terrorist attacks against America comprise a horrible tragedy. But
they shouldn't be a surprise.
is well known that in war, the first casualty is truth that during
any war truth is forsaken for propaganda. But sanity was a prior casualty:
it was the loss of sanity that led to war in the first place.
foreign policy has been insane for decades. It was only a matter of
time until Americans would have to suffer personally for it. It is
a terrible tragedy of life that the innocent so often have to suffer
for the sins of the guilty.
will we learn that we can't allow our politicians to bully the world
without someone bullying back eventually?
Bush has authorized continued bombing of innocent people in Iraq.
President Clinton bombed innocent people in the Sudan, Afghanistan,
Iraq, and Serbia. President Bush Senior invaded Iraq and Panama. President
Reagan bombed innocent people in Libya and invaded Grenada. And on
and on it goes.
we think the people who lost their families and friends and property
in all that destruction would love America for what happened?
will we learn that violence always begets violence?
Reagan bombed Libya to teach Muammar al-Qaddafi a lesson about terrorism.
But shortly thereafter a PanAm plane was destroyed over Scotland,
and our government tried to convince the world it was Libyans who
will we learn that "teaching someone a lesson" never teaches
anything but resentment that it only inspires the recipient to
greater acts of defiance.
many times on Tuesday did we hear someone describe the terrorist attacks
as "cowardly acts"? But as misguided and despicable as they
were, they were anything but cowardly. The people who committed them
knowingly gave their lives for whatever stupid beliefs they held.
what about the American presidents who order bombings of innocent
people while the presidents remain completely insulated from any
danger? What would you call their acts?
will we learn that forsaking truth and reason in the heat of battle
almost always assures that we will lose the battle?
our Last Freedoms
now, as sure as night follows day, we will be told we must give up
more of our freedoms to avenge what never should have happened in
the first place.
will we learn that it makes no sense to give up our freedoms in the
name of freedom?
should be done?
of all, stop the hysteria. Stand back and ask how this could have
happened. Ask how a prosperous country isolated by two oceans could
have so embroiled itself in other people's business that someone would
want to do us harm. Even sitting in the middle of Europe, Switzerland
isn't beset by terrorist attacks, because the Swiss mind their own
resolve that we won't let our leaders use this occasion to commit
their own terrorist acts upon more innocent people, foreign and domestic,
that will inspire more terrorist attacks in the future.
find a way, with enforceable constitutional limits, to prevent
our leaders from ever again provoking this kind of anger against America.
are those who will say this article is unpatriotic and un-American
that this is not a time to question our country or our leaders.
will we learn that without freedom and sanity, there is no reason
to be patriotic?