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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

10/10/2004

For anyone who missed the memo

When I asked Kerry what it would take for Americans to feel safe again, he displayed a much less apocalyptic worldview. ''We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance,'' Kerry said. ''As a former law-enforcement person, I know we're never going to end prostitution. We're never going to end illegal gambling. But we're going to reduce it, organized crime, to a level where it isn't on the rise. It isn't threatening people's lives every day, and fundamentally, it's something that you continue to fight, but it's not threatening the fabric of your life.''
nyt magazine
Right. Well I'm pretty relieved to know a putative President of the United States sees terrorists as a nuisance. I'd wondered what to call people who make those irritating messes in the middle of New York City streets with their messy aiplanes.

Those guys beheading folks in Iraq..nuisance. Bombs in Bali, big nuisance. Madrid? A nuisance but at least the enlightened Spanish socialist knew how to deal with it.

Can't beat this sort of nuanced approach.