Powell speaks out on the mosque:
Gen. Colin Powell, the retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state under President George W. Bush, said Thursday that the Islamic community center and mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York City should go forward. Powell made his comments during an appearance on ABC’s “The View.”
“The terrorists win if we become terrified and . . . change who we are and what we are,” Powell said, as he argued that it is crucial for Americans to remain true to the values that set the country apart from the rest of the world.
While I agree we should not interfere with people building whatever the hell they want wherever they want it, I’m kind of tired of the “The terrorists win” nonsense. I know I’ve used it in the past, but I’m just tired of it. Every time I hear it uttered it reminds me of “for the children.”
How about we just stop giving a shit what the terrorists think and what they consider a win, and just do our own damned thing and carry on our traditions like we always have? I’m tired of having to think about the implications of my behaviors in regards to lunatics, whether they be teahadists at home or jihadists abroad.