The first article:
U.S. tightens international air security - Mike Allen - POLITICO.com
from www.politico.com: All travelers flying into the U.S. from foreign countries will receive tightened random screening.
This is great, I support this. One day I'm sure they'll have a smart system in place that can detect threats and criminals faster and without annoying innocent passengers. I totally support this even if it means boarding lines will take long. Computer anti-virus softwares like McAfee, Norton and Kaspersky came a long way before becoming fast and relatively effective. These systems, like the new international air security measures protect from external attacks. What is equally important is to detect threats and criminals in the name of Islam that emanate from within the US. An anti-virus program is not going to detect a software inner exception (when your Word crushes and asks you to please send the error to Microsoft), deadlock (when your mouse freezes forever), memory corruption (when your final paper word document cannot open because Microsoft mysteriously cannot recognize it) or memory leak (when your 200 slide long powerpoint freezes and you haven't yet saved the last critical changes). There are other preventive measures in the world of software to prevent deadlock and even resolve it if it happen, to protect data from corruption and to detect memory leaks. I wonder what can be done to prevent threats and criminals that could come up in the name of Islam from within the US. I can only speculate that the threat is possible, may be true one day and some president will have to react. That day, the US might start operating like the extreme secular France by probing deeper into the fabric of Muslim communities and have a say in their affairs, which may be an opportunity after all for Muslims to assimilate better into the American fabric.
Couple the above article with this one and you get an interesting mashup of concepts and ideas for Obama to chew on:
The second article:
Op-Ed Columnist - The God That Fails - NYTimes.com
from www.nytimes.com: It would be nice if we reacted to the inevitable failures of centralized agencies with resiliency instead of rabid denunciation and cynicism.
"At some point, it’s worth pointing out that it wasn’t the centralized system that stopped terrorism [..] it was decentralized citizen action"
That's the take-away for me.
My friend, don't you think that what the US needs is BATMAN, that's the decentralized citizen action. And perhaps that is the answer to my earlier question of the need for a system to protect and resolve threats and criminals that could emanate from within the US in the name of Islam. And more importantly what the "Muslim" countries need is 3ATMAN (to borrow a fantastic Algerian comedy show spoof on Batman), that would be BATMAN's brother from breastfeeding. This may sound completely childish and superficial, but it's about time generations who grew up watching Batman realize that it wasn't pure entertainment. That they can learn something out of it. It is training that would prepare them to handle the problems of the future. They have a choice to be either the Evil, the victim or the Hero. No wonder there will always be sequels to Batman, the generational training goes on. The question I have is what is the secret ingredients of the mysterious milk that produces the Batman world family? is it the human fitra untouched by evil? or is it the same fitra spilt with evil and then purified again with some sort of purification process (wakeup call, spirituality, courage, generosity, the non-punk sufism - the one where people do not mix in rave nights)