Not on your lap!

  • Trump and May emerge as siblings together in the war against terrorists

Mar 24, 2017-

It is a remarkable instance of coordination in the air, when the greater imperative of concerted action on the ground to confront terrorists has floundered on the rock of prevarication. The United Kingdom has joined the United States to reinforce the latter’s anti-immigrant agenda. Whitehall has followed up the sweeping ban imposed by the White House on laptops and tablets on inbound flights from six countries—Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia—all predominantly Muslim. These countries or points of origin of flights do not figure in Donald Trump’s list of seven nations whose citizens have been barred from stepping into America. President Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May emerge as siblings together in the war against terrorists intent on blowing up planes. No one denies the potential technological threat that these gadgets could pose; and yet the fact remains that this threat cannot possibly be confined to six countries. It is a pregnant targeting of innocent civilian passengers from certain Islamic nations. The statement of the US Department for Homeland Security mirrors the threat which is dangerously real—“The US government is concerned about terrorists’ ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation, as evidenced by the 2015 downing of an airliner in Egypt; and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul.” The fear can scarcely be minimised if laptops and tablets are checked in and kept in the hold. And thereby hangs a tale.

Published: 24-03-2017 09:03

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