September 11, 2001

The aftermath: Speak your peace

 ... say what you have to say ...

by the people of Melrose

Do you have additional comments?

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"I have great respect and sympathy for our national leaders; terrible situation for them.

"Our military bombings over the years have apparently come back to haunt us, particularly where civilian lives were lost.

"Technical advances, military know-how and world tensions have combined to out-strip a country's (man's) ability to control them.

"The rules of war have changed forever as they apply to civilian populations and individual countries.

"Terrorism has existed in this country for years when you consider 'hate' groups towards various religious and racial segments of America.

"Under the present atmosphere, peacemakers would not be heard over the pain and anguish of our citizenry today. At some point, however, peace should be the goal of all world leaders. This is not just a nice thing to strive for -- this is survival."

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"I had a client from NJ down the 11th ... flew into Tampa in the morning. He was shaken, having left Newark at 8 a.m. or so. The following Saturday when he was to return to Jersey, he and his brother were escorted off the plane in Tampa -- the pilot refused to fly because of how they looked! They had passed security, ID and are Christians and citizens. Yet they were subjected to humiliation and ended getting home by another airline!"

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"Prevention is one big factor, as well as punishment."

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"The best thing we can do is to continue our prayers for peace in the world, live our lives being kind to everyone we meet and living with a new awareness of not only the evil around us, but of the great good of people as seen in those who rush to the aid of others, whether at the World Trade Center, the forest fires in the western part of our country, the floods in the south, earthquakes, volcanoes ... and the prayers and donations that are offered to help all people, regardless of race, color or creed."

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"The President needs our prayers. He has a lot of decisions to make that will affect the world. He needs to make the right decisions. He has been impressive in his responses so far. I think he has grown a foot in stature this past week."

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"As sad as these days have been, we must never give up hope in improving the many difficult situations that exist. Whoever said we need to build bridges not walls, had it right."

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"Let us pray for those who will be fighting for all of our freedom throughout the world!"

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"Good questions. I think when we know everything about this, which unfortunately won't be until after the US military strike, we are going to find that while bin Laden was involved, there were many other terrorist organizations involved to make this attack so successful. The media has put unreasonable pressure on the government and Americans put too much pressure on the media for a quick fix -- because that sells papers and pays for TV time. We need restraint, a careful plan, alliances and resources with all countries who wish to eliminate terrorism and alternatives when there are surprises. I don't think the current administration will wait for this and that will be very unfortunate.

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"Yes, but they are so many -- additional comments --down so many avenues, that I don't quite know where to start. I'm happy to engage in a conversation, though.

I guess one thing I would say above all else is how disappointed I am in all the backlash incidents that have taken place, against Arab Americans, Muslims living here, people who are neither Arab nor Muslim but appear so to ignorant Americans, and foreigners generally. What gives me hope is the large number of strong statements from many quarters saying that these actions are wrong, and un-American."

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"Elimination of our reliance on foreign oil is essential to avoid continued use of petro dollars to indirectly finance terrorists. Why do we have 20,000 troops in Saudi Arabia and ships like the Cole in ther Persian Gulf, other than to protect our oil supply?

"Foreign oil tankers entering our ports are a further risk. The ideologically-driven environmentalists need to worry less about the Alaska caribou and more about saving American lives. Every dollar donated to an environmenal group opposed to domestic oil and gas drilling is only delaying the day we must rely on foreign oil.

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"Avenues of TALK have produced nothing. This is an act of WAR. People of the world don't have to agree with our point of view and belief in freedom, but they have to respect us -- and not perpetrate such hideous deeds, especially against innocent human beings."

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"This is as bad as WWII."

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"This fight will not be for the faint of heart."

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"I believe that we now, as a nation, have to learn to live a different kind of life, as will our children."

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"I am horrified and saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property in NYC and DC. I am proud of the rescue workers and mourning with the families of all the victims. My heart is broken by this tragedy. Hoping my classmates are as lucky as I and have no personal griefs."

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"We must pray for our president,his advisors and all who must plan the necessary attack that they are able to ascertain the best possible plan. We are told it will be a war like none we have ever seen."

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"At this point, I don't think we have enough information to answer most of these questions."

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"The vast majority of nations along with the vast majority of religions are firmly against terrorism. This may be one issue that all can agree on. A worldwide effort, lead by the U.S., can eventually defeat terrorism."

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"Two of the largest considerations facing our goverment are: 1. placate the anger of the American people and do it soon; 2. demonstrate the diminishing returns of terrorist attacks on the United States by the strongest possible measures. The Taliban is not a legitmate regime and can be removed, possibly with the assistance of Pakistan, who can at the same time satisfy their own political concerns therein. The war with Russia has left Afghanistan devastated and I would suggest that the United States and friendly countries rebuild that country after removing the repressive Taliban. The innocent civilians in Afghanistan are in dire need."
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"I would like to see the United States get out of the entanglements that are causing some of these problems. We have to learn that we are not the world's police force. You can not make friends at the end of a bayonet."

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"People everywhere need to stop hating, start loving each other and start accepting the differences of our religions, cultures and skin color. We need to be kind, loving, accepting, non-judgmental and tolerant with each other, reaching out to people when they are hurt, in need, lonely sad and sick. We need to learn, and have the love and grace of God to put others first. We need to teach these virtues to our children and lead by example. Problems will resolve themselves when the world can adopt this attitude and become more enlightened spirtually."

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"I grew up always feeling safe as far as war goes. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that the United States would be attacked. I will never take anything for granted ever again. I will never feel safe from terrorists as long as I live. I feel bad for my children and my future granchildren and what they must face.

"I believe other countries will always hate Americans. We stand for everything that they are against -- which is freedom, freedom which should never be taken for granted.


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