The True Power of Terrorism

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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It has been imperiled before: inrepparttar sacking of Washington,repparttar 105751 internal convulsions ofrepparttar 105752 Civil War,repparttar 105753 formalized institution of slavery,repparttar 105754 destruction of Native American cultures,repparttar 105755 seizure of Panama,repparttar 105756 machinations of McCarthyism,repparttar 105757 dropping ofrepparttar 105758 atomic bomb. Somehow, lady liberty was able to dust herself off and recapturerepparttar 105759 inspiration and vision she represents torepparttar 105760 world.

Now she faces her biggest challenge yet: surviving intact in a prevailing climate of fear. There have been wars before where too many young men died before their time. This time,repparttar 105761 disturbed sleep ofrepparttar 105762 watchful, wary soldier in his bivouac has moved intorepparttar 105763 bedroom of suburbia. We no longer feel safe, agonizing overrepparttar 105764 vulnerability of our children and loved ones. We watchrepparttar 105765 danger alerts turn different colors and know that sometime, somewhere, another strike will come.

The long heritage of openness, personal liberties, restraint, innocence until guilt is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, andrepparttar 105766 willingness to defend those rights torepparttar 105767 death, has dissolved intorepparttar 105768 murk of security above freedom, life above ideals, and apathy above involvement. We invade each other's privacy as a mechanism of defense. We abuse and humiliate our prisoners inrepparttar 105769 name of preventing their future abuse and humiliation of us. We expand our "no fly" lists to close that traditionally-open golden door. We shut down our borders lest a terrorist lurks amongrepparttar 105770 tired, poor masses.

A post-911-world will never be as innocent as before, no more thanrepparttar 105771 permanent changes wrought byrepparttar 105772 assassination of President Kennedy orrepparttar 105773 bombing of Pearl Harbor could be avoided. Reaction to tragic, horrifying events is inevitable, both personally and politically. It is when that reaction becomesrepparttar 105774 basis for major decisions and colors how laws are interpreted, ethics are enforced, and relationships are developed that we must step back and look at our deep-rooted principles and identify where they have become warped and withered.

It is when we look atrepparttar 105775 world throughrepparttar 105776 eyes of those who hate and threaten us that we seerepparttar 105777 true power of terrorism: not to destroy us but to assimilate us. That is whenrepparttar 105778 terrorists will know that they have truly won.

Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the effects of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at

The Good Citizen

Written by Terry Dashner

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that has been honed inrepparttar fires of hard work, hard times, and hard knocks—knelt beside her,repparttar 105750 young optimist. The informed citizen soothed her wounds with encouragement and gave her an additional voice of support againstrepparttar 105751 haters of patriotism. Then he put her on his list—yes, a group of “bloggers” and grass root activists who would embrace her and welcome her youthful optimism. He advised his informed group of patriots of her plight and asked them to care for her emotional support until he returned from his journey.

“Now which of these three would you say was a good citizen torepparttar 105752 young optimist who was attacked byrepparttar 105753 cynics?”repparttar 105754 storyteller asked.

The ones listening, and only those listening, replied, “The one who showed her encouragement and gave her back her voice.” Thenrepparttar 105755 storyteller said, “Yes, now go and dorepparttar 105756 same.”

Keeprepparttar 105757 faith. Stayrepparttar 105758 course. Jesus is coming soon. And until He does come, encouragerepparttar 105759 needed optimism…

Pastor T.dash

Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK

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