FW: Not in our son's name

Craven, Jim jcraven at clark.edu
Mon Sep 17 11:36:41 MDT 2001

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From: portsideMod [mailto:portsidemod at yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2001 7:07 PM
To: portside
Subject: Not in our son's name

Not in our son's name
(letter of parents of son missing at World Trade Center)

Saturday, Sep 15, 2001 8:35pm

[Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez's son Greg is one of the
Trade Center victims.They have asked that people share
these letters this copy of letter sent to NY Times as
widely as possible.]

Not in Our Son's Name

Our son Greg is among the many missing from the World
Trade Center attack. Since we first heard the news, we
have shared moments of grief, comfort, hope, despair,
fond memories with his wife, the two families, our
friends and neighbors, his loving colleagues at Cantor
Fitzgerald / ESpeed, and all the grieving families that
daily meet at the Pierre Hotel.

We see our hurt and anger reflected among everybody we
meet. We cannot pay attention to the daily flow of news
about this disaster. But we read enough of the news to
sense that our government is heading in the direction
of violent revenge, with the prospect of sons,
daughters, parents, friends in distant lands dying,
suffering, and nursing further grievances against us.
It is not the way to go. It will not avenge our son's
death. Not in our son's name.

Our son died a victim of an inhuman ideology. Our
actions should not serve the same purpose. Let us
grieve. Let us reflect and pray. Let us think about a
rational response that brings real peace and justice to
our world. But let us not as a nation add to the
inhumanity of our times.

Copy of letter to White House:

Dear President Bush:

Our son is one of the victims of Tuesday's attack on
the World Trade Center. We read about your response in
the last few days and about the resolutions from both
Houses, giving you undefined power to respond to the
terror attacks.

Your response to this attack does not make us feel
better about our son's death. It makes us feel worse.
It makes us feel that our government is using our son's
memory as a justification to cause suffering for other
sons and parents in other lands.

It is not the first time that a person in your position
has been given unlimited power and came to regret it.
This is not the time for empty gestures to make us feel
better. It is not the time to act like bullies. We urge
you to think about how our governement can develop
peaceful, rational solutions to terrorism, solutions
that do not sink us to the inhuman level of terrorists.


Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez

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