Profiling is like taking DayQuil for your cold. It’ll make you feel better, but it isn’t going to cure your cold. The editors say, “we, as a society confronted by implacable enemies, should not shrink from [profiling’s] use.” They present us with the idea of profiling as if it were heroic. In actuality, it’s our cowardice that forces us to entertain using profiling as a method to curtail terrorism. We’re scared of what we don’t know, and, thankfully, we don’t know what it is like to be so extreme in our beliefs that we can use those beliefs as an excuse to murder innocent men, women, and children. We will never conquer terrorism if we don’t understand its ideology, and open ourselves up to the potential of peaceful compromise with the religious and world leaders, because as long as nothing changes in the way we conduct ourselves, and how we treat our enemies, we will still be the target of hatred by these terrorist regimes. Compromise is surely better than more lives lost or fighting more wars.
Do you really think compromise will work with the folks you just described ...?