Ten years later: What is the opposite of terrorism?

  • Michael Sanger PhD, Associate Professor Division of Social Work Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA


The psyches of individuals around the world were profoundly changed by the attacks of 9/11/2001 and the events that followed. In the days immediately after 9/11, we felt a sense of unity and caring for others, not only in America but across the globe. But the Bush administration s decision to launch a Global War on Terror (GWOT), and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, changed everything. The GWOT divided the world into warring camps, and it appeared there was little that individuals could do to counter this division. "The Opposite of Terrorism" project began two weeks after 9/11 in an attempt to counter the mindset that leads to both terrorism and the GWOT. This article defines and explores the power of the opposite of terrorism, illustrated by people and organizations exemplifying the concept.


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