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We all did - and still do have - our own interpretation of what these words mean, however the mutual factor which historically brought us together was that these problems were elsewhere and didn’t really affect us in Scotland.
But let us not forget the attempted terrorist attack at Glasgow airport in 2007.
On Tuesday, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill told around 70 people at Pollokshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow he would challenge police to deliver statistics on how much counter-terrorism intelligence had been delivered as a result of the increased, and often random questioning of particularly ethnic minority travelers at Glasgow airport.
They are vastly more likely to be stopped in UK airports and ports under the controversial anti-terror legislation. Apparently, Asian people are 42 times more likely to be stopped.
Was the Justice Secretary simply making a pleasing comment to a possibly hostile audience?
After 30 June 2007, I believe it's only reasonable that increased security measures were introduced at Glasgow airport. Considering that many of the attempted terrorist attacks are made by individuals claiming to be Muslims, the reality of the situation is that while it may well be an inconvenience for members of the ethnic minority community to be stopped, searched and questioned, they must accept the reality of the perceived face of terrorism.
When I travel with my husband, officials repeatedly ask him to step aside, often they ask me too and of course this is embarrassing. However you tell me which country in the world does not practise racial profiling?
Whether you’re a white male in Saudi, or an Asian male in Glasgow, we often face the same issues. However, the difference in the UK is that the state has shot itself in the foot by becoming such a politically correct society, which certainly cannot please everyone.
Those playing the race card argue that the stops are creating resentment between the authorities and the community, but I certainly find this a weak argument.
These perpetrators know exactly what they’re doing: they are deliberately creating fear and tension between communities and they understand all too well the divisions which they’re creating.
Most of the Muslim community were appalled by the actions of the Glasgow bombers, Bilal Abdullah and Kafeel Ahmed. They are not ambassadors for Muslims and, as a British Muslim, I'm horrified to think my Scottish friends and neighbours would even begin to think that people like them represent the views of the wider Muslim community.
What also doesn’t help is when the other half of the Muslim community are moaning about their perceived ill-treatment.
I love this country where I was born, educated, and where I have the freedom of speech, but I am angry at our tolerance of religious and subversive factions within our society and our acceptance which allows individuals to divide our communities.
Scotland has a large ethnic population who make a huge contribution to society, not just in cultural terms but in economic ways too. The latest figures from Holyrood show ethnic minority businesses contribute up to £700million to the Scottish economy every year.
That figure itself shows Scotland is an open and welcoming country, not one where racial hatred and suspicion is rife.