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Letter: Americans can’t let fear rule their lives

Americans can’t let fear rule their lives

In the weeks following the Pearl Harbor attack, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Washington to confer with President Franklin Roosevelt. During that time, he addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In the face of severe setbacks on all fronts, Churchill put Japan’s war atrocities at the feet of secret societies “dazzled and dizzy with their own schemes of aggression and the prospect of early victories.” In conclusion, he defiantly asked: “What kind of a people do they think we are? Is it possible that they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them?”

Flash forward 75 years and in the face of another ISIS attack, this time in Turkey, Donald Trump warns in the face of an “army” smaller than the New York City Police Department that Americans will soon be “afraid to leave their houses” and that “we’re not going to have much of a country left!” What kind of a people does Trump think we are? And sadly, all those people nodding in agreement and cheering wildly – what kind of people do they think we are?

Larry Fallon

West Seneca