A terrorist attack, a young baby in the house, and now a deadly toxin sent to a member of Congress. Am I talking about this week, or am I talking about 2001?
Maybe a bit of both.
This week has felt a lot like the end of 2001 when our entire world changed forever. My 11 year old son, about to be 12, doesn’t know a world with the twin towers. He doesn’t know of a world without TSA or the Patriot Act. He doesn’t know these things, and he likely never will.
What world will my one year old daughter know?
Changes are coming. In light of the horrible events that unfolded in Boston, I have no doubt that Congress will soon spring to action in an effort to prevent future attacks. What will they push through in an effort to make us “safe”?
Folks, it won’t work. Law enforcement are seeing parallels between the bombs used in Boston with those Al Queda instructs supporters to build. However, this one is reported to have used gun powder. Some will argue that we need to restrict gun powder and probably ammunition. However, the same manual from Al Queda instructs would be bomb makers to scrape the heads of matches and mix them with sugar to make their explosive compounds. Are we going to restrict matches and sugar too?
By all means, find the person or people responsible for this. Bring them to justice. On this, all Americans truly are united.
Terrorists can change their tactics in a heartbeat. You will never be able to keep up with what they’re doing. They’re dedicated to committing illegal acts. They will find a way to pull off their bomb making. They’ll keep making bombs.
Instead, time and resources are better spent making sure the law enforcement and intelligence communities have the necessary resources to find these people. This does not mean destroying our privacy rights, or destroying the Constitution. It means making sure they have the numbers and equipment necessary to do things the right way and still find the bad guy.
Time and resources are better spent training first responders how to deal with such events when they happen. Those who try to protect us have to be right all the time. The terrorists only have to be right once. Future attacks will, unfortunately, happen. However, the relatively low loss of life in Boston is a testament to the first responders (who just happened to be there to assist with race casualties).
It feels like 2001 all over again. Let’s not make the same mistakes.