Thursday, September 13, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 15


America realizes she isn't invincible

Brandon Moeller

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.

Moeller, a junior communication major, 
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