posted on Aug, 26 2006 @ 06:56 PM
I think you've put your finger on something important. Becasue the situation today doesn't look as bad, it's being downplayed by Western media and
career diplomats. the pernicious truth of the thing is that it doesn't look as bad because the Old Guys in power today can't remember anything like
it. If and when they hear argument from people like those who post here, they try to relate them to their own experience, which is lacking.
I myself have never been to war. I am Legally Blind, so the army won't take me. Even so, I come from a long line of soldiers, so I'm surrounded by
the effects of war almost every day. As a trained historian and political scientist, I can put what I see and expeirence in to a context that
matters. The lesson I learn is that past history matters.
The people in office today dodged Vietnam, which was my father's war. The same people who dodged Vietnam presided over Genada, Panama, and the Fall
of the Soviet Union. When you get right down to it, THAT is their perspective on the politics that can potentially lead to war. As evidence, I
submit the execution and outcome of the first Gulf War. These pampered men and women who have lead us in to the present circumstances suffer from the
same bias that afflicted Neville Chamberlain.
They can only act on what they know. Trouble is, their wealth and power tend to insulate them from the consequences of their actions, while cutting
them off from the people who have real-world experience. They surround themslves by people who think like they do becuase they can. As time passes,
they lose touch with the "common sense" that the rest of us rub shoulders with every day, because we don't have the power nor the money to relish
and become addicted to that kind of "privacy."
When people like us post on boards like ATS, we are staying in touch with the real world. We routinely come in to contact with things that we don't
want to see or to hear. It's a reality check that we have...that they don't. Our job, as good citizens, is to force that reality check on them by
telling our leaders what we want, and why. Each time you make a phone call, send an e-mail, or write a letter, you are intruding on the private
self-made world of an elected official. If they get stupid and choose to ignore you...the will risk being voted out of office.
That's how you reduce the odds against another terrorist attack. You force your Representatives and Senators to act on the issues of national
security, or you vote 'em out. If they don't get the point, you write or call and remind them. If they remain arrogant, you go to the polls and
vote your conscience.
If that's not enogh, try using your voice while you've still got it. Anyone with a newspaper subscription can see what trends are now in play, and
what dark times are coming. Write a letter to the editor of your lorcal paper several times a year. Pst of ATS and other boards. Get together with
friends over lunch and decide who you're your gonna vote for. If you really wanna get nuts, write a book.
It's true that we do rely on our leaders to prevent another 9-11 attack, but history has proven that we need to give THEM guidance and direction.
The state of politics todays provesthat the advice they gave us isn't working. Like so many of you, I didn't think I could be heard even if I
bothered to speak up. Today, I'm in a position that I never dreamed possible. I reach people, and that's very humbling.
The examples you see in this thread don't even begin the scratch the surface of this very large and deep subject. Pre-vention doesn't mean that we
stop something from ever happening. It means that we make such a terrible thing less likely. That, by itself, should force us to act positively and
to good effect...when the next terror attack does happen. Until our enemies fear being caught, they will always attack without shame.