I was watching the news shortly after the first London bomb attacks and saw a report on a web site that had as its premise, I am not afraid. The site was experiencing alot of responses from people sending in pictures of themselves stating, "I'm not afraid" or basically that message. I guess the intent was to say to the terrorists that their tactics would not work and that we would carry on and live our lives as if everything was OK. I was surprised that the response to the first bombings was generally an attitude that first of all it was considered inevitable and secondly that it must not interfere with daily living....carry on so to speak. I dont think this attitude is quite as stoical now after the second bombing. I heard Londoners were riding to work on bicycles and were expressing fear. Some observations: First: I think fear is a natural and healthy response to a threat. It heightens our awareness and perhaps leads us to pursue relief. Second: It seems that the powers that be would prefer that we not be afraid. The media (and the I am not afraid, website) encourage us to carry on as normal ??? to travel, get out and participate in events which they tell us are being monitored carefully for security issues, etc. The media spills praise out for the individuals that defy the threat and get out in the thick of it claiming NO FEAR. It is important to maintain the status quo no matter what. Third: My hope is that we will finally come to realize that we really can do something to change this scenario. Our government and its leaders have created an atmosphere that terrorists feel the only method of getting through to us is by the acts of terrorist bombing and other disruptions to our carefree and oblivious routines. They will not stop and we cannot stop them unless we open a dialog that is beneficial for both sides. The time will come. How much longer we tolerate leaders who fail to really address these issues is up to us. We can be told that homeland security measures are working and that we should go on about our lives, but we are smart enough to know that it can and probably will happen again here, another terrorist attack, be it biological, or a bomb blast, and just the constant knowledge that the threat is ever present. Living our lives in FEAR. I think the best way to end this terrorism is to get to know the "enemy". The more we communicate with them and get to understand them the better chance we have of living in a world where we can all tolerate our differences and have some forum to express our grievances. What we have now isnt working....it is definitely time for change.