FW: About the Terrorism
jcraven at clark.edu
Fri Sep 14 14:23:28 MDT 2001
From: Craven, Jim
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2001 1:20 PM
To: Campus Master List
Subject: RE: About the Terrorism
Response to Timothy Moon and Watson:
Yes and are you going down to enlist in the military right away or does
someone else (perhaps poor and disenfranchised) get to do the dying for you?
How many of you teary-eyed, god-fearing, flag-waving, jingoistic,
apple-pie-eating, self/others-censoring, sunshine patriots served/will serve
in military service and personally participate in any revenge if eligible?
I remember vividly when little George (who got in through a bogus election
and a tiny vote margin as Mr. Moon got into ASCC) was active in a
pro-Vietnam War organization at Yale, yet when it came time to put his body
where his mouth was, "Daddy" Bush got him into the Texas Air Guard the same
day he applied (with a waiting list nationally of over 150,000) got him a
direct commission thus avoiding OCS which should have been mandatory with
only a BA and a 1.8 GPA from Yale, and then got him into flight school (only
two slots with over 150 applicants) after he got the lowest possible
"passing" score on the pilot aptitude tests. To top it off, little George
gets transferred to the Alabama National Guard with no aircraft so that he
could work on the Senate campaign of one of his Daddy's friends, little
George takes himself off flight status (after very expensive training) the
day before a medical exam that also tested for drugs (says only his own
physician could give him an exam or no exam) and then fails to show up for
Guard duty for a year-and-a-half before getting an early discharge. Yes,
little George, Cheney et al were real "heroes" and "patriots"--with other
How many who are so moved and emotional today protested the alliance between
the Taliband/bin Laden during the war against the Soviets in Afganistan when
the Taliband/bin Laden made it clear that their alliance for them--as for
us--was simply a matter of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" and that
they regarded the US as "the great satan" to be taken on later? How many of
you protested Madeleine Albright's statement that 500,000 Iraqi children
dead as a result of the embargo is an "acceptable cost"? Yes, emotionalism,
jingoism, cries for war and revenge are so easy when someone else will be
doing the dying--on both sides.
Timothy Moon wrote:
Thank you for sending out this article. I was going to do so today if no one
From: Watson, Dennis
To: Campus Master List
Cc: 'dnjwatson at home.com'
Sent: 9/14/01 11:13 AM
Subject: About the Terrorism
ABOUT THE TERRORISM
by Leonard Pitts Jr.
The Miami Herald
We'll go forward from this moment. It's my job to have
something to say. They pay me to provide words that help make sense of
that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless
shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find
to say,the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the
unknown author of this suffering.
You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.What lesson did you hope
to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our
Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn?
Whatever it was, please know that you failed.Did you want us to respect
your cause? You just damned your cause. Did you want to make us fear?
You just steeled ourresolve.
Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.
Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family,
a family bent by racial, social, political and class division, but a
family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending
tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae-a singer's
revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're
wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material
goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain
sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent,
though-peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right
thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people
of faith, believers in a just and loving God.
Some people-you, perhaps-think that any or all of this makes us weak.
You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that
cannot be measured by arsenals Yes, we're in pain now. We are in
mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality
of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand
that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't
the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel. Both in terms of the
awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your
attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the
history of the United States and, probably, the history of the
world.You've bloodied us as we have ever been bloodied before.But
there's a gulf of difference between making usbloody and making us
fall.This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last
time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such
abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our
outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of
barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length,
in the pursuit of justice. I tell you this without fear of
contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know
reassures me. It alsocauses me to tremble with dread of the future. In
the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers
pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can
be done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened
security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward
from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too.
You see, the steel in us is not always readilyapparent. That aspect of
our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On
this day, the family's bickering is put on hold.As Americans we will
weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in
defense of all that we cherish. So I ask again: What was it you hoped to
teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the
depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message
received. And take thismessage in exchange. You don't know my people.
You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just
But you're about to learn
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