As Thomas Friedman has pointed out, Al Qaeda and Dell are both beneficiaries of the global supply chain. Breaking one's access, while protecting the other's is a crucial step in winning the thousand-year war for freedom.
We need to win the hearts of the very people the terrorists draw their strength from and not think that a pack of ciggies, a waving flag, an air-dropped MRE or a pat on the back will do the trick. We need to understand the cultural differences and even look beyond them to what we have in common as human beings.
That being love and a desire for a better life for oneself and family.
Hard power merely makes the aggrieved vie for time and then they spring up like venomous snakes when one's guard is down. Soft power on the other hand is the sun that makes the individual shed clothes of hate and anger; the wind of tough and bullying blows merely makes the strayed more mulish in their outlook and hang on to their tatters even at the cost of their very lives.
Aesop could teach Mr Bush a thing or two. We should be able to look beyond the xenophobia that seems to be festering in our hearts and try to reach out to our angry bretherens and hold civilized dialogue with them. Some may be too rabid in their anger but I firmly believe that the majority still have rational faculties we can appeal to.
Though I am not a fan of Mr O'Reilly I do share his concerns about protecting the borders. There is absolutely nothing stopping the terrorist from using that route to enter the country if they aren't using it already.
The job of a terrorist is to disrupt daily life and scare the shit out of us and the best way to combat their animalistic behavior is to rise above it. To try and live our lives as we normally do and yet be more vigilant and know when to listen to our clamoring instincts when something doesnt feel right.
Please excuse my rant, but that is the only weapon I possess to defend my little corner of freedom.