|"Now I can't get it out of my head how unsafe we are. I can't get it out my head how much I believe that unless we destroy this enemy with the same deliberate force that we used to destroy our enemies in World War II, including the use of unthinkable weapons when it was clearly necessary to do so, my dreams of what my children and their children will want are, quite simply, so much pipe smoke."|
It is there that James J. Cramer hits upon the reason for my anger, the reason I have gone over to the side of the war-criers. Two reasons (1,2) why I feel the need to take action and protect our future.
I fear for the future of my children. I fear if they even have a future at all. I want them to have a life free of the dark cloud of terrorism. I want them to feel safe and free like I have for most of my life. I don't want them to shudder every time a plane passes overhead. I don't ever again want to have to explain to them why children from another country are dancing in the streets as we mourn.
Peaceful settlements and understandings are the pipe-dreams. This should be realized by now. You do not negotiate or come to understandings with madmen. You take away their weapons, you take away their army, you take away their ability to strike at you. If we don't do this, we will face more days like September 11. The next time it happens, perhaps 3,000 dead will seem like nothing. Perhaps it will be you, or me, or our children buried under rubble.
They are still out there. The people who did this to the United States are still out there, still planning and plotting. And they are not the only ones. A commentator on television today compared Iraq to Eddie Haskell. Only thing is, while Eddie Haskell may have been annoying and arbrasive, he was mostly harmless. Iraq is not Eddie Haskell and we are certainly not the goofy little kid named Beaver.
We must stop them before they take what we have left away from us. We must stop them before my children have nothing to look forward to. I fear war and its repercussion, but I fear more what will happen if we do not make the first move.
With our without war or Saddam or any of the other countries who want America vanquished, I am still angry. I am pissed. My kids live in fear of airplanes flying overhead. They jump out of their skin when they hear a siren. The remnants of last September are still here, still being felt, still causing shockwaves.
I don't ever want them to go through this again.