It would be wonderful if we could magically put the recent tragic events around the world behind us. But, just turn on the TV and we are quickly reminded of the threats that require us to remain vigilant and cautious, even in our normal, everyday lives. As we learned in Paris last fall, an evening at a concert or restaurant can become an unthinkable horror. We hope the increased security and immediate reaction to the Paris and Brussels attacks will make our world safer. In the meantime, whether we are talking about traveling overseas or attending a local sporting event, concert, or theatrical production, we must decide whether we will be intimidated by the threats and react to them out of fear – or instead refuse to bow to intimidation while exercising our freedom.
Dr. James E. Pitts
Director, International Programs
Florida State University