America realizes she
I never thought Tuesday's tragedy could
have happened. I think many students feel the same way, as byproducts of
too much television and movies that depict the United States as being impenetrable.
I had always assumed that as Americans,
we were safe, tucked away within the belly of the beast. Living in this
country of convenience, not only do we not have to
directly realize the international actions
of our American empire, we can easily ignore them as the mainstream media
underplays the terror our country instills in the
hearts of the underprivileged every day.
But I need to make it clear that there
is a big difference between globalization and terrorism. One is profit-driven
and the other is fascism-driven.
As more information becomes available every
hour on this story, one thing is clear: Tuesday's attacks change everything.
The lessons that can be taken from these
U.S. intelligence and security disasters
are vast and complex.
Perhaps now working in an airport will
pay a living wage, as security is beefed up and airport security employment
requires more intense training and certification.
Perhaps the air transportation corporations
will be forced to value safety over convenience.
If you've been to an airport lately, you
know it's possible to buy your ticket online, check in at an automated
computer terminal, leave your bags and get on the plane
with hardly any human interaction.
Some have said this act was the beginning
of a war. I second that, but I hope it will not involve our country versus
theirs (whoever they are). I think it should be an
internal battle amongst ourselves, questioning
why this has happened and what we need to fix in an effort for the rest
of the world to stop resenting us. This is an age
of high anti-American sentiment. Why would
some rogue groups consider our actions so terrible that they would reciprocate
with actions that are so devastating and
inhumane? There are answers to these questions.
We need to concentrate on them.
But surely, being the richest country in
the world is not easy. There will always be some resentment against this
nation because of its economic, political and military
strength. We need to revisit our policies
that affect the rest of the world, in an effort to ensure that we are not
forcing mass quantities of people into a position of
hopelessness. When people are cornered
into such a way of thinking, travesties like those witnessed Tuesday happen.
I am not saying this attack is our fault.
We just need to be aware of how we are being perceived. We also need to
be significantly more prepared to thwart such an
attack if it happens again.
We need to find out who the enemy is with
precise certainty. But we don't need to immediately concern ourselves with
how to lynch the responsible parties. This is
supposed to be a land of justice. Let's
not let Tuesday's actions change that.
However, the unfortunate events have changed
how Americans think about the threats that exist out there. We can all
hope it will spark them to examine the American
"way of life" to which every politician
and news reporter keeps referring.
Let's just imagine America is as great
as we all grew up learning it is. Let's also imagine that at its core is
the government that should be the model for all other
governments. If this is the case, Americans
should be able to feel proud their country always does the right thing
in the most compassionate fashion. But if precedent
means anything, this is not the case.
Let's help change that.
My thoughts are with the families and loved
ones of the victims of these horrible crimes against our union.