If someone would have told me even just two years ago (I was with Nan, Elizabeth Santos and Kamla in New York City in February of 2001, just seven months before the 9/11 attacks) that Islamist Terrorists and far off dictatorial regimes would turn our world upside down, I wouldn't have believed it. Everything was so normal back then, or so it seemed.
And yet here we stand on the threshold of another war while still engaged in Afghanistan, voicing the pros and cons, what is the right thing to do, what is the moral thing to do, whose life has more value in the greater scheme of things, etc. Do we continue with the status quo and hope for the best from someone who has proven to be a murdering amoral tyrant, do we go to war, remove him from power and hope that what results will have been worth it? I think the best time to have addressed the Saddam issue would have been about 10 years ago. He has gained too much in the way of weapons in that intervening time period, posing an even greater threat to the stability of the world. Whatever we are able to do, I believe, will be too little too late.
Whether we go to war with Iraq or not I am convinced that the terrorist attacks on the Western world will continue, escalating to the point that we will be forced to live as Israel has had to do. And the Islamist terrorists are only part of the picture, albeit the greatest threat at the moment. We also have to be concerned about China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia in the future (maybe not so distant future).
Hearing the Department of Homeland Security giving us survival tips (3 days of food and water, plastic and duct tape for doors and windows....what a joke)gave me a really bad feeling.....they can't help us at all if it hits the fan. All they can do is offer us survival tips.
I've read survival guides with advice to have about $3,000 to $10,000 in cash (some in gold and/or silver, plus a similar amount available on a Major Bank Card, a country retreat house far away from any major city, stockpiles with 6 to 8 months of drinkable water and foodstuffs, a supply of antibiotics for every member of the family, a shotgun and a handgun for personal protection from looters, rapists, and "infected" fellow law abiding citizens, etc. How many people could afford to do this? Who would want to live like this? If we had the wherewithal to have the money and a country retreat to escape to, would we live through the journey to get there if we have been exposed to biological or radiogical elements? Would someone shoot us when we got there so as not to allow the spread any radiation or disease? Since any attacks would most likely happen during a week day during business hours for maximum destruction, loss of life and chaos, what chance would most of us have if we are not near our homes or "safe" retreats?
Hearing bin Laden tonight calling Muslims everywhere to carry out suicide bombings in America and on American interests around the world didn't help. Every time he releases a tape, a devastating terrorist attack happens.
I never realized how little it could take to destroy our economy and our way of life. It doesn't really take much at all. Even just the threat of violence or a tape from bin Laden wreaks havoc on the stock market (ya think he's buying short?), not to mention the very real threat of our government instituting martial law amidst any possible attack/attacks, threatening what's left of our liberty.
I don't see an encouraging outcome at all, whether we go to war or not. I guess I want someone to convince me that I am wrong. I want my world back.
I guess I want God to work a miracle so that my children and grandchildren can experience the kind of life we used to have here in America, before the nightmare of terrorism, but maybe it's not to be.
[This message has been edited by Denise (02-11-2003 09:39 PM).]