So tell me ... The question stands, eternally. We are admonished to inspect our own conduct and mindsets by our National Anthem ...
"Oh, say does that Star-Spangled banner still wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
... And yes, that final question mark *IS* properly there.
--- Or are we "The land of the fearful - to the point where we lose track of reality, and purposely surrender our freedom - for the mistaken "gain of security" - because of that fear?"
We are being bullied, not only by the terrorists - but by our own government. Have we forgotten - the only hope that a bully has for success is that the victim allows their fear to overrule their intellect.
Who was it that said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
That was true then - and it is even more so now.