Terrorists cannot defeat us. We can only defeat ourselves. Every time we surrender our values to fear, the terrorists triumph.
Specialist Alyssa Peterson, an interrogator in Iraq, committed suicide because she could not reconcile the “interrogation techniques” with her conscience.
Alyssa Peterson, a devout Mormon and former missionary, had volunteered to go to Iraq in place of someone else. It was a Christlike act concluding in a Christlike tragedy.
I admire Alyssa Peterson. Her obligation to humanity was more important to Alyssa than her life. I shall remember her as a martyr.
Though only remotely, I am proud to be associated with her. Losing her life, she protected her honor. Alyssa’s struggle recovers our honor.
Unless we take courage, Alyssa Peterson will not be the last to die due to torture. How many souls have been broken?
We have to take courage and stand up to terrorists and anyone else who exploits our fear. Sadly, that includes some of our leaders who were too afraid to uphold our values.