Today’s Quote: “Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin
It’s 9/11 again. The nation, propelled by the media, will go into a frenzy of commemoration, finger pointing, and political posturing for a day. The nation doesn’t seem to realize that the terrorists have already won. They don’t have to destroy any more buildings or blow anything up. They made us change our way of life. They made us paranoid and suspicious of everyone. They’ve made us believe that a fascist police state run by religious zealots is the only true form of government. Contrary to Benjamin Franklin’s words, we now believe that the illusion of safety is more important than the reality of freedom and liberty. If they want to see us dance, all they need to do is suggest they have some new method of attacking us. They don’t have to actually carry it out, the threat is enough.
It was a tragedy that so many lost their lives in a dastardly act of cowardice whether it was at the hands of Islamic Jihadist or by agents of our own government. Terrorism is uncivilized and cowardly no matter what the motive or justification. Civilized peoples settle their differences through reasoning and diplomacy.
What have we learned from this tragedy? We have learned to live in fear, in fear of terrorists and in fear of our own government, so that we might enjoy the illusion of safety while giving up our liberty. When we surrendered our liberty, whether to the terrorists or to our government, we lost the war, we lost our souls, we lost ourselves.
So much for my annual 9/11 rant. Have a nice day.