American Airlines Pilots viewpoint on USA Security

The following is something that was sent to me by a Pilot friend. I do not agree with all the points,i do agree with some. I find the writing emphasises too much, “How great America is”. (great as it may be).It is commendable to be Proud of your Country but Human rights are what made great Countries?.
Interesting to get a concensus as to whether this is fair,or inflammatory itself?.

Letter From An American Airlines Pilot.

The paper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.The following is a letter from a pilot.

YOU WORRY ME!
By Captain John Maniscalco, American Airlines Pilot

I’ve been trying to say this since 911, but you worry me. I wish you didn’t. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don’t blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me.

I notice you because I can’t help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don’t fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings, killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children’s mothers.

The Palestinians celebrated, the Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don’t want to be worried. I don’t want to be consumed by the same rage, hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim Americans and the Arab/Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter MORE of the same good neighbors and children?

The events of September 11 changed the answer… It is not MY responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I DEMAND to know and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America … Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation; that He will protect it and let it prosper? Or do you pray that Allah with destroy it in one of your Jihads? Are you thankful for the freedom that this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America ? ? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions YOU are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America . Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent, because I worry about who you regard as innocent… No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks, because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy; I am interested only in action. What will you do for America - our great country - at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting 'Allah Bless America '. I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole.

The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to us, NOW! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing ‘leaders’ like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat.

IF the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, pure, and true, when your ‘leaders’ ARE teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance? It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world’s Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us – our rights under the greatest constitution in the world. I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to DEMAND it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family.

I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American… But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance, and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand. Until then, “YOU WORRY ME!”

They let 15 year olds fly planes in the US?

They let people express opinions in the US,whether you agree with them or not. I presume you are attempting to belittle the Pilot because you don’t agree with his views?. :unamused:

Frankly, I can’t figure out what his point is. He comes across like Karl Pilkington - a bit more articulate, but basically adrift in a world he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to.

Most of the world - not just the Arab/Muslim bits - is an irredeemable shithole. I can think of very few countries where I would want to settle down and live; Taiwan has its problems, which in my grumpier moments I’ll rant about at length, but it’s basically safe, it has a fairly equitable society, day-to-day life is straightforward, rule of law is shaky but more-or-less functional, and it isn’t run by big corporations or the mob (or at least not overtly so). Even “civilised” places like Japan, the UK or the US have downsides large enough that I wouldn’t live there if you paid me. That’s just me; but the letter-writer seems to think that everything would be just fine if only it would just get with the programme and do things exactly like the merkins.

This is a guy who - apparently - has never travelled outside of his own little world, despite flying all over the planet. True, most Muslim countries are a mess (I can’t think of one that isn’t), and I suspect political Islam is largely responsible; but then, so are many other non-Muslim countries. If this guy had ever lived outside of the US, he might realise what a low bar humanity sets for itself.

They let people express opinions in the US,whether you agree with them or not. I presume you are attempting to belittle the Pilot because you don’t agree with his views?. :unamused:[/quote]

Firstly, no they don’t: Americans are spied on and monitored by their own government as a matter of routine, as in many countries. Just try ‘expressing’ something that is not completely irrelevant and you’ll find yourself in a Holiday In in Moscow, begging to be a Bolivian.

Secondly, and I’m channeling my grandmother here, just because you are able to say something, it doesn’t mean you should say it. Expression isn’t creativity: try seeing the world as a canvas, not a receptacle. The words we use allow the writer and reader to co-create a set of thoughts and actions that are independent from the page. A dialogue. ‘Ay-rabs make me twitchy’ creates what kind of dialogue with the external?

His views are indeed obnoxious, simplistic, banal and read as if they were written by someone who doesn’t read much, but that’s hardly the point.

[quote=“finley”]Frankly, I can’t figure out what his point is. He comes across like Karl Pilkington - a bit more articulate, but basically adrift in a world he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to.

Most of the world - not just the Arab/Muslim bits - is an irredeemable shithole. I can think of very few countries where I would want to settle down and live; Taiwan has its problems, which in my grumpier moments I’ll rant about at length, but it’s basically safe, it has a fairly equitable society, day-to-day life is straightforward, rule of law is shaky but more-or-less functional, and it isn’t run by big corporations or the mob (or at least not overtly so). Even “civilised” places like Japan, the UK or the US have downsides large enough that I wouldn’t live there if you paid me. That’s just me; but the letter-writer seems to think that everything would be just fine if only it would just get with the programme and do things exactly like the merkins.

This is a guy who - apparently - has never travelled outside of his own little world, despite flying all over the planet. True, most Muslim countries are a mess (I can’t think of one that isn’t), and I suspect political Islam is largely responsible; but then, so are many other non-Muslim countries. If this guy had ever lived outside of the US, he might realise what a low bar humanity sets for itself.[/quote]

Yes, the only point I can see is the claim that he has a right to be worried about someone who looks like a Muslim flying and if they all pledged allegiance to the USA all would be well in the World…There is a real danger of a lot of unrest down the Jingoistic road.You are right,it’s too complex to fix easily IMO.

They let people express opinions in the US,whether you agree with them or not. I presume you are attempting to belittle the Pilot because you don’t agree with his views?. :unamused:[/quote]

Snowden was hardly just “expressing” a relevant fact.He committed a Crime,whether you think it was justified or not.People can still express their opinions,whether they are spied on or not,surely?.

May I chanel my Grandmother,in answer:
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

That sounds rather condescending,implying that someone who doesn’t read much is incapable of writing well?
Robert Green Ingersoll wrote,
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
What is your point?.

That both are missing.

Never happens.

I’ll leave you to those who want to discuss the content with you.

[quote=“Ermintrude”]That both are missing.

Never happens.

I’ll leave you to those who want to discuss the content with you.[/quote]
Well I appreciate your candour Ermintrude. I just hope next time you are flying,that the Pilot has read, at least a few books, on how to fly it. :wink:

Captain America needs to change his flight plan. It’s not enforcing loyalty oaths to the state he should be worrying about but whether there’s an “America” left to pledge loyalty to or not. If anyone needs to reaffirm their loyalty to their country and the principles it was founded on it’s those people who seem to have real trouble comprehending the 4th Amendment to the Clownstitution:

I’m an American, and I am very fond of my country – I really am. But something that has been bothering me since I moved to Taiwan, and has only increased with time, is how irritating I find it that provincially-minded Americans (the kind who have never left its borders nor ever intend to) seem to be incapable of understanding that the majority of the world does not actually hold US citizenship or residency. Statements like this show that even a pilot doesn’t realize that many of his passengers are only visiting for tourism, business, or whatnot.

Imagine a Chinese pilot announcing over the comm system: “我想知道,必須要知道,有權利知道:你們愛不愛中國?” Well, I don’t, because it’s not my country, and I’m sure that’s how many travelers would respond if asked this question in the US. For being a superpower, it’s incredible how provincial, unnuanced, and downright immature American perspectives on the world tend to be.

This honest movie trailer sums it up well: “A film whose message of world unity means only America can save the world.”

I don’t like this guy man. Reading this gives me too big of a headache to even explain. Happy Friday

You can read about this letter on snopes.com. There is some question about who really wrote it.