I have to admit that when I first began to hear about citizens being warned and yet they still chose to travel, my first thought was just how stupid they must be. All this changed when I read some of the comments contained in this article and seeing things from their point of view. I, for one, will never allow anyone or anything to control me and basically that was what I got from reading these comments. I can agree with many of those who say that not living means the terrorist win and a win is something that we can not give them without a fight. There were some quotes that I could not agree with wholly like the one made by Mr. O’Connell where he stated that he trusted the French government to keep him safe. I disagree with that because it is not all on any government to keep us safe. We must take some ownership of those ourselves.
“Japan issued a travel alert for Europe on Monday, joining the United States and Britain in warning of a possible terrorist attack by al-Qaida or other groups, but tourists appeared to be taking the mounting warnings in stride.” “Business travelers and tourists arriving Monday at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport from the United States said they were aware of the new warnings but weren’t changing their plans.” “I’m very happy to be here in France. I think we’re very safe, and I trust the French government to keep us safe,” said James O’Connell, a 59-year-old from Pittsburgh, arriving in Paris for a 7-day vacation.” “Karen Bilh, a 39-year-old traveler, arrived in Paris from Cincinnati.” “We’ll pay extra caution and if there’s a terror threat, we’ll listen to police in the area.” “We’re excited about the trip,” she said.” “Travelers taking the Eurostar trains between London and Paris were similarly determined not to let the warnings disrupt their plans.” “Jennifer D’Antoni, who owns a retail clothing store in Britain, was in Paris to celebrate her birthday.” “I had a wonderful time and I’ll come back again.” “In fact, I wish I was here for another day because I didn’t get to see everything.” “We are just going to be a bit more cautious getting on the train,” she said. “”Yet Germans – authorities and citizens alike – were not convinced of the need for concern.” “I think it is quite exaggerated,” said Marian Sutholt, 25, of Berlin.” “If you worry all the time, you actually live up exactly to what the terrorists want.” “So you should take things as they come and not worry too much.” “Hopefully nothing will happen.” “But John Gooley, a tourist from Portland, Oregon, was more cautious.” “Berlin is an amazing city, it’s a beautiful city, but I’d probably recommend staying in smaller cities,” he said Monday.” “I am still happy to travel all throughout Europe, but for right now I might avoid Paris, Berlin, London.” “At Washington’s Dulles airport, Jennifer Mackey, an American traveling to Germany, said: “I don’t think we should be in a fear-based society.” “I think if we stop traveling, the so-called quote, unquote ‘enemy’ has won,” she said. “I think life has to carry on.” (Keaten, Jamey, 10/04/2010, Associated Press, Japan warns about terror in Europe; tourists chill, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
To hear so many refusing to “give-in” to those who think nothing about the lives of others and would rather destroy than build makes me fee that the sacrifices of our military protecting the freedoms that we so enjoy is that much more heroic than ever before.