"You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief this morning as Americans woke up to the news that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the D.C.-area sniper slayings.
Those incidents of complete randomness, no regard to race, sex, or age, had touched a very raw nerve in the American psyche. Literally, no one was safe, anywhere. The shootings heightened our awareness of our own mortality in a way that was almost unbearable.
Americans kept up with the news about, and worried just as much about the shootings as they did terrorism itself. It's well that we did, for they are one and the same, random killing is terrorism.
When it is brought so rapidly to our consciousness, it prompts us to be wary, to keep looking behind us. That's what terrorists want: to terrorize us.
It's enough to drive one to fatalism, the frame of mind that 'if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen.'
But, the arrests are reassurance that the system works, no good for the victims, but for us survivors, a comfort. We will win."
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