Saturday, July 30, 2005

Hitting Fast

"Hit hard, hit fast, hit often."
~ Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., USN

The U.S. Navy commissioned a new destroyer, Halsey, at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, California, today. My daughter had the opportunity to attend the ceremonies and deemed them "awesome."

Equally awesome is the quick response of London law enforcement officers to apprehend terrorists in the wake of the July attacks upon their city. Despite the tragic misstep of killing a Brazilian man, the apprehension of suspects has progressed at a remarkable rate. (And I can't help but think that the unfortunate man would certainly be alive if he had not run.)

Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch, had this to say about law enforcement's race against time:

"Despite the progress that has been made with the investigation, we must not be complacent. The threat remains, and is very real."

If Mr. Clarke continues to follow Admiral Halsey's advice with such rapid success, Londoners may soon feel more comfortable about taking the tube to work.