derek-gildea

I am a graduate student majoring in Middle East studies and conflict resolution at the George Washington University. In my downtime between solving international crises, I "maintain" a webcomic, watch classic movies, and use my voice and guitar to make looped music.

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Catharsis at Ground Zero

Ground Zero remains a site symbolic of the conflict faced by Americans today. The site will always be a place of loss and mourning – a scar on the face of city and a permanent reminder of the destructive power of hatred. But the feelings of fear and anger that gripped the nation after the towers were destroyed will endure beyond their time, and we as a nation are having trouble overcoming this simple, irrational fear of Islam.