Friday, January 17, 2003

High pitched whine alert!
The BBC reports that Indonesia protests at US entry rules:
Indonesia has strongly protested against new measures by the United States which force male Indonesians visiting America to register with immigration authorities and have their fingerprints taken.

The measures were introduced in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks but have drawn widespread criticism from the 25 countries affected.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, who is leaving on his first visit to the US on Saturday, called for the measures to be suspended.

"Pakistan has been at the forefront of the war against terrorism... It's unfair to bracket us with other countries," he said.

Washington put Indonesia, along with Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Bangladesh, on its list of countries affected on Thursday.
Registration and finger printing are not particularly onerous requirements for foreign visitors in these parlous times; but if their knickers are really twisted by it, I have a simple solution: Stay the hell home!

And as far as Pakistan goes - while the national government has been of assistance, they surely have noticed that Pakistan is home to a particularly high concentration of Islamofascists whom they are powerless to deal with. This is just whining for the peanut gallery.