Quote Of The Day

From Bruce Schneier, who suggests that because the Washington Monument would be very difficult to secure against terrorist attack, it deserves a more fitting response from our Feckless Feds:

I think we should close the monument entirely. Let it stand, empty and inaccessible, as a monument to our fears.

An empty Washington Monument would serve as a constant reminder to those on Capitol Hill that they are afraid of the terrorists and what they could do. They’re afraid that by speaking honestly about the impossibility of attaining absolute security or the inevitability of terrorism — or that some American ideals are worth maintaining even in the face of adversity — they will be branded as “soft on terror.” And they’re afraid that Americans would vote them out of office if another attack occurred. Perhaps they’re right, but what has happened to leaders who aren’t afraid? What has happened to “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”?

An empty Washington Monument would symbolize our lawmakers’ inability to take that kind of stand — and their inability to truly lead.

RTWT, as they say…

  • Linda

    It should be fairly obvious that our current leadership is afraid to lead. Look at how many near misses, and 1 actual hit, we’ve had in the last 2 years, and yet our Executive Branch of Government is afraid to condemn the perpetrators. The EB seems to want to just give them a slap on the wrist and a time out in the corner. Where is the backbone?

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/ Brad Warbiany


    I don’t think the last two years are any different than the previous eight. You can “condemn” terrorists all you want — condemnation ain’t gonna deter them.

    If you read the entire piece by Schneier, you’ll see that he’s advocating that we grow up and come out of the fetal position long enough to realize that the world isn’t safe and that we can’t make it 100% so. Some security is meaningful, but we can’t make people take off their shoes and go through backscatter x-rays to ride the bus, go to the post office, or go to a national monument and still call ourselves a free and adult country.

  • Akston

    Perhaps they could rebuild it as a padded bouncy castle and in a more appropriate flaccid form.

    About the same number of people died from peptic ulcers in 2007 as died in 9/11. Twice as many Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention the 1.4 million Iraqis and 7000 Afghanis).

    While this in no way excuses the atrocity perpetrated on 9/11, perhaps it puts things in a broader perspective. If terrorist actions terrify residents of “the land of the free and home of the brave” into reshaping America into a police state, who’s winning this war, exactly?