Reality check time for an area of the country governed by political-correctness where the only defense shield needed is acquiescence and a good hug:
Workers were preparing the brick-covered plaza for the 15th annual Holiday Ale Festival that starts on Wednesday. Private security officers patrolled the area. And visitors were still puzzled by the news of the plot.
â€œWho would want to bomb here?â€ said Naoki Hirai, a 29-year-old from Japan who is a graduate student at Portland State University. Betty Behrens, a tourist from Seattle, said, â€œI was astounded.â€
In response to the thwarted plot, Mayor Sam Adams has floated the idea of cooperating more fully with federal law enforcement agencies. In 2005, the Portland City Council passed an ordinance that put conditions on the cityâ€™s continued participation in the F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force out of concern for the civil liberties of residents.
Now Mr. Adams said he was prepared to reconsider his opposition. â€œItâ€™s been five years since our last policy review,â€ he said.
As John McClane said in Die Hard, “Welcome to the party, pal.”
Portland, Oregon just had the Neville Chamberlain scared out of it… but that could only be temporary.