Since 9/11 we have become so traumatized worrying about similar recurrences that we have decided that we need to punish ourselves by having to pay to be frisked like common criminals before we are allowed to board flights. Never mind the fact that we must arrive at airports an hour or two before flight time because of the fear terrorists have instilled in us.
At a time when our economy is in such dire straits, American taxpayers are being forced to pick up the tab for 40,000-50,000 airport screeners and air marshals and still live in fear that somehow suicide bombers may figure out a way to get around the screening process and send them to their deaths.
So am I saying that we shouldn’t protect airline passengers? Of course not, but let’s stop letting the terrorists who want to destroy our way of life dictate the terms of our safety. How?
If we would spread the word worldwide that when and if our intelligence information indicates that any Americans have died as the result of terrorist activities, that anyone involved in plotting, aiding and abetting, executing, harboring or in any other way complicit in the killings would pay with their lives regardless of any collateral damage that might occur, we could force others to police their own ranks to preserve their own lives.
Cowboy diplomacy? Damn right, but then I have always thought cowboys were good guys.