That so few can cause such death and damage is not, of course, new to Americans: we had 9/11 and other incidents before that, as did many other parts of the world. What needs to be “new” is our response, as individuals and as nations. We do not have to wage uncertain wars and conflicts in lands where the innocents end up as dead as the radical terrorists; we do not have to paint all Muslims or Christians or Jews or Hindus or Buddhists with wide swipes of hate-shed blood from the least of them–no, we need to hold up as brave and compassionate the heartfelt civility of the best of them. Terror has no home; love has no boundaries.


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