Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
I once was putting on my shoes to go about my daily routine when I saw a pebble in my shoe. I stuck my hand in the shoe only to find web interfering with my quest to remove the pebble. I dismissed it at first, but upon further review, a black widow had decided my shoe to be somehow inhabitable. I'm not fond of dying at a young age. I also don't want to spend my day in a hospital trying to remedy poisoning. It caused quite the stir in my head and scarred me. I upped my shoe checking habits tenfold. For months I didn't feel safe putting on a shoe without a full inspection. But at some point I had to drop the act. There's not always going to be a black widow in my shoe. Its something that only happens successfully under a bevy of permitting circumstances. So eventually, I stopped checking my shoes so thoroughly and got on with my life.
The moral of the story here is that things like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor are going to happen. And while we should take a lesson from those events, we can't spend the rest of our years as a nation in paranoia. As much as I'd love to, I'll never kill every black widow on the face of this earth. Likewise, we're never going to catch every terrorist or all who wish us harm. We probably won't be successful in reforming Afganistan as we'd like. We can still check our shoe and probably will from now on, but we can't live in fear forever. We need to keep vigilant, but we also need to realize that fear, at large, is an illusion. That being said, we can only act upon fear so much without harming ourselves.
Wise to keep an eye out for threats, piss poor policy to spent the family into ruin by attempting to kill every snake or scorpion in the desert.
Another poster is of the opinion as long as Americans continue to die overthere we have not killed enough of 'them'.
How warped is that? We should have learned by now that trying to enforce our opinion on the world with military force will always have blow-back and cause deaths to our troops, do it enough and we have 9-11's.
One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter, or don't you remember how much support the IRA got from US Citizens?
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress & the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
- Abraham Lincoln
You REALLY need to go learn about our Revolution in the South- brutal, vicious, no quarter offered to man or woman as long standing feuds were settled under the guise of fighting the War.
Of course you skip right over the IRA and other 'Christian' Terrorist groups....
One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter...