Jacob (yak_boy) wrote,

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September 11th

Okay, so I'd like to start by saying that the terrorist attack two years ago was an awful tragedy and the victims didn't deserve to die and that there is no justification for that kind of action.

However, I'd really like to see a comparison of the number of people killed in the World Trade Centre and the number killed by Americans in their "War on Terror".
Saddam did not have any "Weapons of Mass Destruction", this is obvious to anyone. If he had them when was he planning on using them? Obviously you would wait until your regime was overthrown, your sons were murdered and your country was occupied by enemy forces intent on hunting you down.
The US line is that they were bringing "freedom" to Iraq.
Perhaps this could have been done in a way that didn't kill so many Iraqis.
If they were really there to rescue these poor Iraqis, would they have used aerial bombings and missile attacks.
This form of attack is designed to limit US military casualties, but on the flipside it MAXIMISES civillian casualties.
If infantry had been sent in, they would have lost more soldiers but killed fewer innocent by-standers.

It seems fairly obvious that Iraq had no WMDs as they're affectionately known, but there's pretty solid evidence that a lot of other country's do. So why was Iraq singled out? It was because of the ready-made image of an evil dictator, making Iraq an easy target in the PR war on terror.

So far, how successful has the "war on terror" been at reducing the number of future terrorist attacks?

My guess is, not at all. In fact, the opposite. It's this kind of foreign policy that breeds hatred towards the US, and therefore breeds terrorism. Violence breeds violence, plain and simple.

Someone referred to September 11 as "Patriots Day". This makes me feel sick in the stomach. Apart from the fact I feel patriotism is out-dated and dangerous, producing an "us and them" mentality, I feel it is bastardising what happened on that day two years ago. It should be called "mass-murder day" or "terrorist attack day". Just because a bunch of Americans died doesn't mean they were patriotic about it. They were murdered for being American, perhaps, but so what? The rescue workers killed were brave, but that would have happened in any other country.

Americans have to realise that they aren't special because they are American.

My condolences to the families of those murdered, Americans, Iraqis, Afghanistanis, and all other nations.
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