Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The System Works

Treating terrorist acts like the crimes they are is the most effective way of dealing with them, as was demonstrated in England this past week.

Terrorists tried to blow up car bombs in England, and none of the intrusive street cameras or other national snooping had anything to do with it. People on the street saw smoke coming from the cars and alerted police. They tracked down the criminals and arrested them, and another group of incompetent terrorist wanna-bes is in gaol.

The same thing happened during the Clinton Administration in the U. S. Those who blew up the truck under the World Trade Center were hunted down, arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced without having to resort to any unconstitutional Patriot Act, warrantless snooping, or anything else. Criminal actions were prosecuted by the criminal justice system, and it worked.

Meanwhile, the Clinton Administration stopped the attempt by Saddam Hussein to assassinate George H. W. Bush, the terrorist attempts on the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels and LAX and others, all without shredding the Constitution the way the Bush/Rove Administration have. The Clinton Administration was more successful, too.

Meanwhile, the Bush/Rove Administration took military action against the criminal element that had 15 Saudis and four others fly--or attempt to fly--planes into buildings on 9/11/01 and it has been a miserable failure. Terrorist attacks have increased exponentially around the world.

Also, when the had the head of al Qaeda--Osama bin Bush's Friend--surrounded in Afghanistan, they cut and ran to go off and start a war with Iraq, which, as Bush has admitted more than once, had nothing to do with 9/11. Now, his Iraq War is the greatest recruiting tool al Qaeda has ever had.

The system works, if anyone has sense enough to use it.


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