What About the War at Home?
- What About the War at Home?
By Colbert I. King
Saturday, March 1, 2003; Page A19
About 9 a.m. on Jan. 31, a gunman crossed a busy avenue in Northeast Washington
and walked up to his intended victim, who was filling his car at a gas station.
The gunman shot the customer and ran away. One witness at the gas station saw
the victim on the ground but continued pumping gas, paid for his purchase and
drove away. Cars continued pulling away from the gas station. Three minutes
after the shooting, the station manager approached the man, who was lying on his
back, eyes and mouth open, lifeless. The whole stunning event was captured by a
A brazen killer operating without fear or caution on the streets of the nation's
capital. That is what most frightens some people in this city.
This town is treated to talk -- sympathetic presidential talk -- about a people
far away who live in fear and whose lives and freedom mean nothing to their
oppressor. We hear of the need to liberate them from their misery. But they are
not the only people living in a nightmare world not of their own choosing. Some
residents of this city know that world, too. But their terror, it seems, is not
very high on any official agenda in Washington.