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I vow not to act from anger, vengeance, or hatred. I vow not to act from fear, panic, or terror. I vow not to fight simply based on physical strength. I vow not to encourage others to succumb to their fear. I vow not to surrender my principles.

Bush Is Briefed as the Hijackings Begin

Bush Leaves for Booker Elementary

When Did Bush First Learn of the Attacks?

While the Europeans lived in the dark ages the Muslims lived in a golden age...until centuries ago the civilization began to collapse through economic means and foreign conquest and eventually...was put into THE DARK AGES (yes thats the keyword...).

Inside the Classroom and the Second Plane Crash

Did you know Jews and Muslims lived together like brothers for a thousand years before the Isreali Confict; that caused a huge friction between both sides to the point that many evangelists, zionists and islamists today want you to forget?

I pretty much said the same thing, albeit more generally, in Beyond Fear (page 29):

And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want.

Fear is natural, especially when faced with injury or death. Politicians HAVE BEEN SAYING to NOT be afraid and to go on with life AS USUAL - where does this nut get his ranting untruths. We ARE fighting terrorism with intelligence, but that won't solve the problem although it undoubtedly has prevented some incidents. Terrorist leaders are NOT stupid and are devious so as to fool and lead astray from their true aims and acts. Eventually, mad dogs must be tracked down and destroyed - an unpleasant fact of life.

My guess is that it has, significantly.

Interesting article. My only quibble would be that although the aim of terrorism is to terrorize, it is generally in support of some aim, rather than being an end in itself. This point was made by Mr Schneier in another article.

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If all humans are not living in a life of fear, something is terribly wrong. God is before us. Let's give these bastards something they don't want, imprisonment or excecution.

Americans must learned not to be scared... which is all part of growing up.

I'm going to make a case in point, derive from it what you want.

Hmm, where could someone find a couple thousand people in a completely insecure environment? I know, airport security lines! Whether the terrorists get root on the ground or in the air, we're screwed either way.

Does this mean that if I want to understand the world I have to go outside?

"Terrorism is a crime against the mind"

Recent history has shown that Islamic militants are fixated specifically on blowing airplanes up. There are many easier and more effective ways to cause "terror", but that doesn't seem to be what these guys want. They want to express that they have "power", and are a force to be reckoned with.

So what did the Commander in Chief do with the knowledge that the United States was under attack?

I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and listen for a minute.

Exactly. That's why security measures designed to catch teenage pranksters don't make a whole lot of sense. Now, some terrorists are teenage pranksters. As I've said, airline security catches the sloppy and the stupid. But to catch the serious terrorists we're going to have to do better than to freak every time there's a funny something-or-other on an airplane.