Monday, October 01, 2007

Still Upset Over 9/11? Get Over It!

That's what Thomas Friedman of the NYT says anyway. I understand what he is saying in his "9/11 is Over" OpEd, but I feel his logic is flawed and I think it's that flawed logic that will lead to defeat in Iraq and further attacks from Allah's minions.

"...how much, since 9/11, we’ve become “The United States of Fighting Terrorism.” Times columnists are not allowed to endorse candidates, but there’s no rule against saying who will not get my vote: I will not vote for any candidate running on 9/11. We don’t need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate.

What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 — mine included — has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.

It is not that I thought we had new enemies that day and now I don’t. Yes, in the wake of 9/11, we need new precautions, new barriers. But we also need our old habits and sense of openness. For me, the candidate of 9/12 is the one who will not only understand who our enemies are, but who we are..." (Read the OpEd)

I don't believe we should live in fear, but I also know we can not afford to stick our heads in the sand. THAT should be the America of 9/12. An America that values life over pacification. An America that will protect her citizens even if her efforts to do so step on some toes.

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