Letters to the Editor
No justice, no peace
To the editor:
My fellow Americans, war has been declared upon the United States. When
we discover who committed this vile atrocity, we must respond swiftly and
must declare war on the group with the audacity to carry out such an
act. The world cannot peacefully exist when there are groups who would
create such tragedy.
If we discover that the group who committed this crime against humanity
is foreign, we must declare war. We must attack this group and any who
aid it. If there are
nations that support these people, they must be punished.
This action must be taken even if we go it alone. These groups or countries
and their allies must be attacked and occupied until we receive satisfactory
that the nations of Earth will be safe from their brand of war.
If we discover that this was a case of domestic terrorism, we must hunt
down the individuals responsible and give them their day in court. If they
are held by a jury of
their peers to be accountable for the attack, they must suffer a punishment
fit for their crimes. Sentence them to life in prison.
Action must be taken against any nation or group, foreign or domestic,
that is capable of and willing to commit such acts or else the world will
never be safe.
junior, economics and civil engineering
Not the only ones
To the editor:
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live in Israel? Now we know.
The people in New York City and Washington, D.C., really know -- but we,
so far away, have a
Tuesday afternoon, President George W. Bush was flying around the country
in Air Force One, destination unknown, and legislators were evacuated from
Student Government Association Sen. Brianna Bassler, who is in New York,
e-mailed me with "I am alive and OK" in the subject line. In her words,
"I was on the
subway when it happened and at the stop close to the (World Trade Center);
people ran on the train horrified because they actually saw it happen."
Somebody on Fox News Network at one point asked, "What are Americans
going to think when they see people dancing in the streets overseas?" Indeed.
I'll tell you
what to think. You are watching our enemies celebrate the deaths of
thousands of innocent Americans.
Our enemies. Don't forget that. Once we determine exactly who is responsible,
retaliation must be swift and without mercy.
On a different note, I was getting my takeout at a Timmy Chan's on Tuesday
night when the man behind the counter struck up a conversation. He was
the Far East and his English was somewhat broken.
He spoke of the horrible events of the day, but with a different perspective.
It caught me off guard. He said some of his friends, from a standpoint
of the "politic," had a
feeling of happiness over what happened. However, from the standpoint
of innocent people dying, they were very sad. As offended as I was, I contained
He then spoke of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and the innocent who died there.
He then spoke of the United States "interfering" with Israel and the Palestinians
that's why it happened.
As he stumbled over his words, trying to explain it to me, I said inquisitively,
He said "Yes," quite enthusiastically. "Payback."
I thought about trying to explain my perspective on the whole thing,
including Osama bin Laden, but the gap in communication was too large.
I didn't want to offend
him as he did me.
senior, management information systems
Call for justice
To the editor:
We, the Muslim community in Houston, would like to take this opportunity
to express our deepest regret and shock over the apparent actions of terrorism
innocent civilians on American soil. We unreservedly condemn such cowardly
actions by faceless perpetrators and join with all Americans in calling
for the swift
capture and punishment of those responsible for this tragedy.
We also join all Americans in remembering the victims in our prayers
and implore the Almighty to grant patience to the family of the victims.
We also urge all Muslims of Houston to step up to the plate in rescue
efforts with whatever help they can offer. Individuals should donate blood
by contacting the local
office of the Red Cross. Muslim medical professionals should go to
the scenes of the attacks to offer aid and comfort to the victims. Muslim
relief agencies should
contact their counterparts to offer support in the recovery efforts.
Finally, we call on media professionals to exercise restraint and not
draw premature conclusions as to who was responsible for the attacks and
to also avoid stereotyping and sensationalism in their reporting.
Mudassar Khan al-Hindi
President, Muslim Students' Association at UH
Nukes for hijackers
To the editor:
Ronald Reagan once said in jest, "The Soviet Union is now dissolved.
Bombing will commence in one hour." To paraphrase and with no jest whatsoever,
is now dissolved. Let bombing commence within the hour.
For years our military and intelligence budgets have been slashed; now
the country mourns the lack. Only the swiftest and most terrible vengeance
can be taken now.
All countries sympathetic to terrorism must come under immediate and
Any who ever questioned the value of the so-called "star wars" program
must now desperately feel the need. A nuclear assault upon Afghanistan
will show that the
patriots of this country still have the guts to fight back, and if
necessary be even crazier than our enemies. Even if Afghanistan is not
directly responsible, its leaders
condoned and protected the type of men who would perpetrate actions
such as these. A cobalt bomb will destroy a country for centuries to come.
In ancient days, Carthage was the chief threat to the Roman Empire.
The Romans smashed the Carthaginians in war, burned their city to the ground
and salted the
ashes, so that nothing might ever again arise from that threat. Those
who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Rome never had to
fight Carthage again.
We should never feel the threat of an attack like this again.
To the editor:
I was greatly upset to hear about the disaster that took place in New
York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. America must find out who
is responsible for this
and punish them to the full extent of the law (and then some). However,
I am just as upset at the actions people have taken against Middle Eastern
students at UH.
A large number of Middle Easterners here in America are good, law-abiding
citizens. Many were born here. I really don't want us as Americans to jump
the gun and
find an entire race guilty for the possible actions of a few.
Imagine if we had hated the entire Caucasian race due to the actions
of one man in Oklahoma City. To hate all white people because of Timothy
McVeigh would have
made no sense. To hate every Middle Easterner you see would make no
sense either. Think before you hate.
graduate student, social work
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