It appears that some folks are mad as Hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.

There were 150 passengers ready to board a return flight to England from Malaga. Two of them looked a little odd: scruffy, long haired and wearing heavy jackets in spite of the heat. What is more, these fellows were speaking what sounded like Arabic and were unduly concerned with their watches.

The other passengers became alarmed. Some who had already boarded the plane got off. Even the kids got into the act.

Some of the older children, who had seen the terror alert on television, were starting to mutter things like, ‘Those two look like they’re bombers.’

FInally the pilot refused to fly the plane. He asked for and got the two men’s passports.

While we were waiting, everyone agreed the men looked dodgy. Some passengers were very panicky and in tears. There was a lot of talking about terrorists.” The two suspicious characters were removed from the flight. After a security check the flight departed three hours late.

The British government was outraged. Patrick Mercer, the Tory Homeland Security spokesman, said last night:

This is a victory for terrorists. These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally. For those unfortunate two men to be victimised because of the colour of their skin is just nonsense.

The passengers were the ones who behaved irrationally? How so? In fact they behaved very rationally. There was no violence or threats. They simply refused to board a plane with two men whose profile fit that of most of the terrorist killers of the world for the past 40 years—that would be male and Middle Eastern.

The newspaper article toes the official line about the evil of profiling. It says that the two men were ‘Asian.’ Asia is rather large place. Were the men Chinese? Sri Lankan? Thai? Mongolian? Allow me to hazard a guess: they were from an Arabic-speaking country in the Middle East. Why could not the newspaper simply report where the suspicious types were from? It was news, yes?

And something odd here: Why would two Middle Eastern fellows with thick heavy coats and unkempt appearance chatter along in Arabic while awaiting a flight? Were they trying to get attention? And why did they not raise a fuss when they were escorted off the flight?

The government of course called the suspicious guys ‘victims’ and insinuated that the passengers were racist vigiliantes. I expect such nonsense from governments, none of which enjoys the spectacle of people acting as a law unto themselves. Governments of all hues prefer sheep. Even Texas George was incensed when a few old guys went to the border of Mexico to enforce a law that America officialdom ignored. Why did George not enforce that law? Had he not taken a vow to do so?

And what does one say of a government that advises its citizens to be alert and aware but then criticizes them for being so?

Those travelers in Malaga refused to be sheep. They insisted on being secure while traveling 30,000 feet in the sky. And their government insulted them for it.