Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wanna See Something Really Scary?

From the first victim in a war on TERROR is language file....

Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson, of London's Metropolitan Police, said the swoop by anti-terror police had disrupted a bid to cause "untold death and destruction" on flights between Britain and the United States.

"We can't stress too highly the severity that this plot represented. Put simply, this was intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale," he told a news conference.

Unimaginable? After 9/11? After the daily news from Iraq? After the recent weeks of Hezbollah v. Israel? After movies and video games?

Not to mention, if the people who have to be wily enough to stop these things can't imagine them, how can they protect us?

Look, I don't doubt there are people plotting horrible things. But if we act as henny-penny when we stop their plot as we might act if the plot had succeeded, they've kind of won. After all, the goal is TERROR and the deaths in a way are merely collateral damage to the further end of making us not want to leave our beds in the morning. I won't even begin to get into the issue of the timing of this, and how with BushCo's past practice you can't help but wonder if it seemed like a good time to take out the fright masks and shout ooga booga again.


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