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Re: More Thoughts
Posted By: Rob J D, on host
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at 11:19:39
In Reply To: More Thoughts posted by Eric Sleator on Monday, September 24, 2001, at 09:28:01:

No offense to you personally but statements like this scare me.

Why? Because one can take many situations in the world and fit them into this scenario. Take the view of a parent in Iraq for instance.
> I feel incredible disgust as well. The very idea that someone would savagely murder 6,333 people who had nothing to do with anything just so he could Make A Statement about our governmental policies is a wretched, repugnant thought to me.

Why would the world want to starve me and my children because of who rules my country. I don't want him as a leader but I can't do anything about him or his policies.

> Six thousand lives! That's the size of a small city. You know, I've always felt that people are a little too cynical about mankind and that they should have a little more faith in their species. But then something like this comes along and completely dashes the whole notion to bits. How can anyone do something like this? This is the absolute worst part of humanity? WHY would someone do that? Have they no regard for the preciousness of human life?

Iraqi parent: My child is precious to me but I can't get the food or medicine he or she needs. What is allowed in isn't enough to go around for everyone.

> Do they have no conscience, no sense of right and wrong? It doesn't take a philosophy major or a master of theology to know that viciously and callously slaughtering thousands of innocent people for no damn reason is completely evil.

Iraqi parent: How long can my child suffer? When will someone do something about this? Why can't they see that it is wrong to kill my child by slow starvation.

> I wonder whether whoever did this is having second thoughts about it. Maybe he's feeling remorse. Maybe he's feeling bad about what he did. That may be so. If he is, I suppose that's a bit encouraging. It would show that he's at least a bit human. At the same time, though, I have no sympathy for him. Second thoughts are pointless when he had six years to have FIRST thoughts. I'm saddened by the pointless deaths of thousands of civilians, but and maybe this is the dark side of my human nature coming through I will not be sad by his eventual just execution. I will feel a great sense of justice that day. I don't know whether that should disturb me or not.

Iraqi parent: I wish that all those people who are doing this to me and my family would die. Then maybe we could start to live decently again.

> I guess my basic point is that I'm not so callous as to feel only excitement because of the era I might live to see. I'm also confused by what's going on, I am appalled by the evil these terrorists have inflicted on us, and I am terrified out of my skull about what could happen soon. I guess my advice to the government would be to take it slow and, if it turns out a war is necessary, so be it; my advice to the population is to go about your daily lives but really try to think about what's happening; and my advice to myself would be _not_ to think about it, because it's freaking me out.

I hope no one feels excitement over this situation. The acts were horrible, and if more horrible acts follow it the world will not be improved. Many people live with this kind of uncertainty and terror every day, and they can be on either side of the "conflict".

What happened to "Love your neighbor as yourself" and the Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." We need a little more of this for a change.

The people directly responsible for this act are dead. If anyone else helped them they should be brought to justice just like any other lawbreaker. But to kill more innocent people because we don't have the patience to do this properly means that the world will NOT be made into a better place.

And let's all start to support organizations and people who are trying, without the use of force, to make a better, more peaceful world for everyone to live in.

Rob "I don't have much else to say" J D

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