Friday, June 15, 2007

Amanda Ripley, TIME, considers terrorist wannabes

Recently, Amanda Ripley of TIME Magazine criticized federal prosecutors for having a press conference announcing the capture of NY terrorist wannabes wanting to blow up JFK Airport. In her view, they were not much of a threat and the government shouldn't have 'overhyped' the news because it only makes us 'less safe'.

This is by far the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. Just because terrorist wannabes weren't 'smart enough' or their plans weren't going to work, that doesn't mean they should be taken lightly. Given enough resolve, people will amount to something, whether it be for bad or for good. I mean, who knew that a failed architect/painter named Adolf would someday run Germany and eventually takeover Europe and kill millions of Jews?

We should never underestimate people and their ability to hold on to a cause. To do so would be stupid, as stupid as those whacky plans made by Abdul Hakim Murad in 1996. Filipino intelligent agents found terrorist plans to use planes to hit the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon. The Clinton administration, at the time, having the same mindset as Ms. Ripley now, thought those plans were too crazy to be fulfilled.


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