Before 9/11, the thought of a far-reaching terrorist conspiracy being thwarted in the "nick of time" seemed like something that happened more often than not in an action thriller, most often one featuring the acting styles of Bruce Willis or Ah-nold.
Thankfully today, the real-world "good guys" won a major victory over a proposed terrorist plot. I'm not sure the exact nature of the plot just yet, though from what I read
it seems to be blowing up planes and possibly targeting some high-traffic airport centers in the United States such as Washington D.C., New York and Calfornia.
When I sit back and contemplate the news, I'm at first massively relieved to know that the plot was discovered and thwarted in time, though it's scary to see how close to go the terrorists got before the plot was thwarted. It's one thing for things to get right to the edge on fictional shows like 24
, but it's a whole other level of un-nerving when you consider how close this plan could have been to fruition.
I'm sure in the next few hours, days and weeks we'll find out more than we ever wanted to know about this potential terrorist plot. And I'm sure we'll get information overload on every last move the alleged conspirators made leading up to it, including what they ate for breakfast and how they tied their shoelaces. But, I am relieved to know that we can all get sick of that minutae about the alleged, potential attacks as opposed to that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach I got watching the footage of the attacks from 9/11 playing over and over again, becoming more and more horrifying every time I saw them.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/10/2006 08:13:00 AM