Americans Deal With Ongoing Questions And Concerns

A week after the tragedy, small portions of life may be slowly returning to normal, but most Americans remain caught up in ongoing questions and concerns about last week.

Take, for example, Tuesday's meetings of the Biloxi Rotary Club and the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce.

A retired Air Force general and the state's Attorney General both shared information and concerns about the attack on America.

"We've got a long, long road. And it's going to be a hard road."

Retired Air Force general, Clark Griffith, drew upon his 35 years of military experience to brief Biloxi Rotarians about this latest crisis. He says America was vulnerable because we relaxed too much.

"We let our guard down. We said, hey the Cold War is over. Let's relax," Griffith told the Rotarians.

America's new war on terrorism will be unlike any we've ever waged. General Griffith says it may start with bin Laden and his terrorist followers but that's only the beginning.

"Once you get through with that one, I would say a couple you might think of are Hezballa, Hamass. And it goes on and on and on. There's probably 15 or 20 known terrorist organizations in the world."

The general says America also needs to recognize the opponent's recruiting tactics.

"As a suicide bomber, I can be guaranteed heaven. And by the way, my family, which is poor as dirt, can be guaranteed money for the rest of their lives."

Attorney General Mike Moore spoke about the positive response to Tuesday's tragedy: Strength and unity on the home front.

"Patriotism is a wonderful thing. Loving your country and respecting your leaders and respect of government is a wonderful thing," he told the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce.

He urged everyone to build on that pride and spirit and challenged adults to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.

"This tragedy, if there's a good thing to come out of it, I have never seen in my lifetime, since my childhood, people joining hands that have never joined hands before," said the Attorney General.

With that kind of spirited response, Mike Moore General is confident America will recover.