The Only Thing We Have to Fear…is the Horde of Terrorists that Are Literally Everywhere
It is not often I watch the TV news, but for some reason CNN was on when I came home today. It being the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, it was obvious that the story would be a pertinent topic for the day. However, I was amazed by the number of news stories related to terrorism. There is this alleged case of bridge bombers in Cleveland, as well as headlines about possible suicide bombers with surgically implanted explosives attacking planes.
Wow. So let’s all breathe for a moment..
I am an advocate for a sensible national security policy. In the decade since 9/11, Americans have been trained to expect a completely sterile and danger-free world inside an impervious bubble of security, safe from the scary external world. Every once in a while some foiled plot is dragged out to remind the public who their protectors are. Thus for the most part they have come to accept TSA policies of full body scanners and intensive pat downs. I am against this exploitation of people’s security. This is true whether we are talking about the Bush or Obama administrations. Living in fear is not living in liberty. I don’t use air transport very often but the few times I have flown, the very last thing on my mind was terrorism (the very first thing on my mind was the irritating security screening process). If anything, bird strikes (and I just LOVE the phrase ‘bird strike’ as a technical term) should be higher on the list of aviation security concerns.
The case of the alleged Cleveland bridge bombers sounds to me like pure entrapment, seeing as the FBI provided fake C-4 explosives. That is more than simply providing an opportunity for a suspect to commit a crime he would have probably committed anyway, but rather the means to impel the commission of a crime. It seems like more than coincidence that this day of all days was chosen to arrest the suspects and plaster the story all over the news. As for the story on body-bombers, it sounds to me like someone in the CNN newsroom has watched The Dark Knight a few too many times. Taking this threat to its logical conclusion, the TSA might be able to do invasive cavity searches and X-rays on anyone. Is that the kind of society we want?
The world is undoubtedly full of violence and danger. Allowing this fact to rule over people’s lives instead of simply accepting it is what prevents progress toward a freer and better society. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from FDR; “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Remember it the next time someone attempts to fear-monger their way to power.
EDIT: Next time came sooner than expected! Happy Loyalty Day, fearful American mind slaves!