More airport security won't do much to stop terrorists. Leaving the Middle East would.
Ending US interference, including military support for Israel, could significantly reduce the rationale for terrorist acts.
Earlier this week, Osama bin Laden praised the Christmas Day attack in which a Nigerian-born man living in London attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane by igniting explosives in his underwear.
Mr. bin Laden's endorsement, along with recent attacks in Baghdad, raise concerns about a new round of attacks against the United States. Politicians, security experts, and pundits have therefore called for heightened security measures at airports and on airplanes.
It won't work without addressing why there are attacks to begin with.
Additional security measures may prevent a few attacks, at least until terrorists learn to circumvent the new policies. But these measures will have little lasting impact, as with many past tactics, because they do nothing to reduce the demand for terrorism against the US.
If the desire to engage in a certain activity is not reduced, attempts to raise the costs (such as harsher punishment) of such an activity do not matter much.
Continue reading Suppose Hizballah, Hassan Nasrallah, and the Mullahs of Iran understand the American People far better than we think?.
This entire thesis rests on the arrogant anthrocentric assumption that it's ALL ABOUT US. This entire mode if thinking ignores 'insignificant' items of indisputable history:
- Spain and Portugal 711
- France 732
- Persia 651
- Byzantine Nations including Israel 634
- Southern Italy 827
- Wallachia and Southeastern Europe, ~1400
- Austria 1529-1683
- Indian Subcontinent, 12 century ongoing
Nasrallah's dream, and the Iranians' confidence comes from their faith that god will make americans weak, not in the field, but by coming up with rational men whose aversion to all risk will end our ability to survive and thrive ANYWHERE, placing us in retrograde motion, EVERYWHERE.
In this world the first rule of survival is this: If you are not growing you are shrinking. That is true personally, in business, and as a nation. The idea of a plateau is an invention of a shrinking society's risk averse cowards to justify the act of doing nothing while they shrink, and pass less onto their descendants.
Less in their way of life.
Less in their freedom of action.
Less in their economic dreams.
Less in THEIR own dreams for THEIR own children.
Less, finally, of their own freedoms.
LAW OF NATURE
You wrote: today one could argue quite effectively that a plurality (at a minimum) of Muslims agree that all conquests cultural, by peoples, movements, and finally and most importantly, religiously MUST go forward as prescribed, in the way of Allah, by other means. The ultimate goal is that the call to prayer be heard everywhere, and that all means of dawa succeed. This has NOTHING to do with where investor's decide it's a good idea to put McDonald's, or if a young lady's desire to BE DESIRED is expressed in a tight pair of Levis. What WE do, how WE act can never be more than an IRRITANT in their motion.
I say: Very well put. This is a truth which is missed by all the polls of Muslims, which ask whether they support terrorism, or the imposition of Sharia.
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