Let's play one of my favorite games: connect-the-dots.

We know Al Qaeda is still trying to blow things up in the U.S. Shoe bomber Richard Reid who — it seems — must have been one of them, tried to bring down an American airliner.

Soon after, the attorney general showed us photos of five suspected terrorists who have already recorded their suicide messages, and are out wandering the world looking for a way to come here.

We think that some of the 1,000 or so people who have been detained in the U.S. may have been cell members. We believe that by doing so, we were able to thwart more terrorist attacks.

We have been on top of things since Sept. 11. Still, we know there are dangerous people on the loose, and we gotta play heads-up or it will happen again.

So what are we supposed to think about the latest census report that puts the number of illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries — not counting Pakistan or northern Africa — at 115,000, of whom 58,000 are men? That's almost 10 times the 6,0000 we are actually looking for right now.

Think about that. There are nearly 60,000 men from unfriendly Middle Eastern countries running around this country at this very minute. Are they all terrorists? No. Should we be afraid of every Middle Eastern man we see? No.

But what this number shows, as was pointed out in the New York Times by the Center for Immigration Studies, is that if a terrorist wants to come here and hide until it's time to light another fuse, there isn't much to stop him.

This is a very small number next to the millions of illegals who have come here from Mexico and Central America and Asia, but the Middle Eastern illegals pose a more ominous problem. They are here, lost in the crowd, thinking, plotting, doing God-knows-what.

I wish we could go back to the good old days when an open society was a good thing. Nowadays, it is not. No matter how heavy the door is, we need to push it shut. We need to count noses inside this country, figure out who should be here and who should not. Those that don't belong can go back to wherever it is they came from.

That's My Word.

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