It is vital that citizens and leaders avoid using these blanket terms as an excuse to be lazy. It is easy to tell yourself that our soldiers are dying to defend us from the evil terrorists—to fight for democracy. It is not as easy however, to ask yourself, who are these terrorists? What drives them to such horrible extremes? What would make anyone feel it necessary to attach themselves to a bomb and detonate it, killing themselves and hundreds of innocent people? The government (with the help of the media) makes it easy to just think of them as irrational “evil-doers” who hate freedom and want nothing more than to destroy everything that we love. Is that the truth though? We MUST force ourselves to examine these questions. Why not try to understand what we are doing to radicalize this new generation of terrorists and see what we can do to stop the trend? It is irresponsible for political leaders and citizens alike to ignore this core issue. Ignorance only leads to needless violence.
If you look as what has happened since 9/11 from the standpoint of someone living in any country in the
In his post 9/11 address, Bush's empty gratitude is immediately undercut by the harsh and egotistical tone that the world would soon grow very accustomed to, revealing his true message. In a showing of
Meanwhile, the rest of the world began to recoil as the administration’s propaganda and military machines flexed their grotesque muscles. It wasn’t the act of invading
Now, think about this: if the
So, Bush’s counterparts, the bin Ladins out there, used his logic. They agreed—if you aren’t with the Americans, you are with the terrorists. They also used Cheney’s ideas of preemption. They told the young and impressionable that they must fight a holy war and defend Islam from the Americans. Fight them over there, before they get a chance to get you where your family lives. It was just as easy for them to demonize us. They said, look at what happened in
Besides the reaction of the terrorists, the problem with a Bush’s simplistic reaction to the 9/11 attacks is that he made it impossible for the rest of the world to support us. And after
Now, we as the citizens of the