I have just finished reading ENOUGH!!! and all the replies and I wanted to reply there, but what I have to say is a little broader than "react."
The thought of fighting an unseen war scares the hell out of me. Luckily for me, my husband is no longer a US Marine, but an Army National Guardsman, and his duty would be more along the lines of homeland defense. It bothers me that what seems like a large percentage of the American population believes that retaliation must be forecoming.
I am ecstatic that patriotism seems to be seeping into every Americans' pores. Especially since this time last year, the exit rate of the military forces were at an extreme high and enlistment was at an extreme low. I am not saying "pick up a rifle, soldier," but yet so many people are quick to send off our military to fight this unseen war.
I KNOW this is their job. I have lived this for the last eight years of my life. They will do what their commander-in-chief sends them to do.
Let me clarify this unseen war. We have no definite targets at this time. How do you fight terrorists? You have to find them first...and no matter how many heads you cut off, another will grow its ugly head in its place.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of so many innocent lives. People from our own community lost their lives at the Pentagon. I hate to ask, but how many innocent lives would we take in a retaliation?
I worry. I think that anyone that thinks for more than a minute a day would have to. Consumer confidence has been low all year long. This nation's economy has been hanging in the balance. I believe it will hold...but I am an idealist. I don't want to live in fear and I don't want to give up any freedoms that our military has fought for throughout the years. The most important thing is for people to go on without the fears, continue on with the American way of life. Reflect, but don't let it consume you.
Please forgive me for my rambling, I just had to let out the frustration welling up inside me.
Reply, don't reply...just don't let our nation fall apart because of fears.
Don't care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don't give up and use the chance
To return to innocence.