When we think of terrorism, most of us likely flash to images of planes crashing into buildings or bloodied hostages crying out in pain. Those acts are terrible when they happen, but the goal of terrorism isn't to bring about anguish in a few traumatizing acts of insane horror, but to instill a constant level of fear and distrust among many. When people live in such conditions, they inevitably turn even against themselves. While our nation focuses on the larger acts of terrorism, it seems that the majority ignores this insipid threat to our nation - the smaller scale damage done to undermine who we are and how we live. Are we winning the war against terrorism? I think about that, and then I see news like the following and I can't help but think to myself "no, we already lost." http://www.okcfox.com/story/2352609...picious-package-near-edmond-north-high-school This story is simply about a lost lunchbox that found its way towards a drainage ditch near a school, but look at the results. What once was perfectly normal now struck fear and terror into a multitude. Trained officials were dispatched at major expense. The road was closed. According to another news agency (News9.com) the school, Edmond North High School, was put on lockdown. If you are a parent who has been through a lockdown, or a teacher who has taken your students through a lockdown, you know how rough going through the ordeal can be on everyone. These incidents are happening across the United States on a regular basis. People do not feel safe. Citizens are on edge. We can't even trust that a child lost a lunchbox without calling out the bomb squad. Sure, go ahead and carry 3.4 ounces of water onto that airplane, but if you carry 3.5 ounces, TSA and maybe even your fellow passengers are going to be on you like glaze on hot Easter ham because once you add that extra ounce, it automatically becomes a suspicious substance. (http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items) Are you a female that, for any reason, wears a head covering? Well, aren't YOU suspicious, my love! Did I just type the words terrorist, hostage, airplane, suspicious substance, and bomb? Well, now I'm probably suspect too, sitting here in my own country, in my own home, attempting to simply open up the conversation about what is going on in our country. When we live in constant fear, the terrorist have already won. When I can't trust that a child lost a lunchbox, that my flying companion is merely thirsty, and that the person shopping next to me has their head covered because they may have cancer, may think it's pretty, may be a Christian who believes in it, may be Jewish, or any variety of reasons, along with the multitude of other perfectly normal things that have everyone calling out special services and spending zillions of dollars on special equipment and special training and special forces, then yes, they won. We were terrorized and the result is that we are living in fear. It's time people stopped and grasped that concept. We already lost. We are now a nation controlled by fear. That needs to change. I don't see it changing. Instead, I see it getting worse. How do we change it? Does it have to get worse before it gets better? What about freedom? Must they all be given up in order to be able to stop living in fear for our safety? I think that's the real question we're looking at now. There really isn't any way to go back. All this wonderful new technology has intimately linked our world. We are connected and cannot disengage and root out terrorists no matter how hard we try without giving up freedom. But hey, that's a really cool I-phone you have!