So, what are we supposed to do?

BBC News – US issues travel alert for Americans in Europe

I find it weird that US would issue an ‘alert’ about possible terrorism in Europe. As I was reading this I was thinking,

“What are they expecting people to do with this information?”

Are they expecting us to be on the lookout for a potential terrorist while visiting the Eiffel Tower? Are we supposed to be profiling people while checking out the London Eye? Doesn’t this just kind of create a sense of hysteria?

I think it would be just as effective to say,

“There have been suspected terrorist acts happening in Europe. The State department wants you to know the potential realities of your travel abroad.”

But why a warning? Why all of the language around it? What can people really do about it? Or what action could we take?

It feels like the end result of all of this is fear, but why would I want to respond to something that I cannot effect or change with such a strong and controlling emotion? I don’t think I will…at least not right now.

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  1. B.D. on October 6, 2010 at 1:52 am

    whoever issued that should join Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive.

    Seriously though, I tend to agree with you. I think for the most part this is the government attempting to cover their butts so that if something happens that can’t be accused of doing nothing.

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