Friday, 18 June 2010

Mona By Name Moaner By Nature

This morning's Thought For The Day slot on Radio 4's Today programme was filled by Professor Mona Siddiqui of Glasgow University Islamic. It's not fair that muslims are picked out for anti-terrorist checks at airports, but then it's not fair that anybody is. Without a trace of irony she criticised the postponed CCTV in certain Birmingham districts, saying "But rightly or wrongly a sense of belonging can take years to build and only seconds to destroy. " Yes, in the time it took to detonate rucksack bombs on the bus and tube in 2005. As an academic, I would have thought that Professor Siddiqui would have appreciated that Bayesian Search Theory the is an excellent method of finding something. If I drop my keys off the side of a boat mid ocean, I might know precisely where they are but the chances of me locating and retrieving them would be close to nil. But political correctness (wherever that is found in the Koran or Hadith) states that everybody is equally likely to smuggle bombs or weapons. And of course the chaps who drove their car into the foyer of Glasgow Airport and blew themselves up operated an equal opportunities policy for their potential victims. They were reckless as to the ethnic or religious backgound of their targets. As always, Platitude Of The Day cuts through the nonsense brilliantly.
Why can't Today have some common sense for a change?

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