Thursday, October 12, 2006

Accident in NY: Terrorist Victory

The plane that hit a high-rise condominium building in NY yesterday was an accident. The nation breathes a collective sigh of relief. "It wasn't terrorists," and we are relieved.

But wait a minute. Was there one person who was not fearful for a while yesterday that perhaps this was the next 'big one'? I know I was. And then it dawned on me. This is the terrorists' victory! They have already accomplished part of their goals! Americans no longer feel safe in their own country.

The very fact that fighter planes were sent up to patrol the skies of the US as a precaution, shows how alert and fearful we must be. They have succeeded in instilling terror in our hearts.

It is up to us if this fear cripples the free nations of the world, or spurs them in their determination to eradicate this danger from the world. And as we continue to discuss the relative moral merits of denying constitutional rights to our sworn enemies, as we deliberate about 'torture' (believe me, nothing we do compares to what they do), we break our national spirit, and weaken our resolve.

Meanwhile, they become emboldened, and rogue nations rise up to add their threats to the fracas.

We can win this war. We just need to believe that we must, at all costs, win it. We must fight it as if our existence depends on it, for it does.