to fit the profile of a terrorist then so be it if they are questioned until it is determined that they are not a terrorist. Mistakes will be made. Feelings will be hurt. But it is far better that we hurt someone's feelings than if an airplane blows up with 300 innocent victims aboard.

The British pulled off this rather spectacular bit of police work by infiltrating the organization. The infiltrator was doing his work for the past seven months. He kept Scotland Yard and M I 5 appraised as to what was going on. Exactly how this infiltrator gained the trust of the conspirators is not known. It should not be known. Had the plot been in the United States the NEW YORK TIMES would send 30 reporters to find out how we obtained the intelligence so they could expose it and thus assure that it never would be used again. Hopefully the British press will have more loyalty to their country that our media has here.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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