Don’t Let the Evil doers Continue to Win

When teaching eulogies as special occasion speeches, I explain that such speeches contain four parts: an expression of mutual grief because of the loss; an expression of praise for the one(s) who died; a consoling of the audience; and a vision of a better future because of the life or lives lost.

It is quite unfortunate that final step has not come to pass in the 10 years since Sept. 11, 2001. We have become a nation living in deeper fear then ever.

Terrorism is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as an act intended “(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or; (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping.”

Using this definition, it appears that the Taliban and al-Qaida have met their basic goals. The attacks on U.S. soil met all three of Black’s criteria, and the nation continues to be a state living in fear, paranoia and intimidation.

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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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