Originally posted by Daniel411
You probally have a better chance of being struck by lighting than being struck by a terrorist in the mid-west.
Daniel, that's jut not the world we live in anymore. We were attacked by terrorists. Remember the OKC bombing? They used some our own home grown government haters. There is video of Nichols and McVeigh hanging out in OKC with some Iraqi's that were relocated here after the Gulf war and there are documents proving Nichols took trips to the Phillipines where he visited Al Queda training camps. The government will not release those tapes or the tapes from the buildings surrounding the Murrah building although there are people lobbying congress to get them released. The FBI withheld thousand of pages of information related to the investigation. We had the same terror and fear all that day of the Murrah building bombing as did those in New York. I had a cousin and his father in that building but, they got out alive. For weeks you couldn't drive around this area without seeing funerals and fresh graves. Since 9/11 it's been easier to sweep the remaining questions about the OKC bombing under the rug but, around here we still want answers.
On August 1st of this year a good friend of mine was at a wake boarding competition that he and another friend started five years ago. He was standing in a group of about 30 people in a camping area at around 8pm at night. He was struck by lightening which entered the top of his head and shot out through his fingers and toes. He was dead before he hit the ground. The people he was talking with felt no more than a strong static shock. The nearest thunder storm was 5 miles away. Jason was 29 years old and left a widow and a 4 year old daughter.
I'll still go west to the beach for Christmas and I'll still enjoy and do everything I would do before but I am no longer as naive as I used to be. Maybe that's part of the answer to Sammy's question. Americans suck it up, voice their opinions, use their vote, use their dollars, volunteer for their country's military, and keep going after their "American" dream even in the face of great adversity.