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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The only thing we have to fear... 

Did it ever occur to anyone to consider why we call it the "War on Terror"? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to get into the middle of a political brouhaha, I'm just trying to encourage us all to think and speak clearly on issues.

Who is it that we really want to defeat here? I'm guessing you can't go too wrong by saying "terrorists". It seems pretty reasonable to declare war on them. The problem is that they can be stinking hard to find sometimes. So I can understand the next leap in logic, in that if you can't figure our who the terrorists are to declare war on them, then you just declare war on their tactics. Thus, a war on "terrorism" seems like a good thing to fight. I think problems begin to ensue when you can't agree on a good definition of that, so you go and declare war on the "terror" that terrorists try to evoke through their terrorism.

Let's not fight against the people causing the terror or even the against the methods they employ. No, instead let's eradicate merely our fear of them, because like FDR said, that's the only thing we really have to fear.

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The war on terror will never end, and its such a great tool for increasing the power of the federal government.


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