If you think terrorism can be eradicated, you're an idealist. If you think any amount of security measures will keep terrorists out of the USA, you're wrong. Terrorism is like crime, it's everywhere and it's impossible to control.
That said, the war option is as good an option as any, given that the US has enough military power to pretty much do what it damn well pleases - as long as it doesn't upset a few select countries like, say, China, which is unlikely in this particular case. You can bomb Afghanistan as much as you like, but the only thing this will accomplish is to make Americans feel good having their revenge. This may or may not be a worthy goal, I'm not the one to judge. But one thing is certain: no amount of war mongering is going to stop terrorism, nor keep it out of the USA. So, to everyone who supports the war option: war is not about stopping terrorism. It's about revenge, pure and simple. If that's what you want, cool. But please don't get your reasons mixed.
Pretty much the same thing goes for the "security tightening" approach. Tightening security will make some people feel good, will inconvenience other people, and will totally and utterly fail to stop terrorism. Again, if your reasons for supporting this are purely emotional, fine. But don't pretend there's any reason in any of this.
If you expect arguments for my thesis that terrorism cannot be stopped, ask yourselves, did the war on drugs stop drug usage? No. Did the war on crime stop crime? No. Did the war on racism stop racism? No. And the list goes on. My mind is open, though. If you can give me ONE, just one example of widespread "homo homini lupus" type of violent and hateful behavior that has been successfully eradicated through violence - or any other means, for that matter - I'll abandon my argument. Oh, and also remember that this particular breed of terrorist - the Muslim terrorist - is unimpressed with death; death is a good thing as far as he's concerned. So don't think that by killing some of them, you'll scare the others - it doesn't work that way.
Finally, as an aside, I've always wondered why politicians are given so much attention in times like this. The media can't seem to get enough of their declarations. In my very humble opinion, what people need right now is to overcome their emotions and get back to thinking rationally - because when you act according to your emotions instead of your reason, you often do things you regret later on. But politicians don't have anything to do with reason. They can't speak reason. By the very nature of their profession (they always need to taylor their speech for an awfully large audience) they speak in symbols. Powerful symbols designed to appeal to people's emotional side, not to their reason. But hey, it seems that's the way human nature works: people need to act their emotions first, and THEN go back to reason. Oh well.
Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke, and fuck 'em even if they can.
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