But it seems I've misunderstood the argument, at least as it's presented by Britain's highest paid columnist and favourite bellowing oaf, Richard 'Smellyface' Littlejohn.
In today's column, he comes out whith this:
'Jihad Jane' is the one they've all been praying for, just as the first Western heterosexual woman with HIV was a godsend to the Aids industry.That's particularly boneheaded, even for Smellyface. The crazy idea that there's an 'industry' waiting to pounce, rubbing their hands with glee at the first western heterosexual woman contracting AIDS is in the realms of the crazy conspiracy theory again, but it's not that I'm talking about. It's what he goes on to say:
Millions of innocent women will now have to suffer the indignity of electronic stripsearching before they board a plane, on the off- chance they might turn out to be 'Jihad Judy' or 'Jihad Jill'.It's this that made me realise that the racial profiling argument Smellyface is pushing isn't that certain groups should be targeted for searching, it's that certain groups should be left alone and never searched.
I'd never thought this was the argument before because it's so crashingly stupid. What does he imagine terrorist groups will do if there were types of people they knew would never be searched at airports?
Does he imagine that Colleen LaRose (which is, like, her name) is the only ever white woman to be a terrorist? Does he imagine that all terrorists are Muslims?
These may soundlike strawmen, but the idea that this latest white female to be arrested in connection with terrorism suggests that Smellyface didn't know there are other examples that could have been used.
As for the Muslim idea, Professor of Demographics, MigrationWatch advisor and former Government Special Adviser David Coleman, in a submission to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, said outright that:
All counter-terrorism activity is directed against Islamic groups and individuals of predominantly ethnic minority, immigrant or asylum seeker origin.And this guy is a Professor. There have been new attacks by the real IRA recently, not to mention a number of nutty white supremacists being caught with bombs and chemical weapons, so I hope this claim is clear bollocks and counter-terrorism acivity is being targeted to these people as well as Muslims.
Anyway, I'm digressing. Littlejohn seems to believe that there should be a policy of not searching white women, and that we should all know about that. I'm trying to get my head around the idea that he's arguing this in the face of evidence of a white female terrorist being caught. It's this sort of thing that makes me wonder whether Smellyface actually believes the crap he spouts, or if he's putting on an act for the cash. Can he really be that stupid?
What a massive chump.