Tuesday, May 18, 2004

We have a critical security situation, that’s right and we need to deal with the defects quickly. But no matter what precautions we take, we cannot be a 100% sure that we can protect every single person, including our leaders and the higher officials who make favorite targets for the terrorists - but we still can make their attempts go in vain by making our leadership *replaceable*.

This idea may seem odd or even a little bit cruel but I can give some further explanations; the terrorists think in the same way their dictator-masters do. They believe that every nation has “and should have” one strong man to lead her and if it happened one day that the nation “lost” this strong man (the Khalifa, in Osama Bin Laden's followers' minds), she will certainly be doomed.

The main point that they fail to capture, is that this idea applies only to totalitarian regimes and does not apply to democracies.

This doesn't mean, at all, that we don't respect our leaders or that we do not appreciate their services. We can take a good example from the history of the USA; when president JFK was assassinated (America was one of the two super powers in the world at that time), the Americans were deeply saddened by the loss of such a great leader but they did not stop at that point. They moved on and kept their determination to overcome the loss and that’s why America became the only super power in the world in less than 30 years from that tragic incident.

That's why we'll keep moving forwards because we're building a model for democracy here, we've sacrificed a lot in the last decades and we're ready to give more if needed but we're not giving up.
Omar has figured out that a nation is bigger than one man...that it is founded upon ideals that transcend any one of us. Good for ya, Omar...I hope others are listening to you.

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