[Powderworks] Fall or Rise... (Another WTC thread)
Tue, 18 Sep 2001 05:59:42 -0500
You are right about our own hatred...Just yesterday I have witnessed one
driver on the road was terrorizing non-american made cars. He was just
driving up to any Toyota, Mazda, Honda and other foreign autos, pretending
he was going to hit the with his truck (carrying American flags), and
screaming at everyone - buy American. I got really appalled at the whole
incident that I saw happened yesterday. The police finally stopped that guy
after I made an anonymous call.
>From: Gerald McDowell <firstname.lastname@example.org> (by way of Gerald McDowell
>Subject: [Powderworks] Fall or Rise... (Another WTC thread)
>Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 21:53:18 -0500
>I guess a lot of Powderworkers are sick of hearing about this, so I'd
>you to just delete this message if that's the case.
>I just wanted to weigh in with my thoughts about the past week's events. I
>hardly know where to begin, though.
>A few minutes after the second plane hit the towers, I was watching the
>coverage on the TV at work. As we stood looking at the screen, my first
>thought was of compassion for the victims and their families. My second
>thought was, "There's going to be a lot of Arab-bashing." In recent days,
>I've been sickened, not only by the depth of suffering endured by the
>victims, their families, and the brave recuse workers (both professional
>civilian), but by the accuracy of my prediction.
>The stories of innocent Arab and Muslim people being persecuted have in
>ways left me more disgusted that the cowardly acts in New York, Washington
>and Pennsylvania. Most of these people have come to this land for the same
>reasons as any other group of people; to escape persecution or make a good
>living. Isn't it great that there are places in this world where people
>do that? We who live in such places should come to appreciate what we
>to have been born in such places and times. Most of the Arabs and Muslims
>the US have had to leave their countries, their homes, and often other
>ones because they weren't the "right" ethnic group, because they spoke a
>little too loudly for the side of justice and tolerance, or because they
>wished to escape desperate poverty and give their children better lives.
>have come to their new homes only to be faced with hatred because of where
>they came from reflects poorly upon us, to put it mildly.
>I cannot condone the use of violence by the guilty parties, but the fact is
>that they did have legitimate complaints with US policies. The US has
>elections, assassinated leaders and sold arms to anybody who wasn't a
>Communist for decades, not only in the Middle East. Virtually every
>and terrorist in the Middle East has had US sponsorship or been created by
>events that the US government set in motion. Now those facts will be lost
>a sea of nationalistic gibberish. The truth will be buried further, all
>to the endless cycle of violence and recrimination. Once the terrorists
>murdered all those people, they ruined their cause, perhaps forever.
>The people of the United States must not succumb to this bloodlust. Its
>allies must help as well, before they are drawn into the conflict. Like
>song says, "You can fall, or you can rise." It is up to us, to decide if
>want to sink to the animal level, to drive ourselves into a killing frenzy,
>to become what we hated, with a different set of gods and ideals being the
>only difference. Or will we overcome this tragedy. Will we show
>for those who have lost their lives, for those who have been injured, for
>those who have lost loved ones, even see past our anger to show compassion
>for the debt of karma inflicted upon those who committed these acts. Will
>show our "enemies", and indeed ourselves, that they will not and cannot
>in the way of what we are and more importantly, of what we can become.
>I've seen many things to bring pride in my country in the last week. I've
>seen images of firefighters and police giving their lives, their sweat and
>their time, all selflessly. I've heard reports that the Red Cross has been
>swamped with efforts of assistance, to the point that they have had to turn
>people away. I've heard of staggering donations given in small timeframes.
>But many acts of past days have made me ashamed to share soil with their
>perpetrators. The bloodlust that has gripped this nation truly belies the
>notion of the US being a compassionate nation. The racism and blind hate
>the face of ignorance and justifiable, though misguided, anger have left me
>with despair for what could have and should have been a truly great
>Even my best friend has expressed sentiments that have left me thinking
>I might not have a best friend any more.
>It is my sincere hope that the guilty parities will be brought to justice,
>that the US will improve its defensive measures to avoid tragedies like
>from reoccuring, and that all our people will come to realize that actions
>are the true test of a human's character, rather than where they were born
>what religion (if any) they hold. Violence will bring nothing but more of
>the same, dooming us all to endless suffering, endless hate for the crimes
>old, and unending blindness to the true nature of humanity.
>"Karma is a boomerang, here it comes again...
>Feels like the country's just going 'round the bend
>Spirit of the Age is coming home..."
> --Midnight Oil
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