Sunday, October 19, 2014

We're Losing The War on Terror

This is a previously unpublished entry from my 2013 series on Domestic Terrorism, released in support of National Cyber Security Month (October). My other entries can be found here.

How do I know?

If we were winning, there'd be less security.

Security measures get put in place because you're worried or scared that something might happen. "Worried" and "scared" are synonyms of "terrified," which shares the same root as terrorism.

I've posted previously a simple definition or terrorism, and I'll repost it here:

Any action that causes terror or fear.

As individuals, we may not be living in fear, but as conglomerations and associations, we are. Background checks, security checkpoints, baggage checks, all such things are preventative measures to limit what-we-fear from happening. The US is obsessed with instituting preventative measures.

I understand having those. Preventative measures are good things, in moderation. I have them, and I'm sure most people do. But when you're instituting measures so invasive that they infringe on people's rights, then you're going too far: you perpetuating the idea that we should be afraid.

As for this "war on terror," I'm not convinced my government is on the right side. Wars have more than one side--you have to have someone or something that you're fighting against, even if it's an internal war. If I didn't know any better, I'd suggest the US government was fighting on terror's side.

Oh, wait: I don't know better.