- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2001

New Jersey Attorney General John J. Farmer had something he wanted to say to citizens of a state grievously struck by recent events. Keep in mind that not only is New Jersey home to hundreds of Americans who lost their lives by going to work one Tuesday morning at the World Trade Center, it is also home to Muslim and Arab communities in which at least six of the alleged conspirators appear to have lived shortly before their diabolical attack on Sept. 11.
Thus, according to the New York Times, Mr. Farmer spoke out last week. His message? To "reassure Muslims, Arabs and others that he would not condone racial profiling by law enforcement agents who are searching for suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks." He also went on to remind people that "it's important that any abusive conduct [on the part of law enforcement] be reported."
Glad to see New Jersey's chief law enforcement officer has his priorities straight. As rescue workers burrow through the rubble of the imploded skyscrapers across the bay, Mr. Farmer has decided it's high time to crack down on racial profiling. As the federal government grinds into overdrive to stay just far enough ahead of the Arab and Muslim terror networks to protect Americans from biological or chemical attack, Mr. Farmer believes it's time for heightened racial sensitivity.
While there's no word yet on whether Mr. Farmer managed to make Garden State residents feel more secure, there is some evidence that his approach to crime-solving may, thankfully, be passe. A recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll finds that Americans suddenly support special security measures to be taken against people of Arab or Muslim background, with 58 percent backing more intensive security checks for them, including those who are U.S. citizens.
It is amazing how the basic survival instinct clears the mind of politically correct clutter. Such common sense, however, has been outlawed in recent times for being insufficiently "sensitive" to various minorities, from blacks to Hispanics to even Hells Angels. This, alas, has deprived law enforcement of a fundamental tool for protecting society, which, not incidentally, includes the many upstanding citizens belonging to these same minority groups. As one revelation after another comes out, however, such "sensitivity" becomes a luxurious relic of a fast-receding past of peace and stability.
There are countless citizens of Arab background and Muslim faith who are law-abiding. It is to their benefit, too, that the skies, roads and cities be clear of blood and thunder. Rather than bristle at what is a new, hopefully temporary, status in this prewar limbo, it would behoove such citizens to offer aid and understanding to the beleaguered country that so openly and easily adopted them.

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