One Nation Under Fear

RECEIVED Thu., Jan. 22, 2004

Chronicle,
    Richard Perle and the current administration's use of fear as a driving political force is a last-resort attempt to scare people into thoughtless submission, where the requirement is to relinquish our common sense and decency for the possibility, the promise of safety. Our religions employ this technique masterfully.
    This brand of fear accomplishes nothing more than keeping people confused and distracted. Are we now "one nation under fear"? Is this what unifies the American people? Fear is the breeding ground of evil. A shallow perusal of history tells us so.
    The only thing we ensure through fear is failure, the brunt of which is looming on the horizon.
    Blessed are the peacemakers.
James M. Paine
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