2002-09-28 / Editorial/Opinion

A Frightening Premonition

A Frightening Premonition

The following editorial was published in the April 21, 1995 issue of The Wave:

When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in 1993, Americans were appalled. Now, terrorists have attacked the "heartland" of America with a bombing in Oklahoma City, where bodies are still being counted three days after the attack. We must repeat what we suggested at the time of the World Trade Center bombing. Do not downsize the military, and we must retrain members of the Armed Forces to become part of a national police force. Let them guard military installations, buildings (such as the World Trade Center), the monuments in Washington, D.C., and any other places that might present a target to terrorists and their bombs. If the idea of a national police force, in the form of military personnel, is unacceptable, then let the military do the training part. Let the federal government pick up the tab for placing these military police forces around the country. There is no possible way to completely eliminate the threat of terrorism. However, we can, and should, do everything in our power to make it almost impossible for terrorists to attack. A cop, or military personnel on every corner, or wherever possible, will go a long way towards easing the minds of the public. We may look like a third world country with all the extra military might around, but there is no shame in safety.

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