|Quoting Ryan h (Reply 3):|
In my opinion this is a typical Americanrnknee jerk reaction. Americans have to learn to use their brains.
Without commenting on whether or not I think the proposed legislation is a good idea, let me make several points;
1. This action is be proposed almost 5 years after 9/11. I would hardly call that knee jerk.
2. With regards to our American brains, if I merely use the various winning Nobel Prize categoriesrnover the last 100 years as a simple measurement, the US 100+ to the Australian 7 gives a telling indication of our "brain ability".
3. I daresay that if your Harbor Bridge and/or Opera House had been removed by terrorist actions, there may be a different thought process down under right now.
In any case, we can argue left and right about rights and freedoms, etc, but unless you have been an elected official and have felt the weight of responsibility of protecting the people as a whole, I don't think you can entirely understand why a politician would propose something like this. Just looking at the second guessing that is still occurring in London over the train bombings (todays news) is a good indication as to why these kinds of proposals will continue to surface. No politician or civil servant wants to be the face on the front of tomorrows paper with the question of "Why didn't they protect us?" below it.
Bottom line; let's not allow this to get into a country bashing rant. It doesn't accomplish anything, and the issues being discussed are well beyond individual country borders.