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Alan -

Mike has a good remembrance with text from a Winston Churchill speech from September 11th 1940. One line rang true with me:<blockquote class="smalltext">These cruel, wanton, indiscriminate bombings of London are, of course, a part of Hitler's invasion plans. He hopes by killing a large number of civilians, women and children, that he will terrorize and cow the people of this mighty imperial city and make them a burden and an anxiety to the government and thus distract our attention unduly from the ferocious onslaught he is preparing.</blockquote>Only by being terrorized does a terrorist or terrorism have any substance. There is a great short story by Gogol called "The Wedding Party" in which a Cossack celebration is visited by Satan. He terrorizes the celebrants until an old man picks up a mirror, shows the devil to himself and basically says "be gone". Growing up with parents who were children in the Blitz, it is always amazing to me that the public response to the attempt to instill terror was humour. The aims of the terrorists is ridiculous, worthy of ridicule not fear or terror. <p>I am playing soccer today and will remember as I do so. Go do normal things and remember.