Middle East studies in the News
UCLA Professor as Victim: He's Really Mad [on Khaled Abou El Fadl]
by Gary Fouse
Khaled Abou El Fadl is a UCLA professor. One way or another, he has found his way onto the pages of Fousesquawk before. El Fadl occasionally writes op-eds for the LA Times and usually has something to complain about.
This time he is really mad and complaining because while being pre-screened for a flight from Canada to the US, he was subjected to a secondary and had to wait 40 minutes before being allowed onto the flight.
First of all, this encounter had nothing to do with President-Elect Trump. He is not yet president.
Secondly, Professor, if you suspect that one reason you were more carefully checked is because you were Muslim, well, yes. After all, it is because of the actions of Muslims who hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings or show up at airports with suicide belts that we must all endure these long lines and screening. Maybe only non-Muslims should be subjected to closer scrutiny. Maybe that would satisfy you.
I recall in 2003 when my wife and I were taking my father-in-law, a naturalized American citizen of Mexican birth in his 80s, to visit Spain. Upon our departure from LAX to London, at the security checkpoint, my father-in-law was forced to get up out of his wheelchair and remove his shoes and belt buckle. It wasn't because he was a Mexican or appeared Hispanic. It was most likely because due to political correctness, the security people had to be able to show that not only Muslims were being subjected to closer scrutiny. In fact, I remember being hauled into secondary at Philadelphia airport on a flight from Germany back in 1970 during the era of sky-jackings by Palestinians. I didn't complain. I didn't write an op-ed in the LA Times about how America was becoming a hateful country.
So grow up, Professor. When Muslims stop being a threat to commit mass murder in our airports or in our skies, you will see these long lines disappear and you and we can get on our planes without any delays or hassles. In the meantime, I have no sympathy for you.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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