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“Established Procedures”

A boarded and seated passenger was yanked from his seat, beaten and dragged off the plane because of the overbooking of United Airlines.

Defending this horrific abuse of passenger rights, United CEO Oscar Munoz wrote to United employees: “Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you.....”[1].

“Established procedures”!

Isn’t this reminiscent of how Jews were treated in Nazi Germany just before the mass killing?

Nazis did not start the holocaust right after their ascending to power. They were initially cautious. However, after testing the public and finding no strong reaction to their abuse of Jews, they were emboldened and formulated an established procedure to treat Jews, i.e., rounding them up and killing them.

All dictatorial regimes have “established procedures” to treat dissidents.

All brutal slave owners have “established procedures” to treat slaves.

Will these “established procedures” be made great again?

Will these “established procedures” be expanded beyond airlines and into other sectors of the society?

Will these “established procedures”, made in USA, force their way into Canada which happens to be my beloved country?

What if these “established procedures” are implemented in the whole world?

Sitting in front of my computer, I feel a profound sense of helplessness. I can hear the screaming of women in the video clip. Did they feel the same sense of helplessness? Why had there been no male passengers who would respond to the scream and stand up for human dignity?

Has our society really degraded to such an extent that we no longer know what is right and what is wrong?

How loud does the screaming need to be before the society as a whole can hear it and react to it?

[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/united-airlines-ceo-oscar-munoz-s-leaked-email-in-full-read-video-incident-dragging-passenger-staff-a7677721.html

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