Terrorism has become the new byword. On the cusp of our country’s new leadership, it has become the 21st century’s scapegoat. As a result, we manufacture instruments of fear to permeate our collective consciousness. What becomes of us as a country, as a people, once we no longer have preconceived notions that the world is out to get us?
Perhaps those who have been in power truly believe they have done us a service by sending our loved ones to die; delusion truly is grandeur. What we, as a nation, failed to grasp seven years ago is that the world mourned with us when our innocents were slaughtered. All too easily, we ignored how many of “them” are among “U.S.”
Yet our anger has subsided and been replaced by something worse: fear, complacency and the notion that we are helpless. We have given up what we truly know is right for a false sense of security. We continue to watch in horror as the world embraces the notion of perpetual war.
Already our new leader reaches out with a call to embrace something greater. Just as he heard our call, so, too, must we hear his.
— Sean Mungaray