Tuesday, July 12, 2005

More FDR--"Unreasoning Terror"

I'm still reading FDR--A Biography by Ted Morgan. The opening lines of Roosevelt's famous first inaugural speech stood out as I read them in the wake of the latest attacks on London.

So first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

"Unreasoning terror" is the goal of unreasoning terrorists. Let's make sure they don't reach their goal.

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