If you're not a Vet and haven't been in the heat of war I don't think there is an actual difference in your life. Paychecks come on time, the food is as it was, fresh and served hot, the walks on the beach are still safe and secure, the beds are still comfortable, the kids are still laughing and giggling, there is no fear of ambush on foggy mornings or during the evening rain, ......
Don't you think 9/11 was the time to use the stick? Terrorism is not just an isolated instance. It's a way of life and THE LEFT HAND OF ISLAM.
Furthermore, you have failed to keep that deadly cancer from spreading to our shores. You refused to recognize it and are now calling it non-malignant though it's mestastacizing before our very eyes.
Ancient wisdom suggests that if your hand offends thee, cut it off lest the whole body perish. Make no mistake. Not only the rest of the world, but we got pummelled as well.
Time for the stick.
It's time to isolate the patient and tell it the truth about its condition -- not deceive it with flowery phrases.