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Re: Re: (OT) Parking Lot

by OzzyOsbourne (Chaplain)
on Sep 12, 2001 at 19:12 UTC ( #111926=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: (OT) Parking Lot
in thread The World Trade Center Tragedy

And I didn't say that we should turn it into a parking lot. But it is consistently discussed

Your replies to this node in this tragic hour speaking of the justifications for why these people attacked and how we should rethink our viewpoint sicken me. To you, battered wives bring it on themselves. Maybe we should step down and lock up, and let the world fend for itself. Let the Hitlers and The Stalins, etc to take over.

I am disgusted. I am disgusted with the thought that killing of innocent citizens is justified. I am disgusted that without the US, the world would be a parking lot. I am disgusted that people with their hands out can justify this attack. And disgusted that you can look at it in this light. I am disgusted with your replies.

I'm inviting the negative XP for sure, but I can't believe in a community that thinks this way.

To not act with extreme prejudice in a situation like this only invites more actions. More loss of life. And if it can happen in the US, it can happen in any country. It won't cripple our economy (and the worlds economy), for we have numerous financial centers, but it could cripple theirs. By not responding, we jeopordize the world.

I didn't say it before, but whoever the assailants are, they should be turned into a parking lot. The retibution should be so fierce as to discourage this action from ever happening again. I'm sure my 2 NY friends (who I hear are still in shock) would agree that this should never re occur.

Vote this down a million XP. Vote down all of my nodes if you must. I am disgusted, and I don't care. I have never shed a tear for someone that I did not know until today

THOUSANDS of rescue workers, firefighters, EMTs, and normal people just like you are dead. And someone got away with it.

Not America, but the Western way of life has been attacked, viciously, on it's own soil.

I think that is the biggest deal in the last 50 years.


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by tilly (Archbishop) on Sep 12, 2001 at 20:10 UTC
    He did not say they were justified.

    He said that they thought that they were justified. They thought this because of decades of watching the US routinely destabilize governments, train their enemies, sell arms to both sides in wars to collect the profits, etc, etc, etc.

    Please, before you get angry at me, consider this very carefully. There are a billion people in the world today who hate the USA with their very hearts and souls. I, a fellow American, am telling you that this is not an accident, it is an inevitable outcome of routine outrages that the US perpetrates. The US activities are not to blame (I hate the concept of blame, it causes people to stop thinking far too soon), but the US actions made something like this very predictable.

    The US at this point will react. Has no choice but to react. With a reaction completely out of proportion with what was done to us. (We lost a few thousand people. Millions will die for this. At this point the main issue is deciding which millions of people will die, but die they will.) In fact the US has little choice but to so react, if it doesn't give the expected reaction then it will become a far bigger target that it has been. And, after all, there are a billion people who hate our guts who now have hope that we can be hurt and hurt badly.

    However once we react, I sincerely hope that back at home people take a further step and decide that we shall not carry on with politics as usual. Because if we do then this will happen again. Not next year. Not in the next 10 years. But it will happen, and once again the result will be tragically predictable.

      As usually, I agree with you, tilly.

      I am not american ( I would like to be), but I share with many milions of people around the globe the spirit of America: free country, country blessed with many extremely talented people (many of them immigrants), the way how system of democratic government and free economy should be build, and everybody should get fair chance. As example of country worth to follow. Example of how to build our own government.

      (I know that it is partly naive, that american democracy has own share of problems - but still US problems are far better than in other countries...)

      So I was also shocked when I heard about crashed planes - I visualized for myself small Cessna with a small bomb. I realized all the horror only hours later - and it did not sinked in yet. It's numb inside - I cannot understand this, because it does not make any sense.

      Now, as a programmer I think: how tis happend, what went wrong, and how to prevent it?

      What if some muslim extremists are the culprit. There are 1.2 Bilion muslims, and 99.99% of them do not support this horrible act and are sorry for america. If USA will hurt many thousands of innocent civilians, what will be the result? Enough support for 0.001% of remaining terorists to repeat this many times - now they know how to cheaply, low tech hurt USA (couple of knives are all you need and with proper trainig, you can do it with just bare hands).

      I agree that USA should retaliate - and probably one of the reasons why this happened is that USA did not finished decisive action in Gulf War, and in many other occasions, so enemies of USA was misled to think it is a weak pacifist country and is afraid to hurt them back. And I understand why USA was reluctant to hurt them back: because US poeople strongly believe in sanctity of human life, any human being of any religion, and this believe is part of "spirit of america" and all the good what is in it.

      Some people do not believe in sanctity of life of any human being, and for them kamikadze-style suicide might be a solution for own failed life, which (guided by spiritual macchiavelian guide) may even clear all percieved sins. There will always be these despareate people, and other machiavalian guides ready and able to train them. The worse and more inhuman will be USA's response, the better for the extremists: the more desparates will turn in. We confirmed this many times in recent history in too many countries.

      If you want to shoot at a bear, you should be damned sure you will kill him.

      I know it will not be easy, but IMVHO the only solution is to try to understand what made these people so desperate that they decided to do what they did. How to make these people so scarce that they will not meet each other, they will be lonely wolves without support group, not able to accomplish something as bad.

      USA plans to spend $100 Billions for missile defense. 9/11 just proved how inadequate it is to prevent harm to US people. What if these money will be spent to build school and well with clean water and hospital in every village ot the countries of third world?

      USA know marketing and should be better in. One cannot push love down somebody's throat. And I know this is exactly what will be very hard to sell to americam public right now. It will be chalenge of leadership. And I am sorry to say, current leadership most likely will look at the issue not from point of view of international responsibility.

      Remember one of the Murphy's laws:
      Every complicated, hard to sumarize problem has one simple, easy to explain WRONG solution. And is looking for a person in charge to deliver it.

      I hope I am wrong. I wish we could solve perl problems instead. But I am scared what will happen next.

      We just seen horible prove that violence does not have any sense, it is not an answer - it is another (wrong) question.

      I heard many times that we inherited our planet from our parents. That is not true: we borrowed it from our children. We need to act in the way it makes sense to them, 100 years from now, or we fail the trust they have to us.

      I am hoping I am wrong and America will find inner strength and little luck to have right person in right place (as it did many times in history) to do "hard right over the easy wrong". Unfortunatelly, this was in the platform ot the other candidate...

      To make errors is human. But to make million errors per second, you need a computer.

      tilly is 110% correct in this. The US has had a hand in creating and destroying nearly every single government (other than ours and NATO's) in the last 50 years.

      However, I do have to disagree with one thing he said. This will happen, again and again, until one of three things happen:

      1. We change the way we think and convince everyone else we have truly changed
      2. Those who want to kill us are dead ... every last one
      3. We are dead ... every last one ... or the USA has dissolved, most likely into a Balkanization
      I hope for the first, fear the second, and expect the third.

      We are the carpenters and bricklayers of the Information Age.

      Don't go borrowing trouble. For programmers, this means Worry only about what you need to implement.

        You missed the fourth option. Which is that we cease to be enough of a superpower to elicit this kind of response from the rest of the world.

        This has been the fate of Britain and Spain before us, and many have wondered whether the US is already headed down that path. Personally I think it is, but it won't happen for a few decades yet.

        Retaliation begets more and more... on smaller scales look at Ireland, Israel/Palestine;
        These things never go away, they become entranched and fester like infections, turning all they touch into sewers.

        Pray for the victims.
        Pray for the survivors.
        Pray for their loved ones and their families.
        Pray for the hate and revenge in the hearts of all to be healed (including the perpetrators).

        When the hate stops, then the killing will stop.

        Retaliation does not stop hate... It feeds it.
Re: (OT) Parking Lot
by mandog (Curate) on Sep 12, 2001 at 20:15 UTC
    I am sorry for your anger and your pain and for the contribution my last post has made to your anger and pain.

    Whether it was your intention or not, expressing the desire to turn another country into a parking lot amounts to expressing the desire to kill many innocent people. We have all done or said things in anger that we have bitterly regretted.

    The point I am ineptly trying to make was that atrocity spawns atrocity. This was a horrible, evil thing. Yes, some kind of violence is probably the appropriate response. No, we should not blindly slaughter more innocents in response because this is the only thing we have the power to do.

    Perhaps it is best to keep this thread as a place for people to share their pain.


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