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A New Perspective
A different perspective on the 911 tragedy and its aftermath.
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A New Perspective
In the aftermath of the greatest domestic tragedy in our nationís history, we suddenly find ourselves, and our leaders focusing on the most elementary priorities in life - Giving aid and comfort to the victims and their families, avenging their loss, and finding ways to insure this will not happen again.
How quickly and abruptly the rhetoric of politics, economics, and political correctness has been shelved, cast aside, to address the task at hand. Topics such as tax cuts, Congressional budgets, the stock market, politically incorrect language and behavior that is offensive, cell phone users, smokers, homophobes, and the sexual behavior of our political leaders Ė if these topics suddenly seem trivial, itís because they are, and always have been.
Today, it would be quite an understatement to say that we have lulled ourselves into a false sense of prosperity and security. During a guest appearance on the show "Politically Incorrect," Gore Vidal said, "We donít need a defense budget, we have no more enemies." How many of us believe that today?
It is a frightening realization for all of us to bear witness to our own vulnerability, and even though there were obviously many involved in the planning and coordination of this mission, it actually took only nineteen men to physically carry out such an inconceivable act of terror and destruction.
Some call these enemies fools and barbarians. Barbarians without a doubt, but certainly not fools. Many of them had ordinary jobs. Some managed to assimilate and had neighbors who talked to them, just like the rest of us. Most went about their business without attracting much attention.
These barbarians laugh at us when they see us quibble over name-calling and "slurs" or when we suspend a small boy from school for playing with a water pistol. They Ďre also aware that the same boy would not be disciplined for refusing to pledge allegiance to our flag.
Itís obvious that this enemy knows more about our American culture than we think. We have allowed our "feelings" to interfere with the practical applications of securing the individual rights, freedoms and liberties we are so proud of. These "feelings" have become our Achilles Heel. Our contemporary enemy is without the luxury of these "feelings." Although warped and demented as it sounds, this is part of their strength.
Today, we mourn for the victims, their families, and for our country. We have been violated, as no people should be. But soon, the mourning will be replaced by our resolve to restore and rebuild our security and confidence. This avenging process however, may be a long and arduous trek.
I believe in our leaders and I have faith in the American populace, but we need to stay on track with a new perspective and not allow ourselves to digress back into the trap of being led by rhetoric and feelings. We must be less critical of human behavior we have chosen to vilify only because it doesnít suit our ideals. We must learn to tolerate the intolerant. Intolerance alone wonít kill you. Some people unfortunately, have learned for the first time, exactly what evil and mean spirited means.
One of the more difficult decisions that lies ahead will be to determine how much of our freedoms we are willing to relinquish in exchange for greater security. We donít have a lot of time to think about this, either. There is a fine line between infringement and inconvenience.
Hopefully, we will become a stronger, more unified and changed nation as a result of this tragedy. We owe this much to the victims and their families.
I donít think youíll see anyone burning an American flag for a while.
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"Burning the U.S. Flag, I suppose that over time this has come to be a sort of euphemism for America Bashing, so that's the way I'm going to comment. Firstly (don't worry, there aren't too many points) September 11th was an absolute atrocity...full stop. Everyone is with america on that. Now, on to my other bit. America bashing. Despite their rhetoric the united States has been one of the most consistantly intolerant and racist nations. Not so much internally as externally. Now, I'm an irishman writing from England (the nation who invented the concentration camp in the Boer War), but let's face it, all talk of another nation's "barbarism" can be ended in two words...you know them Hiroshima and Nagasaki. " -- Mark, London.
"Mark, I'm not surprised at your perception of Americans in general. I won't say you're entirely wrong. Americans understand that some of the easiest ways to get people to hate you is to give them money and other foreign aid without expecting them to pay you back while you help them fight their battles with your countrymen on their soil, and then finally allowing just about anyone to come into your country if they're unhappy with their own. As the saying goes,"Only in America."" -- Richard.
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