Regarding your recent advocacy of profiling to speed up airport security lines, to wit, “We should profile Muslims, or anyone who looks like he or she could conceivably be Muslim, and we should be honest about it”:
1. The profiling you advocate doesn't work. Not all terrorists are Muslims; consider Anders Behring Breivik. And not all Muslims are "dressed like Osama bin Laden, and his wives," i.e. traditionally clothed Arabs, which it is clear is the group you single out for special surveillance. In fact, the largest group of Muslims "look like" Indonesians -- a nation itself that is very diverse and defies stereotypes. In short, most Muslims don't "look like" what you imagine "terrorists" look like with your stereotype. And yes, it is a stereotype.
2. Also, the torture you've advocated in the past doesn't work. That's been refuted so thoroughly I won't bother to repeat it here.
3. Furthermore, the nuclear first strike you've advocated in the past against extremist Islamist regimes also wouldn't work, and would be a war crime greater than the Holocaust. Such a pre-emptive attack is based on the false premise that extremist Islamist regimes, such as that of Iran, are immune to deterrence. But in fact the extremist leaders of Iran have shown every sign of being rational actors with regard to war, nuclear or otherwise. (And yes, Chris Hedges, while wrong about many things, was right to call you out for advocating any sort of nuclear first strike at all, despite your protestations that you didn't.)
4. Even if, in some parallel universe, your proposed policies would be effective, efficiency does not trump moral right. Profiling, torture, and pre-emptive nuclear war are morally wrong regardless of their effectiveness, and for that reason alone -- moral wrongness -- should not be pursued. As a consequentialist, frankly, you are a moral adolescent, and you should start growing up morally and graduate to deontology and virtue morality. Doing so will give you a real sense of justice. The sooner, the better, please.
Finally, Sam, the inconvenience that you undergo while waiting in the TSA security line does not justify profiling an entire religious or ethnic group. Their right to live free of unjust, stereotype-based searches and seizures trumps your impatience at the airport. Again, please grow up.
Jeffery Zavadil, PhD