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Protecting the U.S.

By PAM BERNS
The new draft of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate warns us that al-Qaeda is trying to escalate its efforts to place its operatives in the U.S.  Our Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune the other day that he had a “gut feeling” that our country is in greater danger of attack by terrorists this summer. He said that he came to that conclusion based on recent warnings by al-Qaeda, the fact that other terrorist attacks have taken place in the summer, the ability of the group to be able to train in South Asia, and the escalating attacks in Europe and North Africa. The report says that al-Qaeda has a safe location in Pakistan near the Afghanistan border. Can you imagine what would have happened if Bush wouldn’t have taken our eye off the ball in Afghanistan and would have pursued bin Laden instead of diverting our troops to invade Iraq? Bush’s reckless “gut feelings” have endangered the free world. Terrorists and insurgents in Mesopotamia have been able to recruit others because of our horribly managed war on a country that did not invade us nor cause 9/11. The repercussions of our occupation in Iraq and our failure to arrest bin Laden in Afghanistan may play out in countless terrorist attacks on the U.S. and on our “coalition of the willing” friends throughout the world. Chertoff must be held responsible for protecting the U.S. citizens, not scaring them. What can we as individual citizens do with such information? We do not have access to intelligence nor the ability to control our borders. Do we avoid malls? Highrise buildings? Airports?

Published: July 15, 2007