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  • Why are we hitting ourselves?

       December 28, 2009

    My brother, like most of the world's older brothers, liked to grab my wrist and force me to punch myself. He'd taunt me by asking me why I hitting myself. If my Mom tried to yell at him, he'd just claim that he wasn't doing anything. I was doing it to myself.

    It dawned on me today that when it comes to the War on Terror, America is acting like a bullied younger sibling. We're hitting ourselves. Instead of, for example, imposing tighter security measures on those most likely to commit terrorism, we're hassling everyone. We're gonna make sure that Grandma doesn't snuggle up in her contraband blanket.

    As far as I can see, our response to 9/11 has been to go to war and hassle air travelers. We're willing to sacrifice American lives and American dollars and help turn air travel from a convenience to a horror show, but god forbid we hurt anyone's feelings.

    The Christmas Day attempted bombing and the Fort Hood shooting certainly also show that we've done nothing to actually stop terrorists. It's ridiculous to me that we're unable to act on warnings from someone's father (and really, just imagine what your kid would have to say for you to call the US State Department about him) and all of the warning signs about Hasan, but you if try to bring a full size tube of toothpaste on a plane, you better check yourself.

    All of the security measures in the world aren't going to save us. And it's not because these are terrorist "masterminds" who will use all of their wits to exploit holes in the system. We're not the Death Star and they're not geniuses. The next attack that succeeds will probably do so because we're stupid and/or lazy. Unlike me, America doesn't have or need an older brother forcing our hand. We actually are more than willing to punch ourselves.

    Posted by at December 28, 2009 04:27 PM

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