“Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets.” “The plot triggered worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new terror campaign.” “One of the packages was found aboard a cargo plane in Dubai, the other in England.” “Preliminary tests indicated the packages contained the powerful industrial explosive PETN, the same chemical used in the Christmas attack, U.S. officials said.” “Intelligence personnel had been monitoring a suspected plot for days, officials said.” “The packages in England and Dubai were discovered after Saudi Arabian intelligence picked up information related to Yemen and passed it on to the U.S., one official said.” “The Yemeni government has stepped up counterterrorism operations, with help from the U.S. military and intelligence officials.” (Sullivan, Eileen and Apuzzo, Matt, 10/29/2010, Associated Press, Terror plot thwarted as US-bound explosives seized, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
After this story, many experts were quick to point out that this is something that we should not be happy about. They say that those who spend many of their waking moments doing nothing but trying to keep this nation safe should not take a small bow as a quick thank you for all of the hard work that they do. They wish to impart their wisdom upon us and remind us that they are called the experts for a reason so they make sure that we understand that even though there was no loss of life or destruction of property, the terrorist still won. They explain it in the manner of the fanfare caused by this act and the over exposure this story has generated. They say that as long as we panic and run around like a chicken with our heads cut off, the terrorists win.
While I can understand their point, I only wished that they had been clearer in their description of what is meant when they say panicking. I wished that they had explained that if the media constantly talks about this event and nothing but this event then that may be what they mean about panicking. When the president came on, made his speech about this event then left to continue his day, that was not considered panicking. Basically, I say this, while it is important not to panic, it is equally important to remain on alert.