THE Government is discussing with airport operators plans to introduce a screening system that allows security staff to focus on those passengers who pose the greatest risk.
The passenger-profiling technique involves selecting people who are behaving suspiciously, have an unusual travel pattern or, most controversially, have a certain ethnic or religious background.
I am not happy that things have come to this, but why should we all be inconvenienced to maintain a polite fiction? Trustworthy is as trustworthy does. Perhaps it is time to put aside PC and name names. Bush used the f-word, now the Brits look to be recovering some of their pragmatic nature. Europe, no doubt, will also begin to adapt. Denmark is ahead of the bunch and may have avoided the worst problems through early action. France? Given French tradition things could get hairy if the fit comes upon them. Maybe France really will get serious in Lebanon.
If Iran now explodes a nuclear weapon, say around Aug. 22, things could get very interesting. Europe could, if so inclined, reestablish itself as an imperial power in the region. I am not saying it will happen, but Europe has the power to do so if it wishes. The military disparity is arguably greater than in the days of the Great Game. The radical muslims are pushing their luck and risk waking a sleeping giant, and I don't mean the US.