Being Canadian means having to accept stupidity disguised as political correctness.
I have spent much of this week on planes moving between Alberta and BC and back and forth. I was making my way at Calgary Airport to the baggage carrousal the other day and I watched a number of soldiers in battle fatigues clearing security on their way to the front lines of the war on terror being waged by extreme Islamist thugs against western democracies.
In the same week as an addle-brained spokesman for the Taliban claimed they were targetting Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan deliberately in order to have an effect on the current federal election campaign, I watched as our soldiers were being subjected to physical searches by CATSA security guards with names like Ali and Mahmoud. The female baggage screener wore a Muslim head scarf.
There was something wholly incongruous and hypocritical about what I saw.
I harbour no illusions about the efficacy of airport security in Canada. There is no doubt is it little more than an expensive pantomine to create the illusion of security for the travelling public in the post-9/11 world. But, really, couldn't we really add some actual effect to the illusion?
And I have to admit that it just pissed me off to watch a Canadian soldier who has been security cleared to a level the CATSA guard could never aspire to, being searched, in combat uniform, before getting on a plane to defend this country from the religious zealots who threaten the world and are connected by faith to the very guards supposedly protecting our flying public.
Never mind Sharia and the male dominance over the female of the species, how is it possible that political correctness can trump security in this day and age?
It's an an absolute mystery and an affront to those soldiers in combat uniform heading to a war zone who had to submit to the searches.
I was ashamed to be Canadian as I watched the scene. Unfortunately, it was not the first time.
- Leo Knight on Blackberry