Wednesday, August 30, 2006


The Campaign of Fear, that is.

According to Reuters, a Quinnipiac University Poll indicates that "Most Americans expect a terrorist attack on the United States in the next few months and support the screening of people who look 'Middle Eastern' at airports and train stations."

More specifically, the poll shows that "62 percent of Americans were 'very worried' or 'somewhat worried' that terrorists would strike the nation in the next few months," while "60 percent . . . said authorities should single out people who look 'Middle Eastern' for security screening at locations such as airports and train stations."

"The next few months." Well, today's August 30, making November 7 just over two months away. November 7 is Election Day. "Just over two months" probably fits under the tent of "the next few months," right? Next thing you know, incumbant Senators, the Vice President, and the Secretary of Defense will start telling us we'd better keep them in office if we want to be safe from "the terrorists."


Somehow I never thought it would be this simple. In 1984, the Inner Party at least needed the threat of punishment and outright torture to lead the masses. In reality, though, the current Adminstration needs only to say something a few times, and voila, it becomes true.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are more worried about terrorism than an actual war with Iran? People in this country have never seen the horrific effects of war, except on tv. If a major war were ever fought here I think they would be the first ones screaming "nuke the SOBs!". Of course, we expect more restraint from our enemies.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

People in this country have never seen the horrific effects of war, except on tv.

And incidentally, as residents of Okl City & NY City, respectively, both you & I have have seent he effects of terror attacks. And neither one of us is carping for "more & more & more" protection.

I gues we're the crazy ones, Mort.

1:21 PM  

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