According to ACLU attorney Jayashri Srikantiah, “The government’s [post-9/11] activities target the most vulnerable group: immigrants, especially Muslims.” Why do people and organizations who say such things get any respect? Cantor Fitzgerald employees were vulnerable when someone decided to injure them, and the ones who were at their desks September 11 died. Does the ACLU claim that someone is trying to injure immigrants and Muslims in the same way? If not, what kind of motive, injury and vulnerability does Miss Srikantiah have in mind?
As to “targeting,” she does have somewhat of a point. We’re at war with a shadowy network of foreign Muslims whose members in this country have killed thousands of Americans and destroyed billions upon billions of dollars worth of property. So prosecuting the war will involve going after people in this country who are Muslims and foreigners, just as prosecuting the Second World War involved going after people in Europe who were Germans and foreigners. It’s unclear why anyone who doesn’t resent the existence of this country and its people should think that in principle it’s a problem to treat a threat coming from within a definable foreign group as coming from within that group.