In Your Face

In Your Face
Thought provoking opinions on topical issues.

Friday, March 21, 2003

Heightened Threat Levels

I am member of an internet community, and one of our group in the USA sent a message yesterday; in which she expressed her worries regarding the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.

I offered her and the group my opinion, which I have posted below.

"Take heart, speaking as a Brit whose country endured five years of Nazi bombing and thirty odd years of the ocassional IRA bomb we have learnt one or two things.

1 Heightened anxiety, so long as it does not become uncontrolled panic, improves vigilance. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

2 FDR was correct when he said, albeit in response to different issues, "we have nothing to fear but fear itself".

3 Act on fact, not rumour.

4 Stiff upper lip, I know it is a trite and hackneyed expression. However, when the chips are down; believe me it is an effective weapon against those that seek to disrupt your lives and cause fear.

Resolution, determination and focus are the qualities that people need to "dig deep" for during periods of increased international upheaval."