I got to thinking yesterday on the way to work. Gas prices in our area have reached $2.69 or thereabouts. Now, for some of you, that may not be a lot, but for an area with a median income of $31,210, it is quite a bit. So, seeing that, and based on the gas price rising steadily, and at a high rate over the past couple of years, I got to thinking more about the war that we are in with the terrorists. Personally, I think we need to be in the war, and we need to take care of the terrorists before they take care of us, but we may be failing to see what we are really up against.
That being said, I think we have played right into the hands of what the terrorists wanted. They cannot stand us, and they want to bring us to our knees. They are also very patient, and very methodical in everything they do. I don't think that they could bring us to our knees militarily. Yes, they'll win some battles, but not the war. Not in the case of who has the stronger military. They could never win that, and they know it. So, how can they beat us? They can beat us from within.
I'm not talking about them blowing up a school or numerous buildings, or anything like that. I am talking about them beating us, by having us beat ourselves. They know we are "The Land of the Free", and as such, we take great pride in our freedom. So much to the point that we tolerate most anything. In our great land, you can do what you want, and think what you want. But along with that comes a lot of debate, and arguing, etc, etc. So what do the terrorists do to bring us down? They need to divide us to conquer us. They attack us, and we are united. For a time. But now, that united feeling has subsided, and our pride is taking over once more. Just like the terrorists wanted. We start a war with them. Just what they wanted. They know they can't win the war, but they know they can drag it on for a long time. Look at the war with Israel. They have been fighting one another for centuries.
So, we are in a war that we know is going to last for a long time. Our enemy is very patient, and very methodical. And as a result, we have a divide coming across the country. We are the "Land of the Free", afterall, and everyone has an opinion. The war drags on, and as it does, the oil companies fear the price for oil is going to rise drastically. It has risen some, so they start to raise prices. People start complaining, and start to place blame. The blame goes to the one who started the war, the President. His administration works harder to try and end the war sooner, but that hastiness causes mistakes to be made. More lives lost. More of an outcry in our country. We want our troops home sooner. Things get more tense over in Iraq. More unrest, and more terrorist attacks. Attacks pop up elsewhere, in other countries. The unrest continues, and the gas prices continue to raise.
Now, where am I going with all of this? Well, as you can see, this cycle of unrest, public outcry, and economic uncertainty is going to continue. And as it does, the price for gas will rise. And as the price of gas rises, so do consumer products. Consumer products we need. Our food and clothing and essentials rise. All of these items rely on gas for transporting them to each of us all over the country. Eventually, prices are going to get so high that we cannot afford our essentials.
And at that point, we fall. Just like the terrorists wanted from the beginning. All of this with very little effort on their part. We have done it to ourselves.
Think about it.