The War on Terror came back into full force yesterday with the revelation that British intelligence uncovered and foiled a plot by terrorists to blow up airplanes headed from the U.K. to the U.S. Yet if you listened to the liberal callers on talk radio the whole thing was a plot by the Republicans and will later be proven to be a lie. Couple that with Ned Lamont who just defeated Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Senate primary saying that this was a result of our policy in Iraq and you have way too many people taking stupid pills.
The terror plot only underscores how vulnerable we are. Short of living in a police state we really won’t be able to truly secure our country against terrorism, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to stop it.
I normally fly about 50,000 miles a year for business and personal reasons so I spend a fair amount of time in airports. Is it more inconvenient to fly after 9/11? Absolutely! Is it a good tradeoff for feeling more secure? Definitely!
My family will undergo the true test of how much has changed as a result of the latest restrictions. They are in London right now and luckily arrived the day before the plot was revealed so they had a rather uneventful trip. That will change when they fly back home in another week or so. If the restrictions against gels, liquids, carry on luggage and electronic devices are still in effect which I expect they will be my family will be miserable. Nothing like having to trust your ipods and noise canceling headsets to the world of checked luggage. We suffered luggage theft a few years ago on a trip to Asia so there are risks. But I think they would easily agree to risk their personal possessions if it meant a safe return home. Stuff can be replaced, lives can’t.
In the end I think this will be a good lesson for my children. They have done some traveling in their lives, but they can’t remember what it was like before 9/11. For them they will certainly learn that freedom is not free.