On a nice fall day, the people of Frederick were going about their businesses as usual. All of a sudden, the news hit like a bolt from the blue: Hamas attacked Israel and killed 1,400 men women and children and took nearly 300 as hostages. It was alarming. The United States has been helping to stop aggression in Ukraine. Both Ukraine and Israel are democracies. Their leaders are voted in and out by their people, free to criticize their political leaders.