So I'm getting tired of always being told that I'm supposed to be afraid. I'm supposed to be afraid of bad cholesterol, processed sugar, and those dreaded carbs. I'm supposed to be afraid of drivers with cell phones, violent video games, and sex in cinema. I'm supposed to be afraid of world government, high taxes, and the French. But most of all, I'm supposed to be afraid of terrorism. I'm supposed to be so afraid of terrorism that I do whatever is asked of me. I'll remove my shoes at the airport, I won't complain when my baggage is searched without cause or explanation, and I won't be upset when the TSA decides my toenail clippers are a prohibited deadly weapon. I'm so afraid I'll let the government search my home without telling me, let them track what books I've been reading and let them spy on me at every street corner with cameras that use facial recognition technology. I'm so afraid that I'll sacrifice anything, as long as it's my rights and not my standard of living, to make sure that I won't be afraid anymore. Except that the fear doesn't go away. It stays, a constant reminder that in the next five minutes, I could be dead by way of airplane, chemical, or nuclear attack. I'm reminded of this constantly by my government, which wants me to know that it's doing all it can to protect me from the Terrorists, or Islamic Extremists, or Enemies of Freedom, or Saddam. There is always one more bad guy to be captured or killed (no longer captured and brought to trial). One more threat that could surface at any time! but especially if I let internationalism get in the way of military "success". Our leader wants to kill all the bad people, and that's good, right? That would end this constant, nagging fear, wouldn't it? We are the strongest nation in the world, there's no way we could lose. Everyone wants to be us...except those who hate us for who we are and want us dead. Our freedoms are their enemy, but our policies are their allies. It's us they hate, not our actions. We hate Them for their actions, but they hate Us for who we are. But if they hate Us and not our actions, then the only way to win is to get rid of Them. Changing our actions, or our attitudes, or our policies could never help, because We would still be here, and They would still be here to threaten Us. No, They must go, and I must trust that someday they will all be gone and that I will be safe. It's not as if I, myself, personally have done anything wrong. I couldn't be doing anything to deserve this fear. I shouldn't have to change anything, I just go to work everyday, and I have to live with the constant reminder that I might die. Who are they to make me feel this way? I must let my government handle the problem. After all, they're the best government in the world, in the best country in the world, with a leader who will never let the terrorists get to me or mine. Again. Right?