A Sameer has emailed me this.. and I don't know how to respond to him because replying to his hate and bias towards Gulf Arabs is beneath me. Also, I wrote my feelings and the way I felt after I was lied to by Air Canada staff and ridiculed by the TSA people, raising a legitimate objection to why I find being called "secondary" - which I am not - derogatory.
As I said before and will repeat again: I am willing to voluntarily go thru secondary and more inspections at each and every border I cross provided I fully understand and am told directly that I am being subjected to this special treatment because I am an Arab and Muslim, and am being prejudiced against and automatically placed in a 'suspect' category because of that. I don't have a criminal record, follow the rules and feel deeply insulted when lied to, ridiculed and called 'secondary.' Also, if having any pride and dignity is a Gulf Arab trait, than I am proud of all the Gulf Arabs from Kuwait, to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain to Oman, Qatar to the United ARab Emirates, who object to being rubberstamped as terrorists wherever we go and travel.
And NO thanks, I will not stop travelling because the world is my stage, and I go and come as I please, as a law abiding citizen, but will not tolerate being called 'secondary' or ridiculed or stereotyped or prejudiced against and also lied to.
Here's his email, which starts with a lie, accusing me of posting my blog entries on Global Voices, which I did not:
Email: (I removed it out of courtesy - to someone who has no manners)
i read your post on global voices about your so called 'horrific' and 'humiliating' treatment by air canada---with all due respect, now you arrogant gulf arabs understand how it feels to be treated like shit---i have been to your country as well as other gulf countries, and have seen firsthand how third world nationals are treated much much more worse than you were. i live here in the US and travel a lot, both domestically and internationally, and unless you are totally oblivious to security precautions in place after 9/11, we both know well that there is a chance that you can get selected for secondary inspection. after all, many americans faced arab terrorism on 9/11 and it is obvious and of common sense, that people of arab ethniticity and muslim religion (that includes me)can possibly face secondary inspection. i personally dont like it any more than you, but its a price that i and other muslims have to pay thanks to the arab terrorists dispatched to america who sowed death and destruction here. and then you say that you were crying---o plz save those crocodile tears, it aint that you were stripped naked in front of anyone, just normal seconday inspection so why so much moaning and bitching??!! you know what the rules are, and if you didnt like them, then who put a gun to your head and forced you to stay in america and canada??!! DONT COME TO AMERICA AND CANADA IF YOU DONT LIKE THE RULES OK. after all, thats what you say to third world nationals when they complain of maltreatment, dont you??!!
p.s.=in the last four yrs of travelling i havenot been told to come for secondary inspection except once last year while visiting canada from atlanta. and while it was a bit inconvenient, but it wasnt humiliating at all and also selected were a couple of white north americans just for your kind information!!:)