- The Washington Times - Monday, November 29, 2010


A little more than nine years ago, America suffered a hideous attack conducted not by soldiers armed with sophisticated weapons but by a group of unarmed, resolute enemies piloting commercial aircraft loaded with fuel. The result was so horrific that it forever altered how we Americans conduct our affairs. We asked the government to ensure, at any cost, that it would never happen again.

Since then, we have expended great resources we don’t have to protect us from another tragedy involving aircraft, yet petty attacks keep coming, some so infantile that one must wonder if they weren’t designed for failure. They lull us into a false sense of security but also encourage us to spend even more to ensure our air safety and further bankrupt us.

We now find ourselves, billions of dollars later, at a point where the argument about the solution may cost as much as the solution itself. We’ve degenerated to a point where we are willing to trade our liberty and privacy for safety in air travel, yet the paranoia remains.

Successes and failures in air-travel security are highly visible and costly. What about the rest of the country, such as schools, stadiums and malls? Can we ask the government to guarantee their safety? Can government do this? Should it? If so, at what cost?

It is time for America to realize that a be-all, do-all government is more a part of the threat than it is part of the solution. The only solution always has been and always will be an educated, cohesive, God-fearing and vigilant citizenry.


Sandy Level, Va.

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