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I want freedom from fear and terror. I think that’s a universal desire of humanity.

We’re fighting a “War on Terror.” The first definition in most dictionaries for “terror” is usually something similar to “an intense, overpowering fear.” It’s ironic that fear is the very mechanism which our government and media use to perpetuate this war. I wonder how much terror the innocents of Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria and Pakistan experience every day. America experienced one day of dreadful fear. They have experienced years.

It’s disheartening that our species would rather exterminate each other than seek reconciliation and healing. We have chosen to live the past seven years in terror and fear rather than safety and security.

There simply must be a better way to resolve conflict than two parties duking it out until one is so close to death that they have no other option but to beg for mercy.