|I wish to express my concerns about the recent terrorist
attacks and the events since, and our direction in the near future.
The attacks were vicious and wrong. We all grieve.
The U.S. has been gripped by fear, anger and war-mongering
since the attacks.
Within minutes, and continuing until now, the media is full
of hate and threats of revenge. The world has had Christianity for almost
2000 years, and this country was founded by Christians. Is our faith a
|"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I say to you, ‘Do not resist one who is evil. But
if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
..." (Matthew 5:38-39)
Our economy is at great risk, not from the attacks, and not
from natural fear, but from the fear generated by the war-mongers. Their
words threaten the world’s peace and stability for years to come.
At this point, the terrorists are superfluous. Their
cause has been taken up by the news media. With the endless sensationalizing
of the same events over and over, they have terrorized more people, and
changed more people's plans than the hijackers could have hoped for.
Many moves to curtail our freedoms have been taken, and more
proposed. A number of these violate the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
What do we stand for? Civil liberties or Police State?
Our own hands are not clean. We operate the School of the
Americas, training and funding terrorists who have and are operating in
a number of countries in this hemisphere. We back totalitarian regimes
that suppress human rights in still more countries.
The CIA financed Saddam Hussein against the Iranians, and
Osama Bin Laden against the Russians in Afghanistan. We have backed the
Israelis’ human rights violations and acts of terror while condemning the
Palestinians for responding in kind. Arabs around the world hate us for
Do not support the war-mongers. We all stand for freedom,
democracy, and justice, but that does not call for violence and revenge.
Many innocent people will be harmed if we respond hastily. How can the
world see us other than as terrorists if we behave as terrorists?
Violence has never reduced hatred. The Israelis and the Palestinians
have proven that, haven’t they? Are we smart enough not to be manipulated
like children? A military attack will play into the hands of those who
struck us last week. They had an agenda, and we should understand
what they sought to gain before we take the bait.
If violent retribution were the answer to problems in this
world, we would be living on the most peaceful planet imaginable.
The thousands of years of warfare would have worked by now.
Let us use this tragedy to re-examine our own actions,
and strengthen our resolve to be a moral people.
Editor, The Voice of Reason