Part of what terrorists try to do (aside from making political statements) is terrorize us. They attempt to make us feel unmitigated fear in living our daily lives. They want to constrict and diminish our lifestyles, and thereby lessen us. We cannot allow that to happen.
April 8 was Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). It is the solemn occasion of the 70th year marking the murder of six million Jews and the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. Survivors like Werner are the last eyewitnesses, they are our most precious resource.
Every year, over 100,000 youth, men, and women are sexually abused in American's prisons and jails. The majority are victimized not by other inmates, but by facility staff -- the agents of our government whose job it is to protect them.
The miners call it Hell. The only thing missing is the fire and brimstone. Half a mile underground in northern Chile, 33 men are trapped in a cramped shelter where the temperature is a constant 85 degrees.
I worry about people who are abused who are silent and surrounded by others who continue to blame them for their role as "victims" and perpetrate another painful form of abuse: the malice of ignorance.
When my brother-in-law Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in his 40s, his life, along with his wife (my youngest sister) and their three young children, was turned upside down. The cancer wave rippled out from there. It was a wake-up call for friends and family.