You are going to see more and more of this as America is becoming more and more
anti Muslim especially in the south. There are cases where entire communities are
demonstrating to prevent Mosques and other institutions being established in their
midst. This is about to become an election issues and if the social right movements
have their way, constitution be damned. And before some get upset about me talking
about the radical right, they are crazy, and so is the radical left.
If you look at Europe there are nationalistic groups in Britain, Holland, Germany, France
and Belgium that want these people deported because they don't fit in. Now its fine to
say the pilot should be fired, and there may be Merritt for that but look at the other concern.
The pilot is responsible for his passengers, if he feels there are those who may be a risk
to those passengers, he is the captain who is in charge of his craft.
Secondly more and more passengers are becoming vocal about being on flights with a
society they don't trust. I personally don't care, I fly with people in traditional dress and
think well they got clearance just like I did. But then I am not afraid of people who are
different, or as some say the people with the funny hats. We live in a society where there
is diversity, as long as they don't complain about me I don't care what they do or think.
The problem is much deeper than a pilot refusing to fly. I shows the level of fear the
governments have instilled in people. We are returning to a time of the old hatred and
bigotry that once dominated the landscape. Don't think so?
First it was Black People, then native Indians, then the Irish, and the after that the Eastern
Europeans, the Italians, the Chinese, the Japanese, then it was the Doukhobors and the
list went on and on. For nearly four decades we have struggled but managed to live together
with some relative understanding. Now of course we have a new group that can be singled
out as a threat. Governments, religious groups and others can use this to strengthen their
position in society. If the masses are frightened, they cling to the words of those who give
them comfort like the old feudal days and mentally we appear to be going back there.
I think it is a much bigger problem and this incident is the tip of the iceberg. It is a sad period
in our history. Our governments didn't do their due diligence, and let the bad in with a vast
majority of the good and the innocent people get targeted, and painted with the same brush.
We should ask ourselves how we would like to be treated by those who don't know us and
respond accordingly, I find it very hard to hate people I don't know and have nothing to me.
Down deep I think most people think the same.