Terrorists who organized the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon deserve to be punished. And those who plot such hateful acts against Americans need to be stopped.
But in the coming days and weeks, Americans need to focus on one another and, in practical ways, help those touched by this national tragedy.
Now is the time for strength of character - especially restraint, resilience, and compassion - not fear, panic, or trauma. The mental aftereffects of this event should be the nation's top priority - to show that self-destructive acts of evil need not triumph.
Help children first
First of all, the nation's children who …