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I frequently get e-mails from people saying that I only complain – and never offer solutions to the terrorism problem. That isn’t true, but here’s a laundry list of “Do”s and “Don’t”s regarding the war. (And please note that it doesn’t include being nice to the terrorists.)

What to do:

  • Repeal the regulations that prohibit guns on planes – and that mandate metal detectors and security searches at airports. Before those measures were introduced in 1973, there were no reported cases of passengers shooting each other by accident or in arguments. There were a few hijackings using guns, but far fewer passengers actually died than have been killed since introducing the security measures.

  • Recognize that 9-11 was a trillion-to-one shot that couldn’t be duplicated in a million years. So don’t turn America upside-down, causing billions of dollars in losses to companies and business travelers to prevent the repetition of something that most likely won’t happen again anyway.

  • Find Osama bin Laden, capture him, and try him in America. He must have a fair trial – consistent with the rules of evidence and the Bill of Rights. If he’s killed without a trial, he’ll become a martyr throughout the Muslim world – creating hundreds of millions more anti-Americans who will support future acts of terrorism. If he isn’t really behind the 9-11 attacks, killing him without a fair trial terminates the hunt for the real criminal – leaving us in danger. So prosecute anyone who shoots him on sight.

  • Declare an end to the so-called War on Terrorism. Call it a victory, a defeat, or an armistice. But quit acting as though it’s an excuse to invade any country or take away our civil liberties.

For the future:

These long-term measures should be taken:

  • Bring all American troops home. They’re a principal cause of the anti-American feeling that provides financial support, networking, and manpower for thugs who wouldn’t be much of a threat otherwise. How would you feel if Chinese troops were stationed in your city?

  • Stop telling other countries who their leaders should be or what their foreign policy must be. President Bush can buy off foreign leaders with your tax money, but he can’t buy the friendship of the people in those countries – people who suffer because of misguided policies forced on them by arrogant American know-it-alls. How would you feel if the Russians issued ultimatums regarding how our country must be run?

  • End all foreign aid – military and economic. It has ruined countries, provided resources to our enemies, and turned hundreds of millions of people against America.

  • Stop choosing sides in foreign political battles. They’re none of our business, and our meddling usually comes back to haunt us. (Remember, our government supported Iraq in its war against Iran.)

  • Recognize that foreigners don’t care whether or not you’re “free.” They do care whether or not our government is interfering in their country.

What not to do:

And here’s a list of things we definitely should not do:

  • Don’t set up military tribunals that operate without the Anglo-Saxon rules of evidence. That’s a sure way to convict the wrong people and allow the real criminals to continue hurting us.

  • Don’t imprison people without trial, without a lawyer to defend them, and without access to their families and the press. What’s the point of “defending America” if we throw away American principles?

  • Don’t invade Iraq. That’s probably the only way to motivate Saddam Hussein to attack us with whatever dangerous weapons he might have. So long as we leave him alone, he won’t commit the suicidal act of provoking the U.S. to drop nuclear bombs on him.

  • Don’t disrespect the sovereignty of foreign countries when chasing Osama Bin Laden. How would you like foreign police or military to run around your city chasing people they think are criminals?

  • Don’t assume that your government tells you the gospel truth – or that it will succeed in anything it does. Don’t forget that these same politicians told you they were running budget surpluses while they were hiding deficits by stealing from Social Security. And these are the same Keystone Kops who have promised for decades to stamp out drugs, poverty, crime and sin. How well have they succeeded?

  • Don’t let politicians use the so-called War on Terrorism as an excuse to take away our remaining freedoms.

Apology

I’m sorry that I can’t snap my fingers and undo 50 years of bad American foreign policy. Unfortunately, by continuing to tell the rest of the world what to do, President Bush is making a bad situation even worse.

So here’s a final don’t:

Don’t lose your self-respect. It isn’t necessary for you to speak out against the war, but don’t embarrass yourself by joining in patriotic displays that are nothing but sound and fury.

If you deceive others or deceive yourself, you too will be a casualty of the so-called War on Terrorism.

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