Letter: Intense fear

'Intense fear'

Editor of the Reformer:

Webster defines terror as "a state of intense fear."

Over the past several years, we have been deluged with the term, primarily as regards to various Islamic radicals who have tried, quite successfully I might add, to terrorize the western world. As Americans, we have been led to believe that the greatest threat to our freedom lies in the terrorism visited upon peoples around the world. Never mind the fact that other countries have faced these tactics for decades and have survived without running around like Chicken Little.

Yes, the tragedy in San Bernadino was an act of terror. The politicians, particularly those on the right, would have us believe that this was and act or terror almost on the scale of 9/11. The recent news that ISIS is planning an attack on the U.S. leaves us all quaking in fear.

I do not mean to downplay the threat that hangs over us, but I ask you this: When parents send their first graders children to school, only to have them mowed down by a lunatic with an assault weapon, are not the parents of those children and other parents around the country not terrorized? When people go to a movie theater in this country, hoping for an evening's entertainment and are then slaughtered by a madman with an automatic weapon, are they and their fellow moviegoers not terrorized? And, when people are looking to elect the next president of our country and people the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz spurt forth their fear mongering rhetoric, villainizing Hispanics, Muslims, and anyone else in their way, are we not then also being terrorized?

Bob Fagelson, Brattleboro, Feb. 15


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