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12 September 2003 @ 03:09 pm
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.
Current Mood: sadsad
Laceycrazylacey on September 11th, 2003 11:47 pm (UTC)
You are so wrong. Americans don't feel we are special because we are Americans, we just know that we have a lot of things that other people don't, and that makes us happy.

We are proud to be who we are, indeed.

Yeah, I put in my journal that it is patriots day because on my calendar, that's what it says. Patriots day.

You are right, the people involved with 9-11 didn't deserve to die, but they did.

Jacobyak_boy on September 12th, 2003 02:18 am (UTC)
The highest gun murder rate in the western world for one.
But, I ask again, what the hell does the terrorist attack on the world trade centre have to do with patriotism?
Gregpeachofpain on September 12th, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)
In the words of Oscar Wilde, "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."
captured heartfairel on September 12th, 2003 08:08 am (UTC)
I completly agree with you. I am glad to be in america, but not always glad to be an american, in that our government does some very dumb things (oops.. am I allowed to say that!!) heh, and I don't like where the country is going, because we have become so scared that another terrorist attack will happen that they have started a new big-brother attitude, and it creeps me out. But anyways, what happened was sad, but whats even sadder is how many more americans died out there trying to find.. weapons that didn't exist.
Jacobyak_boy on September 13th, 2003 12:30 am (UTC)
The soldiers are dying and killing.
On the orders of politicians who should have known better.
Making war is not the way to stop terrorism.

The British have now admitted that they knew all along that this war would only increase the number of terrorist attacks worldwide.
Robet Éivaayvah on September 12th, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
Firstly, let me say that I am stating this as a gross generalisation, just because it's simpler to say it that way. When I say "Americans" I mean "certain Americans".

What strikes me as interesting is that Americans are going on and on about how the Terror Attack was useless as it only bonded the Americans together, instead of splitting them apart. Strange how they think that anger is so different from fear. That day only gave America's people a frail kind of strength.
Jacobyak_boy on September 13th, 2003 12:41 am (UTC)
America's "war on terror" only makes them more and more a target. As they make war on the supposed "rogue nations" of the world more and more people are driven, in desperation, to fanaticism. Perhaps if America's retaliation was aimed a little better it would be worth it. But instead of seeking out terrorist networks they are attacking entire countries. There is no entire nation of people who are terrorists. Not Iraq, not Afghanistan. The US should be working to find terrorists, working with foreign governments. Indonesia is quite obviously teeming with terrorists, but it would be a poor move to attack the nation. The US needs to create unilateral agreements with these nations to help flush out these organisations.