Monday, December 6, 2010

A monument to fear..............

Bruce Schneier says "close the Washington Monument."

"An empty Washington Monument would symbolize our law-
makers' inability to take that kind of stand -- and their
inability to truly lead.

"Some of them call terrorism an "existential threat" against
our nation. It's not."

"An empty Washington Monument would serve as a constant
reminder to those on Capitol Hill that they are afraid of the
terrorists and what they could do. They're afraid that by
speaking honestly about the impossibility of attaining
absolute security or the inevitability of terrorism, or that
some American ideals are worth maintaining even in the
face of adversity -- they will be branded as "soft on terror."
And they're afraid that Americans would vote them out of
office if another attack occurred. Perhaps they're right, but
what has happened to leaders who aren't afraid? What has
happened to "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"?

"Terrorism isn't a crime against people or property. It's a
crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and
destruction of property to make us fearful."

Full essay here.

Thanks to Marginal Revolution  for pointing the way.

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