We're a little more innocent than we should be, though. The Bush administration won't tell us what information they have that would prompt them to attack Iraq. They won't even tell Congress, because they're afraid of "leaks." In other words, they're afraid of the free flow of information, because that would shed a light on their game.
They don't trust us to know. They don't trust the UN. They don't trust anyone who doesn't already agree with them. Those are the people who get the information. They'd like to have some allies, but they don't think they need them. All they have to do is spread half-truths, and a trusting public will fill in the blanks.
This is the aftermath of what started a year ago as self-defense. We were going to get the perpetrators, but we weren't going to demonize anyone. We were going to "allow" people to think differently, and to look different. We were going to protect ourselves, but not at the cost of the values that were being attacked in the first place.
Do we still value freedom and equality of opportunity? I do, and you do, but does the president? Or does he redefine those terms to mean freedom only when the government deems it safe, and equality only to those who agree?
Yes, I'm afraid. I'm afraid of terrorists, and I'm afraid of the response to terrorists by a government that thinks controlling every situation and listening in on private conversations and making up new rules as they go along are the only ways to keep us safe.
I'm also afraid that they believe we want to be safe more than we want to be free, and that we'll be grateful enough to them for keeping us safe that we'll let them do whatever they want. The most frightening part is, they might be right.