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0 posted 09-19-2001 12:16 AM       View Profile for sonjes   Email sonjes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sonjes

I have just finished reading ENOUGH!!! and all the replies and I wanted to reply there, but what I have to say is a little broader than "react."
The thought of fighting an unseen war scares the hell out of me. Luckily for me, my husband is no longer a US Marine, but an Army National Guardsman, and his duty would be more along the lines of homeland defense. It bothers me that what seems like a large percentage of the American population believes that retaliation must be forecoming.
I am ecstatic that patriotism seems to be seeping into every Americans' pores. Especially since this time last year, the exit rate of the military forces were at an extreme high and enlistment was at an extreme low. I am not saying "pick up a rifle, soldier," but yet so many people are quick to send off our military to fight this unseen war.
I KNOW this is their job. I have lived this for the last eight years of my life. They will do what their commander-in-chief sends them to do.
Let me clarify this unseen war. We have no definite targets at this time. How do you fight terrorists? You have to find them first...and no matter how many heads you cut off, another will grow its ugly head in its place.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of so many innocent lives. People from our own community lost their lives at the Pentagon. I hate to ask, but how many innocent lives would we take in a retaliation?
I worry. I think that anyone that thinks for more than a minute a day would have to. Consumer confidence has been low all year long. This nation's economy has been hanging in the balance. I believe it will hold...but I am an idealist. I don't want to live in fear and I don't want to give up any freedoms that our military has fought for throughout the years. The most important thing is for people to go on without the fears, continue on with the American way of life. Reflect, but don't let it consume you.
Please forgive me for my rambling, I just had to let out the frustration welling up inside me.
Reply, don't reply...just don't let our nation fall apart because of fears.

Don't care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don't give up and use the chance
To return to innocence.

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1 posted 09-20-2001 06:07 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

i only have one word....


for speaking out
i totally agree...

i called it the "invisible enemy" in a poem...

it's a complicated problem...

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2 posted 09-20-2001 10:23 PM       View Profile for rwood   Email rwood   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for rwood

You are right!  We cannot let it consume us.
We must go forward. Our integrity does depend on it. I hope the best for you and yours and I appreciate you sharing with us. Hang in there. Everything is still too fresh in mind. We have a new directive now as I truly feel this is something different from anything we've ever known. I find peace knowing that we can talk about this and find a kindred spirit among ourselves, and within the entire world. We are not alone.
Prayers and Peace.

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3 posted 09-23-2001 08:34 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

well done my friend. . .

you have said it perfectly. . .  


To the world, you may only be one person. But to one person, you may be the world.

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4 posted 09-23-2001 08:52 PM       View Profile for Tracey   Email Tracey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tracey

I agree totally with what you say. It does no good to take more innocent lives in order to get justice for the innocents already taken. That is not justice. Bombing Afghanistan will only kill innocent Afghani's who have already been decimated by the Talbian fanatics.

I feel outrage when I hear of ignorant people in America, Canada and elsewhere who are harming and killing innocent muslims in our communities just because they have the same skin and dress as the terrorists. Anyone who has an ounce of intelligence should realize the Muslim religion is one of peace. Just because a sick faction of people have become terrorists, does not give anyone the right to take it out on others. I saw a woman on the news say "Timothy McVeigh was a white American, but no one went chasing innocent white Americans in the street in payback for the bombing in Oklahoma". I thought that was very well put. Another interesting comment came from the husband of a woman killed in the Trade Centre. He said that if people persecute innocent people over this, then her death will have been in vain. I nearly cried when I read that.

I do believe that we must try to fight terrorism to the greatest extent possible. With all the intelligence agencies of the world, we must try to find the terrorists and bring them to justice. I don't know how, but we must try.

[This message has been edited by Tracey (edited 09-24-2001).]

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