A new piece in the news just today, packages were apprehended today that are seen as possible terrorist threats, mailed from Yemen, and sent to Chicago. Here is the full story from the Los Angeles Times: The Yemen Packages
Now, I am not nor will I ever pretend to be an expert on terrorism plots. 9/11 happened when I was in 5th grade, and at the time I hardly could grasp the significance of it. But now that I am old enough to understand, I see how a country could be turned on its axis by potential roadblocks to life and liberty. We, as a country, are starting to fully become aware that we are not protecting ourselves enough from these possible attacks. Terrorism really has its roots in the making of the Atomic Bomb. Before that, there was never really in the world the threat of total annihilation of an area. But ever since then, there has been increasing drama in the world climate about potential attacks on not only the United States, but the world as a whole. 9/11 only confirmed those fears. And now these attacks further exacerbate the threat, as will all future attacks. I am chilled to the very core by the very notion that we could be wiped out from ostensibly friendly powers in under a day. We, as Americans, always have that cloud looming over our head. What would have happened if we had NOT caught those packages? Tomorrow, we could have not only seen an entire area of the nation blow to smithereens, one that I happen to live in, but the President could have been engulfed in the attack, as he is visiting here tomorrow! This was no coincidence that they sent the packages here. Now Barack Obama and I have our differences, but I cannot believe that there are evil powers out there who would try and kill a President. That may seem like an oversimplification of things, but I can't help it. There are easier ways to settle debates than brute force. This just goes to show that there are evil people lurking in every corner of the world, and we have to assert our power even more as a nation. If the Atomic Bomb started this problem, then it can also teach us some lessons. If that is what it takes to keep our great country the way it is, then so be it. We have entered a dark period in history. One that we are not going to get out of soon. We need to find a way to annihilate this problem. I said before that violence can't solve our problems, but sometimes it is a last resort. The Atomic Bomb was a last resort, and eventually we may have to use technology again to assert our claim that our nation is the biggest superpower in the world. This is my assertion, and the assertion was several.