Re: Rebuild the World Trade Center

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Sep 13 2001 - 14:58:14 MDT

Miriam English wrote:
> At 09:20 PM 12/09/2001 -0400, Jerry Mitchell wrote:
> >We were attacked because are a symbol of Capitalism and a culture based on
> >reason.
> Whoa! You are sounding as fanatical as those who attacked you. Capitalism
> has little to do with why the attack occurred, and I am sure they feel they
> have reason on their side and that they believe they have grievances worth
> committing terrible deeds over.

That is not so. This is cultural relativism at its worse. Many
of those who support this terrorism despise reason as the tool
of cultural imperalism. They despise economic freedom and free
markets at the heart of capitalism as the great evil drawing
people away from the Truth of their faith. We are attacked very
much largely as a giant and powerful negation of their set of
beliefs and their institution in governments.

> If you just blindly wave the flag then you can just about guarantee it will
> happen again. America is not the pure-hearted nation that you seem

It is not in the least blind. It is a time to remember who we
are, what the difference between this kind of country and
government and the alternatives are and to act to defend that
which we, in all reason, believe is right. It is also a time to
act strongly to stop such aggression on us. How is that blind?
It is not required to be perfect to fight for what is good in
your nation and in the world. Do not disarm yourself in such a
way. If you do then whoever is the most consistent in evil

> think. Bin Laden, Gaddaffi, Noriega, Hussein, Marcos, Suharto, and other
> nasties were all helped by USA to to do terrible things. Truly *awful*
> things were done in Chile and Cambodia that make the WTC pale in comparison.

Yes. And that was foolish. But it does not change at all what
must be done now. And it matters very, very much why these
things were done and by what kind of political system. War,
insurgency, counter-insurgency and such are a nasty business.
No one would say otherwise.
I am going to stop talking for a while.

- samantha

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