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Recent Opinion On WTC Tragedy

Mon Sep 24, 2001 6:43 am

I may be opening up a can of worms here, but I saw this opinion which interested me. Take a look at it, and tell me what you think.

It was written by Drew Limsky, a teacher at City University of New York. I took this off of the L.A. Times Website. The article can be found at...


"Some on the far left are quick to look for fault in U.S. policies--specifically, U.S. support for Israel--to explain what happened, as if we can apply logic to the actions of madmen. In Manhattan, an actress known for her support of liberal causes was heard railing, "What do you expect? America doesn't know anything about what's going on in the world." Public figures like this movie star are quick to get on their soap boxes about spousal abuse, date rape and homophobia (and rightly so), yet see America as the problem when we are dealing with cultures and countries that have institutionalized the subjugation of women and the imprisonment of gays.

We've heard the sympathetic claims that the Islamic world is trying to preserve its pure, authentic way of life, and that the terrorists are desperately reacting against the world dominance of the dollar, U.S. power and the permissive effects of American popular culture. Interesting. Some of the suspected terrorists celebrated the demise of the United States in a Florida strip bar, while downing shots and tipping lap dancers.

That the U.S. favors Israel over the Palestinians is also a frequent refrain on the left. Never mind that Israel is the only democratic country in the region, or that the Israelis have returned to the Palestinians much of the land they thought was stolen from them. Never mind that Israel doesn't blow up buses of schoolchildren to make a point. Never mind that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat reportedly rejected a deal overseen by former President Clinton that acceded to 95% of the Palestinian demands. Trying to apply reason to terrorist actions and motivations is nave and dangerous. Looking for our own flaws in the face of these horrific attacks is a disgusting perversion of any moral code.

As our nation's leaders of both parties understand, Sept. 11's terror cannot be explained by citing our policies, our movies or Israel; it was about trying to bring down Western civilization, to destroy humanity as we know it. Those who worry about us becoming more like our enemies miss the more immediate problem--of our becoming dust.

Please comment on how you think about this. Thanks.

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RE: Recent Opinion On WTC Tragedy

Mon Sep 24, 2001 6:51 am

>>Trying to apply reason to terrorist actions and motivations is nave and dangerous. Looking for our own flaws in the face of these horrific attacks is a disgusting perversion of any moral code.<<

It's not looking for reason, but looking for understanding. We understand that they attack us because we are helping Israel, etc.. This doesn't mean that we should stop helping Israel and other Middle Eastern countries though.

If you got beat up at school and you understood it was because you were smart, would you start flunking all your classes then so you wouldn't get beat up anymore?

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