"Fear is the mindkiller."
In the present climate, I suspect you are speaking of population fear.
A cynic, or just a sceptic, might say that's exactly what the 'powers that be' want. Paralysis. Control.
The 'powers that be' may well not be those who are identifiable and in office.
But you make a good point.
Being a DC area resident, a certain watchfulness is indicated as we approach the ten year anniversary of 9/11. But fear is too often too easy to manipulate.
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