VALOR: bravery, courage, especially in the face of battle

I’m not much for shoot-em-up movies.   Usually I will avoid them in favor of less violent films.   But at the suggestion of one of our children we went to see Act of  Valor.  It is a story of a team of  Navy Seals who are up against terrorists who have threatened the security of the […]

CATALYST: something that inspires a change in direction

It only takes a word, a speech, a performance,  a brave action, or a stupid action to trip the wire and get something started.  The shooting death of an Austrian leader started a war.  The arrival of the Beatles on the scene started a paradigm change in popular music.  A key hanging on a kite’s […]

TERRORISM: the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. *

It’s almost an exercise in redundancy to assume that the definition of the word terrorism needs to be spelled out.  For over fifteen years now the people of this country have been barraged with examples of the work of terrorists, beginning primarily with the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.  There […]

AL QAEDA: a network comprising both a multinational, stateless arm and a fundamentalist Sunni movement calling for global jihad.

I have made reference to Al Qaeda numerous times over the past several months. My assumption has been that because the term is used so frequently in the media and in political speeches, people must know what it means. The reality is that some people don’t have a clue what is meant by Al Qaeda. […]