The weapon of the terrorist is fear, their ammunition is hatred. We cannot give into fear, nor can we allow ourselves to be fueled by hatred, only hope and love can conquer fear and hatred.
We have to hope for a better world, we have to fight to make a better world possible, because there is a sickness in our societies. Greed has become the dominant force, marginalisation of the poor, the dispossed, give way to a lack of identity and self worth. People are afraid not only of the terrorist, but of paying their bills, of living hand to mouth. Search in your heart and you will feel this sickness, because we are one, and it exists within all of us, when one feels pain, it effects us all.
It is easy to begin to hate, it is easier to hate than to love, it is easier to hate than to understand. There is no excusing acts of terorrism, but these problems cannot be solved by more secuirty, more bombs, more weapons of war, more bullets, these are weapons of hatred, weapons of fear, and they can only add more fuel to the fire, they can only help these evil forces grow. Only through the power of unity, only through loving your neighbour, loving those around you, can we create the bonds that can halt these forces in their tracks.
We are not powerless, we can effect change, the truth is we are powerful beyond measure, and those that have placed themselves in a position of power, have tricked us, robbing us of our strength and sapping us of our power. The greatest act of defiance in the face of this, the true display of strength, is give yourself to those around you, help those that need it, and together we can overcome any adversity and challenge.
If we do not, the alternative is to horrible to imagine, the rising forces of racism and xenophobia, it is a drama we all have seen the ending to, at we all know it is not a happy one.
If you can remember only one thing remember this; the more fear you feel, the more hatred you spread, the stronger they become, the more power that you give them.