Vladimir Putin

Waite, Terry

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The theme of a journey. The journey that caused the speaker to be involved with hostages and with that particular form of terrorism. Captivity from the speaker's own experience of being in solitary confinement and having to take a very different form of journey into one's self, into the interior. Questions of survival: physical, spiritual, and inner. What the speaker missed most during his years of solitary confinement. The cowardice of terrorism. The impact of terrorism. What can be done in the face of terrorism. Terrorism as a symptom of a society in grave disorder. Traditional institutions under attack. Building communities as a function of the church. Dealing with captivity and solitary confinement. Faith and hope. Some last remarks about strength and compassion.

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