By Bob Ciminel
August 21, 2006
Artist Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons
Distributed to subscribers for publication by Cagle Cartoons, Inc.
Anyway, it seems Ms. Mayo is a peace activist who has been spending a lot of time in Pakistan. Why would a peace activist go to Pakistan? Isn't that the place where they kidnap and behead reporters after offering them an exclusive interview? Likewise, given the Pakistani secret police force's reputation for ruthlessness, I would not think it wise to do anything in that country that even hints at criticizing the government.
Like your author, Ms. Mayo writes a column for a Pakistani newspaper. (Hmm, I wonder how much they pay her) However, whereas my prose is based on the precept that nothing is sacred, and covers a fairly eclectic sampling of subject matter, Ms. Mayo is still fighting the Vietnam War and blaming Bush for it. I think history shows that Eisenhower, a Republican, started it, Kennedy and Johnson, Democrats, lost it, and Nixon, a Republican, ended it. All Bush did was upset Dan Rather because he served in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. (I cruised around the Mediterranean on a submarine; does that make me unpatriotic?)
The fact that Ms. Mayo was able to board her plane with a screwdriver and other banned items is what bothers me. Surely, all a security screener had to do was look at her eyes to know she needed attention. I suppose that would be considered profiling by some, but I don't see it that way. Profiling based on race, religion, or ethnicity is wrong, but looking for crazy people is not profiling. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple question.
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