But on to today's topic.
What is it about American's that makes them spoil for a fight? Even if the only threat is mostly imaginary? It’s kinda like taking the threat from your pissed off 7 year old seriously.
Do the majority of us just have it too easy? It seems a lot of Americans just need something to fear... (Dear Leader and the pugs pander to that need perfectly). Whether it’s the war on drugs, the war on terror or the cold war (a real threat) its somehow become part of the national psyche: “somebody is out to get us”… “we gotta fight!”
Of course, there is always someone out there who would like to “get us” – but most of the time its restricted to a small group of loonies that can only occasionally cause real harm. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to stop the next Tim McVeigh. Not in a free society.
But that doesn’t stop your average wing-nut in the red-states… You know the type: The die-hard NRA member sitting in his mobile home – rifle across his lap – in the middle of the American out-back – worried about the terrorist getting ready to explode a dirty bomb in his ‘neighborhood’. “We gotta take the fight to these guys!!”
Next thing you know, we’re dragging journalists out of their homes half-a-world away to ‘protect’ Gomer and his homestead in the
Get real people. No one is coming to get you… 99.9% of you anyway.
BTW, these people that foam at the mouth when you talk about the war on terror: “we gotta track ‘em down and kill em!!” – ask them what they have done for the “war effort” besides putting a magnetic sticker on the back of their gas-guzzling SUV that says "I support the troops".
The answer is usually silence…
I think these folks watch too much TV. They all want their lives to be like something they see on a HBO mini-series. The first step is identifying the evil guy that wants to take over the world. Once you name him (terrorists!!), god-fearing American’s have to stand up to him!
Forget that the cure is worst than the disease.
I honestly don’t think many of these folks who are all up-in-arms about terrorism would actually know how to live a nice, peaceful life. Somehow their self-worth and purpose has been wrapped up in a cosmic struggle of good-vs-evil.
The fact that such a struggle really doesn’t exist doesn’t deter them. They’ll just make it up as they go…