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posted 5/9/2011 9:32:45 AM |
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  sugarnspice005

Now that Bin Laden is dead? Interesting question. I saw it on a poll on a news site. With Bin Laden dead, is the world safer? No. Al Qaeda is still out there, Hamas is still out there, along with other terrorist groups. The death of just one individual does not make the world any safer. The extremists are still out there, and now vowing revenge for the death of their lunatic leader.

They hated us before, now, with Bin Laden's death, it's been intensified. Don't need the news to tell me that they are going to increase their efforts to avenge his death. Common sense will tell anyone that is going to happen. And I'm fairly certain our military leaders are well aware of that. Which makes me glad we have the military we do have because they are the best. They volunteer to protect this country, they aren't ordered to sign up. I know, there is selective service which the men have to sign up for when turning 18. But, for the most part, our men and women in the military are there voluntarily. So, feeling safer. I've always felt safe here at home in the U.S. I'd see the stories on the news about the terrorists with the bombings and the homicide bombings, and they were always "a world away". Then, in '93, the World Trade Center bombing happened. Wake up call..they can get into our country and try their tactics. Those who perpetrated that bombing got caught, tried, and sentenced. And all seemed secure again. Years went by, and we got to relaxing and thinking it wouldn't happen here again. Wrong. 9/11 happened. And that really woke American's up to the fact that terrorists are indeed here in our borders. And the hunt for Bin Laden started in earnest then.

So, here we are, almost 10 years after that devastating attack, and Bin Laden has been taken out of the equation. But, for him being the "idol" of the terrorists, really, he is just one person in a group of many..all his death really does is sting their pride a bit. Doesn't lessen the threat at all. As long as there are radical extremists out there, no country is safe really. Countries with excellent intelligence (intelligence when talking about governments...that's funny! ) are able to stay on top of threats, which I'm thankful that we have our CIA and other agencies that keep on top of what terrorists are up to. Nothing is 100% fool proof. Every day is a new day where they will keep trying, and our military and other officials will keep watch and thwart 98% of their attempts. Why 98%? Like I said, no system is 100% fool proof....some are going to slip through and at least administer a kick. Hopefully we will never see another 9/11, but, we all know that isn't a guarantee.

Memorial Day will be here in a few weeks...it has been called the "kick off for summer"...but it's so much more than that. Besides, the "kick off for summer" for me is green grass, leaves on the trees and NOT hearing my furnace running! Anyway, Memorial Day...it's a day to recognize what our brave men and women do for us, and, to recognize what their families also do for us. It's a day to honor our troops, and, in doing so, we should be honoring their families also because they too are sacrificing a lot for us to be able to live our days without fear, to live in this nation where we are free. But you know..we shouldn't recognize them on just Memorial Day or Veteran's Day, we should always recognize what they do for us. Because they do more for us than any politician can.

Do I feel safer with Bin Laden dead? hmmmmm...actually, with our military, I've always felt safe.

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somnium

May 9 @ 10:49AM  
I find it very interesting that after all these years, the loss of lives of our men and women in our military and 100s of billions of our dollars (only to help make a mess of our economy later), that Bin Laden is finally brought to 'justice' during an election year... just say'n!

And yes, I wouldn't put the above statement past the politicians, whom I have nothing but contempt for! Politicians and politics, it's all about image- has nothing to do with improving our country and citizens- only themselves (politicians)... period!


Wordsofwit

May 9 @ 10:58AM  
I never personally felt unsafe to begin with as I am never anyplace terrorists strike like on a plane or in some other country.

Bin Laden is finally brought to 'justice' during an election year.

2010 was an election year. 2012 will be an election year. 2011 is not an election year.

RJ53

May 9 @ 11:25AM  
Terrorist out of the Middle East are a threat. Some domestic nutcase in a mall with a gun is a threat. (That happened here in Fayetteville last year) Someone who is in some domestic fringe group out there can be a threat. The point it there will always be someone out there to fear if we think in those directions. They have been there since the beginning of time and the only difference now is they have better weapons.

Personlly I am more afraid of getting hit by an idiot driving a car through a red light while trying to cross Ireland drive on foot one day because it is more likely to happen to me.

The world has never been a "safe" place and as long as humans exist it never will be. All we can really control is our own reactions.

Do I feel safer? I don't feel less safe or more safe because Bin Laden had more become a symbol of the problem to me than the problem itself. The problem is some guy out there who has bought into their bullshit and who will actually try to carry out some plan hatched in his own brain. It can be someone who bought into the bullshit coming from al qaeda or someone who has bought into the bullshit of some fringe religious group in this country or it could be some guy who is pissed off at the world and decides he is going to go out in blaze of glory and take as many people as possible with him. I give credit to law enforcement and the military that most of these people do not get to carry out whatever plan they thought up.

I know who I am thankful for. The computer geek in the military sitting somewhere in the middle east in a truck with equiptment intercepting information from phone calls, online activity and radio signals because if you think about it they are the first line of defense in protectiing you. It is the people you don't see who are keeping you safe.
sugarnspice005

May 9 @ 12:17PM  
Bin Laden is finally brought to 'justice' during an election year... just say'n!

And yes, I wouldn't put the above statement past the politicians, whom I have nothing but contempt for! Politicians and politics, it's all about image-



2010 was an election year. 2012 will be an election year. 2011 is not an election year.

Actually, with the way it goes...2011 is a "pre" election year. The media is already rallying behind who they think should run against Obama in 2012.

The world has never been a "safe" place and as long as humans exist it never will be

Exactly!

I never personally felt unsafe to begin with as I am never anyplace terrorists strike like on a plane or in some other country.

Same here. I live in an area that they most likely pay no attention to because it wouldn't have the impact like New York, Chicago, etc..
PinkToeNails

May 9 @ 12:45PM  
I don't think safe is something I will ever feel living in this area. We have Oak Ridge National Laboratories and all the TVA dams around here. If these dam were to break or be destroyed, it could possibly wipe out almost the entire TN valley region with massive floods. But ORNL alone is a major target itself. Security is always on high alert there.
somnium

May 9 @ 12:45PM  
2010 was an election year. 2012 will be an election year. 2011 is not an election year.

I meant as sugar says: a "pre" election year. You DO get my drift though WoW... right??


RevDocLove

May 9 @ 2:49PM  
My Mom always told me I was a Holy Terror..
flavorbuster

May 9 @ 5:08PM  
The world has never been a "safe" place and as long as humans exist it never will be
True so know your surroundings & never let your guard down. I don't feel unsafe really at all because I'm always alert & don't have any fear but I do proceed with caution in places I'm not familiar with. As far as your topic question the answer is no.
40DWM

May 9 @ 5:19PM  
Green Thangy, as in, good topic.
Personally, I'm as snug as a bug in a rug. Live in the sticks, work just a hair
closer to civilization, have a few solar panels, and lots of can goods.
What worries me, if the nutters set off a Nuke in Europe like they warned.
I'm thinking Mecca as a second strike retaliation.....?????

Hell in a hand basket, real quick.
TwistAndShout

May 9 @ 6:59PM  
In the short run, I think it's a wash. Al Quaeda will want to retaliate, which increases the danger. On the other hand, the Seals grabbed a lot of intel at bin Laden's compound that will force Al Quaeda to abandon some plots that were already being considered and that perhaps were operationally in the works.

The main reason for killing bin Laden was to show that you can't order attacks on the United States and escape justice.

I never personally felt unsafe to begin with as I am never anyplace terrorists strike like on a plane or in some other country.

I fly pretty frequently and I travel abroad at least once every couple years. I can't say I feel unsafe flying or traveling abroad.

On the other hand, I often drive on I-95 between Richmond and NY, through Washington, Baltimore, Philly, and Newark. That sometimes scares the living shit out of me, but it has little to do with Al Quaeda.

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