The British and Israelis have to be looking at us as if we are epic cowards. Both have endured terrorist bombings like we do thunderstorms. Yet, they didn't turn into whining sniveling dogs, cowering to authority, handing over civil liberties for a hint of safety.
Have you been to either of these countries? Cameras litter the streets of Britain, many have claimed they are more of a police state than the U.S. is now. Israel has security checkpoints with metal detectors at shopping malls (I've been through them, and the guards aren't much more charming than TSA agents). Make no mistake, this isn't an American problem, this is a progression in Western society in general.
Wow, at that resolution, you can practically see back in time...
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.