Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Terrorists as Pests

Read an article today in the Weekly Standard and was struck by the following quote:

'According to John Diamond in USA Today, Zapatero told El Pais, Spain's leading daily newspaper, that "the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a 'great error' that has aggravated the terrorist threat."

Well, sure it has. And knocking down a giant wasp's nest in your back yard aggravates the wasps, too, but eventually it has to be done. Unless you're okay with your wife and children getting stung and screaming in pain. Again, and again, and again, and again. Or trying to reason with the wasps. Or just pretending they don't exist. Or giving up your back yard and moving.'

I think this is the perfect analogy for our war on terror. The terrorists are wasps who are capable of hurting but not killing us. Yes they are a threat, but not on the same level as say a bear. So terrorists are a concern but not as much of a threat as the Soviet Union was during the Cold War.

(Not much posting today due to serious allergy problems. Sorry.)

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