I came across an article this weekend about a stampede in a European soccer stadium. The stampede was caused by loud fireworks. People stampeded because they thought it was a terror attack. When the fear of an attack can be as devastating as a real attack the terrorists are winning. They have succeed when they have instilled such a level of fear that we change our way of life or injure each other at each loud bang.
In his novel Dune, Frank Herbert wrote:
Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
We are facing obliteration because of our fears. Fear of terrorist attack. Fear of being impolite. Fear of being politically incorrect. Fear of the ugliness and violence necessary to combat terrorists.
Lord help us…