The president of Turkey was asked to give a speech at Humboldt University in Berlin only discover a bomb alert that threatened to kill him if he spoke. President Abdullah Gul disregarded the bomb threat, gave his speech and lived on. “I will not bow down to the threats of the terrorist organization” and he was referring to the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party- PKK.
The issue is how do societies confront issues of terrorism. Many times during the past ten years Americans have allowed terrorism to immobilize their way of life. The famous “shoe incident” resulted in everyone taking off shoes. One observes old ladies and men made to strip search on the assumption anyone can be a terrorist. We live in fear and fear is our comfort because we refuse to use brains in order to deal with solutions.