The largest cache of the homemade explosives PETN and HMTD ever found in the United States was discovered on Thanksgiving Day by San Diego police. PETN happens to be the type of explosive favored by Al-Qaeda militants. Now, I know what many people out there are thinking. All terrorists are Muslim and, therefore, this bomb-maker must be a Muslim too. Only Muslim terrorists use PETN. Correct?
Not correct. This very big batch of PETN belongs to one George Djura Jakubec, a Serbian national and 54 year-old computer software consultant who happens to hoard all sorts of dangerous chemicals including sulfuric acid. George is considered a bank robber but he is now under investigation for links to terrorist organizations. The stockpile of explosives was so dangerous that authorities had the entire block near Escondido, California evacuated. These types of explosives are very sensitive and could be detonated with a slight shock, making law enforcement’s task all the more difficult and dangerous.
But what if he were Muslim?
If he were Muslim, then expect to hear more pretentious “I told ya so” rhetoric from talking-heads about how Americans shouldn’t be so politically correct because all terrorists are Muslim and foreign so therefore we shouldn’t feel bad about racial or religious profiling. Never mind the concrete data showing that most terrorists in America and Europe are not Muslim.
What these hot-air blowing pundits don’t understand (or don’t care to understand) is that racial profiling doesn’t work, it’s counterproductive, and it is an affront to American pluralism. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has called it “misleading and, arguably, dangerous.” It is dangerous because terrorists have no race or religion. Terrorists come in all shapes and sizes. So if we profile only Muslims or immigrants, then terrorists who are not Muslims or immigrants will have a better chance at getting through security. The better option is to profile for suspicious behavior. But facts, logic, and the recommendations of high-ranking security officials and scholars won’t stop these loons from continuing their holy waragainst Islam. Why let a little rationality bring down the party when the business of Islamophobic alarmism is booming and anti-Muslim politicians are winning?
For this Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for many things, but in particular, I am thankful the people who live in the anti-Muslim blogosphere’s perpetual Muslim-bashing imagination fantasy land aren’t actually in charge of our collective security.
Note: This article is part of our “What if they were Muslim?” series. In this series, we examine the double standards used by anti-Muslim activists when discussing religious extremism in Islam as compared to other religions. We reject using extremists of any religion to justify prejudice, stereotypes, and hostility towards all members of that religion. Period.