reactions I've received have been roughly 50-50 regarding my article.
are some of the objections people have made against my position .
was a bad time for you to say, 'I told you so' in such a poor fashion."
not saying, "I told you so." I'm trying to stop future madness
against Americans and against foreigners. Should I wait until after
our military invades Afghanistan before speaking out?
of all times, is the time when we must support one another for the
doesn't mean supporting the ill-conceived policies that led to this
is time for our people to pull together against these sick terrorists.
We could use your help too."
do what? Encourage our politicians to continue doing the very things
that led to this?
You're demonstrating why I had to write the article. If we stand behind
our leaders now, letting them speak for us "as one voice,"
nothing will change. We will continue to see more acts by our government
that will lead to more terrorist attacks on the US
tell me to 'stop the hysteria'. This event merits hysteria, anger,
sadness, and fear. I will be hysterical because it is the only thing
I can do to show my countrymen that I mourn them."
creates lynch mobs and more killing of innocent people. Grief, anger,
and resentment are all natural reactions to what happened. But letting
your emotions make bad decisions is not a productive reaction.
done is done and now we're in the middle of this terrible mess. Maybe
you're right, maybe we should not be surprised that something was
bound to happen. But, now what? We don't need people criticizing our
past mistakes at this moment. Save that for later. Right now we need
we don't understand the past mistakes, the "immediate action"
taken will simply repeat those mistakes. Is that what you want?
have lost my support by your political posturing in a time of crisis."
posturing? Do you really think I expected to receive adulation for
writing an article that goes so sharply against current public opinion?
sickens me that you would use this tragedy this way."
what way? To try to stop it from happening again? To try to stop our
politicians from running off and bombing more innocent people?
a normally public voice, should I sit quietly by and not point out
that our politicians are continually putting innocent Americans in
harm's way by terrorizing innocent foreigners?
understand your outrage and emotional reaction, but we must hold our
own politicians accountable for the anger they are causing around
the world with their careless, dangerous, showoff tactics.
leave the United States. You do not deserve to remain here with this
type of un-American diatribe which only serves to support the voices
thought this supposed to be a free country in which everyone was allowed
to speak his mind. I guess I misunderstood. I didn't realize it was
a crime to try to stop a lynching.
this event as a means to bolster the Libertarian party is despicable
and it is disgusting."
appears that standing up for what one believes isn't a way to bolster
the popularity of the Libertarian Party. But that's what Libertarians
often do especially when no one else will.
have forever ended any chance of my supporting the Libertarian party,
unless you resign from any and all leadership positions immediately."
be pleased to know I don't hold any leadership position in the Libertarian
Party. I am a private citizen who grieves for what the politicians
have done to my country and to the innocents who die in America and
Libertarians disagree with my position, so you shouldn't judge the
Libertarian Party by me.
must deter the next attack with the fiery sword of vengeance, not
some limp, liberal, why-can't-we-be-let-alone weak response."
have done that already bombing Libya, invading Panama, bombing
a perfume factory in the Sudan, bombing Afghanistan. Did those "fiery
sword[s] of vengeance" deter the next attack?
Kabul into oblivion."
I recall, Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan, which is run by the
same "Freedom Fighters" to whom our government gave so much
money and military hardware in the 1980s. Before we run off bombing
innocent people (or is every Afghani guilty of the World Trade Center
bombing?), shouldn't we question the American foreign policy that
put those people in power in Afghanistan? Or is it bad timing to bring
that up now?
you know the face of your enemy, destroy him completely and you will
never need fight him again. America is at war. To win a war it must
be fought in totality."
war against whom? Against people like the one million Iraqis who have
died of starvation or disease because of the American blockade? Against
people like the innocents who died in the bombings of the Sudan and
Afghanistan? Every time our leaders say, "We must make sure this
will never happen again," they do something to assure that it
will happen again. I wrote my article in the vain hope it might help
people to think twice before demanding the wrong action.
you think these terrorists can really be reasoned with?"
didn't say they could. I said we shouldn't give them legitimate reasons
to direct their misguided zeal at the US.
you think a soft response would just encourage more terrorism?"
hope the people who were involved are found, tried, and punished.
I don't consider that a soft response. But I don't want any more innocent
people hurt Americans or foreigners.
is not the time to run and bury our heads in the sand. Someone has
to stand up to bullies wherever they are! Like the Nazis; the
only good Religious Fundamentalist is one that is in heaven!
Not only is it a time for the US to take action but to occupy
all Arab lands, since their Religious leaders 'preach' the Jihad."
I mention that there's a lot of hysteria and a lynch-mob sentiment
totally lost your credibility with me when you suggest that any military
response will basically serve no purpose."
US went to Vietnam to stop the Communist dominos from falling, and
the entire region fell to the Communists. The US invaded Panama, supposedly
to end drug-dealing there, and today Panama is more overrun with the
drug trade than ever. After years of arming Saddam Hussein, the US
invaded Iraq to get rid of him, but he is still held up as a terrible
threat to the world. The US bombed Libya to teach terrorists a lesson;
so the terrorists hijacked the Pan American plane over Scotland.
you could give me an example of where US military response in the
past several decades has achieved any purpose.
the individuals involved in the attacks should be found, prosecuted,
and punished. But going to war against another country or some vague
conspiracy will solve no more than the examples I just gave.
this time, past wrongful deeds committed by Americans should not play
a role in our reaction to this horrible event. We have to retaliate
once we confirm who is responsible. Otherwise, even more horrific
events are sure to occur in the future."
have retaliated in the past, and still horrific events followed. What
I'm hoping for is a different kind of reaction this time one that
will actually change American policy so that we never again suffer
what happened this week.
would like to point out that the airliner destroyed over Scotland
was a PanAm plane, not TWA."
are right. In my haste to get the article finished, I was careless
in relying on my imperfect memory and not looking it up.
put my Harry Browne for President stickers back up in my dorm room
take them down before you get lynched.