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In the name of fighting terrorism, the federal government has requested local law enforcement agencies around the country to invite approximately 5,000 young Middle-Eastern men, especially those who may have been in Afghanistan, to come in for an chat. I am awaiting my call.

I may not be young, nor an Arab. But I have spent several weeks in the Middle East in the past few years, including visiting two of what this country regards as "rogue" nations, Iran and Syria. Plus, I have been in Afghanistan. It might have been 30 years ago, but I've been there, and I've seen the oppressive suppression of women.

In the name of fairness, and to show that it isn't our government's policy to discriminate when it comes to fighting terrorism, I should also be interviewed.

But while local law enforcement agents are grilling me with their 20 questions, I'll have some for them: After Waco and Oklahoma City, why didn't the U.S. Justice Department request interviews with all young, white American males? After all, weren't they potential domestic terrorists?

In trying to stop the flow of narcotics into this country from the south, why doesn't our government, in its "War on Drugs," call in for interviews all young, male Mexican nationals, here either legally or illegally? It's probably likely that some of them must be involved with the trafficking business.

In the meantime, as a male who has been in both the Middle East and Afghanistan, I expect to be called in for an interview. To set it up, local law enforcement officials just need to phone the Tucson Weekly at 792-3630 and leave a message. I'll be waiting for their call.

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