Following the failed bomb attack on a US-bound plane, America has imposed tough new security measures.
Tough new security measures to add to the tough new security measures imposed after 9/11. Except that these tough new security measures only apply to some individuals. People who carry passports issued in: Syria, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.
Every Syrian who steps off a plane in America will face extra checks, possibly hauled into a side-room like a suspect, before being allowed to enter the Land of the Free. Jordanians, on the other hand, will be allowed to pass through security as easily as a Canadian. Never mind that Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi was a Jordanian. The Amman bombers were Jordanian. The London-tube bombers were British. Yes, the rules are a nonsense.
So Syria has imposed its own nonsense in retaliation. Every American arriving at a Syrian border will now face additional discriminatory security checks.