"President Bush has repeatedly expressed his belief that the desire for freedom among people in today's world is greater than their fear of terrorism. He said that to members of Congress after 9/11. He repeated the message in a speech at New Orleans.
He made it the centerpiece of his second term inaugural address. The remarkable turnout for elections in Afghanistan and Iraq seemingly proved his point. Overcoming great inconveniences and ignoring death threats, millions cast their ballots.
Their example could ease our own fears about terrorism and make us appreciate the freedom we possess."
-Fr. Joseph M. Champlin is the rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, New York. He is the author of more than forty books.
I can't help but to think back to last year's election campaign - how fear tactics were used against us to make Bush seem more "electable". At the same time, Iraqi citizens were asked, by the same administration, to be fearless.