Even unsuccessful terrorist attacks are successful if we respond with terror

Is it me or do Americans actually miss the post-9/11 hysteria? Based upon the it-must-be-a-slow-news-week media coverage and the politicization of an apparent failed attempt of a 23-year-old Nigerian to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, you’d think so.

There is President Barack Obama, missing only a superhero’s cape, proclaiming that “We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us.” Just replace “violent extremists” with “evildoers,” and that sounds like it’s right from the mouth of “war” “president” George W. Bush.

Then there are the hypocritical chickenhawk Repugnicans using the incident for political gain — as though their party weren’t in control of the White House on Sept. 11, 2001, and in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck, with both catastrophes — the former of which I believe quite possibly was preventable, and the latter of which was was wholly preventable — killing more than 2,000 Americans each.

Yeah, the Repugnican Party has a great fucking track record on keeping the “homeland” (I shudder at that Nazi-like term) safe.

Let’s keep this in perspective: a failed attempt is not the same as a successful attempt. And any commercial airliner can be targeted for a terrorist attack at any time. There is no such thing as a completely risk-free ride on a commercial airliner. Never was, never will be.

Yes, let’s be on alert, but let’s not go ape shit.

After all, the purpose of terrorism is to create terror, is it not?

To go all ape shit over something that might have occurred but did not occur only encourages even more attempted terrorism; the ape-shit overreaction only encourages the evildoers because it rewards their behavior.


And anyway, I don’t want my illusion of Americans being all tough and bad-ass and fearless being shattered — over something that didn’t even happen, for fuck’s sake — so let’s all chill the fuck out.

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