Why am I not surprised by this topic? I'm sorry to say, but many of us live such ignorant lives. It's truly shocking.
I am an American living in Austria, and before I came here, I guess I saw the world just the way any other American would. Chances are, if I were still in NYC, I would be advocating the bomb too. But let me tell you from my *PERSONAL* experience. Trust me, you guys in the U.S. only see HALF, let me repeat that, H-A-L-F, yes, let me say it again, H A L F of the story. You hardly get ANY international coverage in the news, only about 10 minutes or so, and it's shocking how bias this information is.
Since living in Europe, I'm learning things about the world I would have NEVER learned were I still in NY. I have a unique opportunity to step back and view the U.S. from a distance. It's very difficult to objectively judge when you're living there, with a cushy life, big house, 2 cars, 10 televisions, whatever, you name it, and with very limited UNBIASED international news coverage. Trust me guys, the rest of the world knows more about the U.S. than you know about the rest of the world.
Now, let me comment on these comments. Most of your comments show EXACTLY how LITTLE the average American knows about what's going on in the world. Chances are, most Americans haven't a clue how much of their tax dollars go to fund questionable regimes in the Middle East, Africa, South America. Trust me, we are just as guilty as any terrorist Middle East country. You're just shocked now because it has finally touched home territory, but the truth is, these terrorist activities have been happening for decades to many countries all over the world. People in the Middle East rightfully don't see what all the fuss is about, as they go through this on a daily basis.
Do a bit of reading, a bit of research, and you'll see just how our government has dragged our country into a controversy we shouldn't be concerned with in the first place, and for what reason? Politics, and the number of Jews with power and money in the U.S. THIS is the spade that needs to be called a spade. Our twisted foreign policies have been consistently criticized by our closest allies in Europe, who see it as provoking hatred against Americans. You don't understand why those women and children were jumping for joy when they heard about this tragedy. Yes, it's a terrible thing, but do you know what type of lives they have to lead because of our foreign policies? The U.N. has passed resolutions in the pass condemning Israel for their occupation, and every European (who receives much more international news than their American counterparts get) would readily agree that this growing tension in the Middle East began the day Israel started their occupation and the U.S. steadfastly refusing to condemn this, instead giving BILLIONS in aid, technological know-how and high tech American weapons. This is in turn used to continue the occupation of Arab lands.
You think dropping a bomb will solve anything? How naive! If that were the case the bomb would have been dropped years ago! If you knew anything about human behavior, you'd correctly guess that our bombing their country will only galvanize their resolve to terrorize Americans and America even more. YOU CANNOT TAKE AWAY A PERSON'S FREEDOM AND EXPECT THEM TO BE PASSIVE. We've seen this with slavery in the U.S., the Nazi's overrunning Europe, you see this with your children, you yourself experience this at work. The fact is, whether you are for Israel or not, and that's not really the issue, these Palestinians live impoverished, third-class citizen lives on their own turf. Tell me, how would you feel? How would you react? Of course! You'd fight back! You'd organize, throw stones, you'd hate the friends of those you view as your oppresser. We would react no differently, it's basic human nature. You'd find every which way to bring down the person you view as your oppresser, if that even means sacrificing a few of your lives.
We here in Europe are truly shocked by the events that happened, but under the surface, no one was really surprised. Everyone saw it coming. You Americans on the mainland are completely naive to these things, you lead such comfortable lives, cushioned by two oceans, having a great economy, this is the last thing on your minds. But trust me, when you step outside of the big rosy picture, and you stand in the middle, and to your right stands the U.S, and to your left stands the Middle East, you are in a much better position to objectively judge what's going on. Everyone I've spoken to, in my travels from the Arctic Circle in Norway, all the way down to the southern tip of Italy, to the Caribbean, to Asia, almost everyone agrees that the U.S. and Israel should receive most of the blame for the continuous tension in the Mid-East, which indirectly gave rise to the long list of terrorist organizations, intent on bringing down all American and Israeli interests, with or without their lives. Do you think it's by coincidence that these two countries are the main targets of terrorism? Why not Germany? Why not Italy? Why not Canada? Why not Australia? Go figure....
So to all you people running around urging Bush to drop the "bomb", and to drop it hard and fast, just be ready to accept the consequences. You want a war? You CAN'T HANDLE a war! Americans don't know the meaning of this word, much unlike their European cousins. Europe certainly knows what war means, and that's why they're all asking for a restraint reaction. Europeans know fully well what they have suffered in the name of war, they remember how it reduced their countries to smouldering rubble, how many millions starved, how many families were completely wiped out, they remember what it was like to fall asleep at night and wake up frozen dead the next morning. America never had to go through a war. During the last world war, Americans were having the time of their lives enjoying a booming economy, buying cars in record numbers, while Europeans had to rely on food handouts parachuted from the air in careboxes for survival. Yes, they thought their military might would ensure their survival, they thought their *superior* status in the world would save their hides from suffering. Try to learn from history and the mistakes others made, never rest comfortably on your laurels. As a third world country has probably shown us, we are just as vulnerable as everyone else. You think just because we have "the bomb" that that somehow exempts us from the ravishes of war? I laugh! Our enemies will find our weakness and exploit it to the fullest extent possible, just as they did with the WTC.
I'm absolutely appalled and filled with grief that ignorance has led many Americans to say such foolish things. Instead we should be using our energies to rid the world of organized religion (which is the main cause of so many of humanity's conflicts), especially those fanatics who claim to speak in God's name.
Imagine that, God created humanity, and we repay him by creating religion.