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We must resolve to stop the terrorists

The current outstanding example of cost-effective terrorism is the D.C. sniper. Total expenditure: a dozen bullets. Result: A community paralyzed by fear. The economic disruption measurable in millions of dollars. The possibility that the sniper is indeed a trained terrorist is not particularly plausible. The possibility that he will inspire dedicated terrorists to follow his proven example is very likely.

Sept. 11 was also very cost effective. For an estimated $500,000 investment, the economic impact of that horror is already in the billions, with no end in sight. Fear of flying and public gatherings coupled with anti-terrorism restructuring is crippling the economy.

How can this be overcome? Take the example of the heroes of Flight 93. Realizing the threat to their own lives and potentially to many others, they acted, not in fear, but in resolve to stop the terrorists who threatened not only them, but their fellow Americans.

Sig Machlanski

Penn Valley

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