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Saddness of a nation......saddness of a world...
Tuesday...September 11th, 2001. This is a very sad tragic event. But I fear that with the general feel of the american public....we're gonna keep going 'round and 'round in an obvious and horrible circle. It seems to me that almost everyone I have come in contact with wants to "go bomb the shit out of them." I was deeply saddened by yesterday, and also knew that about 3 members of my family were in fact in new york near that area, and we weren't able to hear from them, one way or another, until later last night, plus I also saw those palestinian people happy to see what had happened. Setting all those things aside, I fear for immediate retribution and for the racial issues within our own country that im already seeing today, when were not even 99% sure yet "who-done-it." I truly believe that we as a human species, not just as a relatively small group called Americans but as a human species, we do not have the capacity within our souls and our minds to competently deal with this situation. That doesn't mean I think "nothing" should be done. I just worry about the long term consequences of our own retributal actions. Throughout our history we have rich men, doing terrible things to innocent and "guilty" people, and their hiding behind their own innocent people. They're calling yesterdays events Pearl Harbour 2. Well when we finally went to war AND nuked hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese people who wanted their own leader to put up the white flag and surrender for a long time before Pearl Harbour, the main reason most Americans did it was "to make sure it (pearl harbour) never happened again." Well guess what just happened. I will be very surprised and impressed if this does not go the way I fear it will. I do feel that the proper person or people in charge must pay for their actions. Though we are not God and should not take upon ourselves the responsibility of what Gods "job" is, to protect the living rights of any future victims, those responsible should be judged and penalized appropriately. BUT there is always time for retribution so I do not think we should rush right into it. I myself am 90% sure that bin Laden is responsible in some way, but until im 99+% sure......lets not nail the wrong guy. Bin Laden has done many things he should pay for already, but if in the unlikely event that hes not responsible for this.....I wouldn't want the wieght of all that transpired yesterday to carry in the force unleashed upon him. Otherwise those who hypothetically did do it are winning twice. Person C pisses off person A, Person A blows up Person D, so person C blows up person A and B. How long is it until person F gets upset with person C? Too many innocent lives have been lossed throughout our history as it is......how many more must we keep continually losing? We are billions of people with very different and extremely different beliefs (and who IS to say whats the right one) all living on one rock while each of us thinks "I'm right," and we are forced to live with one another. Despite personal suicide or mass slaughter, theres no escape from that. And as we've seen its very easy to cowardly choose slaughter AND suicide. In my opinion we should use all our location devices and then engage a highly trained special forces strike team to go in and either capture or, if must be, destroy only those responsible. Of course that sounds like a movie doesn't it. But we all have seen the footage and know what happened yesterday. And if that were a movie plot....we'd all be scoffing at it, probably for how un realistic it was. "That could never happen..." Remember, there is always time for retribution. So lets take the necessary steps to ensure that the best thing for now AND the long run is done. Which is a very hard decision to make. I pray not only for our nation, but for this whole planet.
posted by StU aRt on Sep 12, 2001 11:52AM

Did anyone else notice how perfectly blue the sky was today, without the "normal" thousands of planes in the nation's airspace? I haven't seen the heavens so blue in years. Maybe we should leave them that way, and keep the planes on the ground.....
posted by sam aritan on Sep 12, 2001 02:25PM

Yesterday I sat here and chatted with some of you and were so happy that everyone that I knew was ok. Now that has changed. No one that I know has died, but some of my closest friends have lost people in their lives. This morning I stopped in my tracks to hug someone who was about to break down. Today I have spent a great deal of time on the internet attempting to find friends of friends. I have had no luck, but I can't bring myself to call her and tell her that there is no sign of her friend. One of my neighbors didn't come home last night and I fear that someone in her family, who I would consider to be my seregant family, might have been directly affected.

Just moments ago, I was watching streaming video on my computer at work. I saw Copley Square filled with police and FBI. This is a place where I get at least once a week and I go into that building almost as frequently. This is seriously starting to hit home of me.

I would like to send everyone my best wishes. Take care.

posted by Cat Bartash on Sep 12, 2001 02:29PM

We should look at it this way - it could have been worse, but, thankfully, it wasn't... ...and when we find them, we will get them...
posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 13, 2001 09:16AM

"I don't know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
posted by sam aritan on Sep 21, 2001 01:49PM