As a police officer, you're going to see acts of
violence committed out of passion, hatred, and pure
indifference.  The reason(s) for the violence is
irrelevant to the victim(s).  Reasons for violence are
only relevant to people who don't have to deal with
violence directed at their own bodies...and, of
course, the terrorists have plenty of reasons to
justify their acts of violence.  Just like criminals,
there will always be people wringing their hands
over the reasons for terrorist acts, and, as with
criminals, it's always the fault of somebody else.

As your police career progresses, you'll come to
realize that violence is a perpetual human condition.  
What you'll learn even more quickly is that
politicians and others will seem to be more
concerned about how you react in your efforts to
control or prevent violence.  Your power ultimately
resides in your power to apply deadly force, so it's
not surprising that how you apply that power
should come under scrutiny.  When you observe
that the same scrutiny does not extend to
terrorists, the answer to that should be
obvious...your critics have no power or influence
over terrorists.

Any democratic society will fear its police more than
terrorism; until, terrorists change that perception of
fear.  Let's just hope that today's terrorists never
accomplish that change in perception.    
"...if you're immediately affected by terrorism,
you'll flip a familiar gesture to anyone who
ignorantly attempts to diminish the dangers of
terrorism." ~ Barry M. Baker
You'll be starting your police career post 911 when
the reality of terrorism should have changed a lot of
things for the better.  Prior to 911, the only thing
police officers ever heard regarding terrorism was
the infrequent lecture at an academy or in-service
training class.  While you'll be getting a lot more
terror related training because of 911, the rest of
the country, or most of it, has already pretty much
forgotten that day which should "
live in infamy."

The attacks on 911 have been compared to the
attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 which led America
into World War II. While the only real similarity is
the surprise nature of the attacks, there's one very
stark difference.  Following that first
day of infamy,
Americans had a very real fear of invasion and
losing that war.  When we look back at the popular
history of that war, we easily forget that America's
victory was not a foregone conclusion at the time.  
In fact, had the technology of warfare been more
advanced, the war could have well been lost.  The
Axis Powers, at the time, were militarily stronger;
however, distance and the state of technology gave
America time to arm, and train and deploy armed
forces using its superior resources and
manufacturing infrastructure.
Another stark difference is the level of sacrifice
required by our parents and grandparents as
compared to us...actually there is no comparison at
all.  With the exception of the families of America's
all volunteer armed forces and others whose loved
ones have been murdered by terrorists, the
War on
is just a phrase that has long ago lost any
real meaning.  It should come as no surprise,
because it's pretty hard to take any war seriously
when there's no -- obvious -- imminent threat, and
one doesn't need to make any personal sacrifices.

Terrorism means different things to different
people.  Most people have a hard time comparing
terrorism to warfare.  Of course, if you're
immediately affected by terrorism, you'll flip a
familiar gesture to anyone who ignorantly attempts
to diminish the dangers of terrorism.  You should
remember that those who diminish the dangers of
terrorism are equally as ignorant when it comes to
warfare.  Death is death, and it makes no difference
under which banner it occurs.

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