One thing that puts our homeland at risk, in my view, is our reluctance to generalize about racial, ethnic and national groups. If someone had said, "You know, young Arab men from country X and country Y are apt to be terrorists, so let's not let them in," 9/11 would not have happened. Period. But beyond that, folks both right and left seem to think that "generalizing" about races or other groups is the height of evil. While conceding that it can have ill effects, is it ALWAYS a bad thing? What if it will save lives, and the costs will be minimal? I'll start it off this way. I suppose that we could have treated Mohammad Atta as an "individual," and "not judged him by the color of his skin" or where he was from. We could have sat him down, had tea with him, and talked about all the wonderful things we have in common. But how much effort would it take to do that for every camel jockey who tries to get in here? Would you be willing to pay for the salaries of 50 thousand more immigration minders, all of whom would get to know all comers as "individuals"? With your tax dollars? Would this be a wise expenditure?