City of Roses
I am happy that we haven't endured another 9/11, and I hope that remains thus. Just about everyone would wish this.
Indeed there is need for improvement in continuing to protect the domestic borders without also intimidating or locking up other foreigner's and immigrant's rights to seek a fruitful life here, as America was founded on immigrancy, where people from all over the world came here to fulfill the American dream, where the Statue of Liberty has been engraved with the wise words of Emma Larzarus which still declare, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door." Thus is what has shaped America into what it is now, a melting pot of opportunity for all, regardless of your background.
These current times remind me of another quote by Oscar Handlin, where he said, "In times of shrinking expectations,... everyone feels like a victim and pushes away outsiders to defend his own corner."
There's no doubt 9/11, and terrorism in general, is a deep concern among millions worldwide. Indeed this issue must be resolved, and currently the world is conflicted between war and peace as the necessary step to ending wide-scale terrorist programs. I believe in the opposite of what our Administration believes, and in result, I believe only more terrorist instincts are being incited in the region, because, after all, many who had nothing to do with 9/11 are being terrorized as we speak.
All the same, it is loudly clear that our government and media are obsessed with fearmongering. The media shouted in fear about dirty bombs two years ago, and that terrorists would drop them on U.S cities. That never happened. The media shouted in fear about a biological weapon attack, even smallpox. That never happened. The media shouted in fear about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction and he intended to strike the United States. All reports contradict that claim.
It is our own fear that can educate and encourage these terrorists. Lactantius said, "Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be." (sad sigh) It feels, to me at least, we are moving backwards in history, to the time of the Boston Tea Party, when those who rebelled against British orders and threw their tea into the Boston harbor were labeled as "terrorists".
Being a progressive who takes my emotions and desires to the streets with other concerned citizens, I believe I'm speaking in a genuine tone when I say ever since 9/11, the wake of fear once more has continued to shove us out of the way, as has our desires to find alternative slutions rather than the ugliness of war. In the weeks following Colin Powell's hearing in February 2003 before the war began the following month, we saw only 3 of 393 major network interviews featured anti-war guests according to FAIR. We've seen during both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions the suppression of activism marches with the so-called infamous "free-speech zone" and Pier 57 (a.k.a "Guantanamo on the Hudson"). We've seen a deregulated media that is ever so often adversarial to corporate party climates and not to democracy as a whole.
Huan Yi pointed out a shocking truth indeed. Osama bin Laden could just weld together a plan to attack us again, just by watching our own major networks. Isn't that alarming, isn't that absurd? In other words, our own corporate media is probably encouraging 9/11 II.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20