Price we pay for security

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

The terrorist attack in Paris made the world realize that no one is safe from terrorist attacks. No longer can nations ignore or marginalize the threat of terrorism that is ever proliferating our lives. We must accept the reality that we live in a world with sick and maniacal people and groups bent on imposing their unwanted views and practices on innocent and law abiding individuals throughout the world. Ironically, these self-appointed militant radicals are operating on what they claim as religious doctrines to enforce and express their proposed views globally. Groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS have no regard for human life, often killing innocent civilians—especially women and children. These groups pose a worldwide threat that must be tackled by the global community working together to eradicate these ominous threats.

However there are measures that are being initiated here in the United States that may impede on our constitutional rights or greatly inconvenience citizens on a daily basis. There will be greater gun control laws enacted and more profound searching methods enforced in public venues. Every form of communication, whether by computer or cell phone, will possibly be monitored. While many people will feel violated, they must understand that the cost to feel safe and protected comes at the cost of our individual privacy.

Homeland Security will incorporate policies and practices that will possible vilify and demonize innocent people, but that will be done under the scope of protecting the best interests of all people as a whole. You can look forward to seeing discriminatory practices, racial profiling, and denial of constitutional rights being attributed by law enforcing agencies under the guise of protecting the safety of the greater population.

While many citizens are going to be upset with some of the practices, they will acquiesce or succumb in order to feel safe and protected. It will not be until the average citizen is effected personally, and they are presumed guilty or denied their constitutional rights, that they will realize the flaws of unconventional measures enacted to try to combat terrorism here in the United States.

Ethnic groups and people’s religious doctrines and practices will be scrutinized and unconventional people will be labeled as possible terrorists. The sad part is that some people are so scared that their fear will help them welcome tactics they know are dehumanizing and racist. The need by the majority of people to feel safe will probably supersede any unsavory measure enforced or practiced to acquire this sense of security. But many will argue that we can’t blame Homeland Security for doing the job it was set up to accomplish, protecting the United Stated from terrorist attacks.

There will continue to be mentally sick people and those looking for public attention targeting innocent people in public places to hurt and kill. There are measures that can be taken to deter or minimize such horrendous activities, but it is unrealistic to believe that we can totally eradicate such behavior. Such prevalent acts can be attributed to a sign of the times, but we can work together to minimize such behavior.

We need to be more visual and verbal in reporting suspicious activities around us. But better yet, we must not let fear dominate our lives to the point we cannot enjoy our friends and communities.

While we don’t know the answers to totally stopping terrorism, love for each other and humanity is the most effective tool for fighting it.