Before I start off with this column, I would like to express my sympathies to all those who where affected by the terrorist attacks of the 11th. When reading this article, let it be absolutely clear that I am quite aware of the difference between individual citizens, and the U.S.A. as a nation. What has occurred is terrible; but I can only pray that what is about to happen is not going to be even more terrible. Anyone familiar with my yiri.maniac.com-website will know that I'm an advocate of world peace and justice for all. Keep that in mind while reading. Thank ye.
It's quite strange. But then again, America is a strange continent.
Every single day people all over the world live in terror. Every single day all over the world people, innocent people, are killed during terrorist attacks. The good old U.S. of A. never seemed to care, and supported many governments over the years that, in turn, supported militant and terrorist groups. But now that America itself has been painfully struck, it's suddenly 'different'.
America has declared war. Not only on terrorism. But also on those nations that provide shelter to known terrorists. Not only rather irrational, but also extremely contradictory to America's previous attitude towards many of such nations.
Why is it that, all of a sudden, America DOES care about these issues? Because of the nearly 7000 people that have died in the attacks? Extremely doubtfull, considering that the U.S. Government doesn't think twice about sending entire legions of their own soldiers into a meaningless and inevitable death, as we've seen more than once in the past (not to mention the medical experiments with drugs that were done on unsuspecting soldiers), so it's not as if it is because of the tremendous value they place on human life.
Maybe I am being pessimistic, and has the U.S. come to realize that mankind IS something to be protected. If that is indeed the case, then we can expect them to continue their war on terrorism after they've nuked Bin and Saddam. If that is indeed the case, then they will put an end to terrorism by the ETA too, not to mention the terrorism as the people in Ireland experience on a daily basis. Actually, my mood is getting better and better, now that America has ensured the world that they will fight their war on terrorism to the bitter end, so that I can rest assured that no more terrorism will be allowed in Jeruzalem either. Cool! America ROCKS!
Yet, I still have to see how long it takes before America turns around and leaves the rest of the world to suffer and die again. It has been the American way in the past, and there is no real sign that this approach will radically change after Bin Laden has been brought to justice, regardless of wether he actually DID orchestrate the terrible attacks of the 11th.
We'll just have to wait and see. All we can do now is hope for a better world and DON'T let anger and a sense of revenge cloud judgements that affect entire nations.
Yiri T. Kohl