Re: [carfree_cities] The Terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001
>I have posted a long op-ed piece at jhcrawford.com:One misstep in an otherwise excellent piece:
>on the terrorist attacks and the need to find a
>peaceful solution to conflicts in the Middle East.
>It's too long to include in the body of this message.
>Please circulate the URL as widely as possible--I think
>it's time that voices calling for something other than
>war were heard.
>The attack has often been called a "cowardly act." While it may beshocking and reprehensible, it >can scarcely be called cowardly. The 19 men
who actually carried out the attack intended to die in >the attack, which
speaks of courage, not cowardliness.
While the willingness to RISK one's life in a sadistic attack may be viewed
as courageous by some, there's nothing courageous about committing
suicide---quick and painless. To take a few thousand unsuspecting
civilians with you is anything but.
As long as all warriors continue to subordinate the value of human life to
their dubious objectives, casually dismissing the death of innocents with
pat euphemisms---or increasingly, directly targeting civilians---the only
truly courageous options are to seek and maintain, while the pain our
losses is still fresh, a lasting consensus for international criminal
justice and peace. As more op-ed pieces like this circulate (the letters
and editorials in the LA Times incidentally, do not exactly read like "a
propaganda arm of the Bush regime", thankfully), and memories of Vietnam
are rekindled, there is hope that the American public will become more
interested in a thorough understanding of why we have become a target.