Saturday, December 04, 2004

Falling by the wayside

The strangest thing about Sect. of HHS Tommy Thompson's resignation is this warning:

"For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do," Thompson said at a news conference.
Thanks for giving them ideas Tommy. Actually, it is quite surprising, considering how much "chatter" we've heard over the last year and the number of times we've raised the threat level to mauve or whatever, you would think something would happen. I'm going to postulate something, so cut me some slack here, but what if al Qaida isn't really that dangerous? What if it is all about keeping us afraid so that we don't question things like the Patriot Act? The footage I saw of Tom Ridge's resignation on The Daily Show showed a man slightly perplexed about why he hadn't had to do more. He actually knocked on wood. And Thompson seems genuinely confused by the lack of an attack on our weakest point, food imports and health-related matters. Many of the people I read have said that the unfinished job in Afghanistan left al Qaida decentralized, and therefore, more dangerous. They are able to carry out more attacks free of any effective command structure. But that also seems to have made them weaker, because they don't seem to be able to carry out lots of big-time attacks. The only one that comes to mind is the train bombing in Madrid, and that was no where near the level of complexity of Sept. 11. Does that mean that bin Laden is not a threat? Of course he is. As long as he is free, he is a threat. But I'm starting to think that he has the will to fight us, not the means. That means that the War on Terror is more of a farce than I've thought in the past. It's just something used as a justification for autocratic control of the people of a free society. My favorite philosopher Ben Franklin, whom the History Channel is doing a special biography of tomorrow night, said "Those that would trade their freedom for security deserve neither." It seems that we are getting neither with the Bush administration.

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