By most definitions terrorism is the use of violence to achieve political objectives.
Given what we currently understand, the murder of the Emanuel Nine was a terrorist act.
Since June 17, which was also the first night of Ramadan, have we encountered the most effective anti-terrorism strategy? (Something different than counter-terrorism.)
There was prompt and effective police action. But even more substantive — in terms of extended impact — we have experienced fearless expressions of grace that have honored the victims, while simultaneously wholly discrediting the political intentions of the murderer.
How many future terrorist actions have been prevented by the courageous integrity of the survivors?
Surely we have also seen the sort of relationships, mind-sets, individual initiative and community engagement that are essential to true resilience.
I have been in Charleston since Tuesday. I wish you could have been here too.