, a chilling reminder: Just because we've largely stopped paying attention to airline terrorism doesn't mean the problem's gone away.
Another attack is bound to happen, eventually; it's just a matter of when and how. Self-consciously avoiding close examination of the carry-on baggage and travel intents of large groups of young Arab men for fear of being labeled racist is bloody well going to be the cause of the next 9/11. I hope, obviously, that there's never another terrorist attack of the same calibre. But I know there will be. When it does, can we finally stop pretending that offending minorities
is the worst evil there is? If preventing terrorism requires offending anyone (or everyone
), so be it.