The ten mile trip seemed to last forever.
Don't forget the incident yesterday in The Netherlands:
The mistake is in assuming that the audience is "us" or the terrorised. It is not. The audience is the terrorist's own people, their homeland as it were. The terrorist cares not at all to what happens to the enemy, he is only interested in how the message comes across to his own people.
The reason for this tragedy is due in part by every one of us.
And before the WTC bombing, there were no Al-Qaeda attacks in the US. Just because nothing has happened after 9/11 doesn't mean that our airport security measures are working. What it does mean, though, is that this uncertainty doesn't come cheap.
All of the suspense gets them ready for the show.
Remember how you felt right after 9/11?... When you had tickets to a Yankees game and honestly wondered if you'd be safe there?... When you wondered if the local mall might be a target?... When you wondered when the next attack would be? Surely, if the "terrorists" were as brilliant, connected, and organized as we all thought they were, they'd attack again, and again, and again... to inflict terror.
The suspense gets them pumped and ready to for the show to start.
But they either don't, or can't... which it is I think we don't really know. Maybe the network was largely affected and forced into hiding by activity in Afghanistan. Maybe there isn't anything to it and never was. But the point is, we don't live in fear in the U.S. and every day we don't, we win again.
Thanks for the great insights- keep them coming!
For 5 years (9/1/01-7/1/06) I lived 4 blocks from the white house and 2 blocks from the State Dept. If I managed to get out of bed every morning without shitting myself everyone else can too.