Becky - posted on 11/22/2010 ( 53 moms have responded )
I'm not even sure I should ask this, because I can see it becomming pretty heated. I hope we can all be respectful! But the last line of the fb status I posted in my other post: "The terrorists won a long time ago & this is beginning to look a lot like a communist regime (papers please)." got me to thinking. Partly because I've seen other statuses and comments to this effect lately too. So, have Americans - or maybe I should expand that to include the whole western world - given up too many of their freedoms and rights in the interest of safety? Have we as westerners become paranoid to the extent that we are willing to give up our civil liberties for some sense of security? Have the terrorists actually won, by causing us to live in fear, constantly looking over our shoulders?
I'm not going to give my opinion on this one right now, mainly because I'm not sure what it is. I do hear about things and think, " wow, that seems a little paranoid to me" or that the government is going too far. But, I'm not an American. I didn't live through 9/11 in the same sense that Americans did. So my perspective on it is probably different, as an outsider. Not saying I'm only interested in what Americans have to say about it though!