I read the op-ed about the need to avoid overreaction in security and I am in broad agreement that many of the point-defense measures currently employed at airports are more "scarecrow security" than truly protective measures. I also agree that many of these do not pass the cost/benefit test and that stoicism in the face of terror is probably a good idea. A few points trouble me, however:

The ten mile trip seemed to last forever.

Crossing the finish line only lasts for only a split second, but the impact is significant.

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.

For the cartenoid, we observed the following five colors: yellow, auburn, purple, pink, and red.

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.

It was there he designed a system to dry coffee, as well as a kiln responsible for drying lumber.

You get the prize for most defeatist statement of the week.

(Certain) politicians and the press, who both carry a very large responsibility in our society, profit hugely from terrorist attacks, so there is a very powerful incentive to let them happen. This motivation for terrorist attacks stems from inside our society, not from "the terrorists" (who are usually viewed as standing apart from it).

I will never forget the fresh smell of the air when we stepped off the airplane.

It depends on another machine for operation.

Irrelevant personal jibes aside, you should do research before speaking. You've assumed a definition of "anarchist" that implies a subscriber to "anarchism" instead of the broader definition that includes anyone who seeks to spread/cause anarchy.

For some reason, as I read this the following quote kept replaying in my brain:

It is where I have formed some of the closest friendships.

But there's no reason to believe a car bomber will drive into my local grocery market today. There's not even a reason to believe an airplane will be used in terror today. There is no living in terror. We win again today... just like yesterday, and the day before.