The Toronto Star recently published a fascinating article on the ‘Israelification’ of airports (via Andrew Sullivan), referring of course to Israel’s infamous airport security methods. The article is defiantly worth reading.
“Do you know why Israelis are so calm? We have brutal terror attacks on our civilians and still, life in Israel is pretty good. The reason is that people trust their defence forces, their police, their response teams and the security agencies. They know they’re doing a good job. You can’t say the same thing about Americans and Canadians. They don’t trust anybody,” Sela said. “But they say, ‘So far, so good’. Then if something happens, all hell breaks loose and you’ve spent eight hours in an airport. Which is ridiculous. Not justifiable.
“But, what can you do? Americans and Canadians are nice people and they will do anything because they were told to do so and because they don’t know any different.”