Islamicists argue that the western system is corrupt and that it’s spreading our corruption to their region. American air strikes and military bases in the region may be necessary, but they have the side effect of bolstering the radicals’ argument. American aggression, even in the cause of fighting terrorism, proves that we are, indeed, aggressors. We need to return to the view of space that Kennedy espoused: as an adventure that we lead, with meaning that we share. We must show that our creative force can extend into space, not just into certain Islamic nations. That we’re not merely aggressive, and not hopelessly corrupt. Cool technology is an attractant, cool to young people everywhere.