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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Terrorism

I'm hearing a lot in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Jordan, and there are a few things that I have to get off my chest:

"We're fighting them over there, so we don't have to fight them over here." I think this is the most ridiculous statement ever made. It may have worked in WWII, when we were fighting an identifiable, national force on specific battle grounds. But in this "war on terror," the enemy doesn't play by the "rules." They won't be contained to this area. And it's not like there's going to be an invading force. We have to be worried about another 20 guys coming in and pulling off something unexpected.

"How do we stop these types of attacks?" I've heard this question on almost every news program, but no one yet has given the answer I think is true - you can't. Now we can do a lot to beef up our security and try to prevent attacks, but I honestly don't think there's much we can do to stop a couple of guys walking into a crowded area and blowing themselves up. It's frightening, but true. I wish we lived in a world where you didn't have to worry about these issues from time to time, but as I've said on other issues... we have to deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it were.

"Al-Queda network." This phrase is starting to get to me. Along with references to hierarchy, organization, and membership in the network, I think it's misleading to make references like this. To me, Al-Queda is like E.L.F. (the Earth Liberation Front) - it has membership by declaration. Anyone can go out, commit some TERRIBLE act, and then claim it in the name of Al-Queda. Talking about a network, hierarchy, etc. implies more structure than I believe this group has for the most part.

An interesting view on these issues can be found in "Isaac and Ishmael," the first episode of the 3rd season of The West Wing. It's sort of a one act play, that doesn't require ANY knowledge of the plot or even of the characters. They talk about terrorism, its roots, and ideas on how to move on in this new world. No matter what your political bent, you should check it out!

-The Hippy's Wife :)

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