Volume 95, Issue 26

Thursday, October 18, 2001
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Americans too busy with their God babbling?

Proposed USC student fee refund plan

Rae and Jones unfairly likened to rape apologists

Kudos to Mr. funny guy

Americans too busy with their God babbling?

To the Editor:

After a few minutes of CNN's documentary 'Beneath the veil,' I realized hate is very easy to feel.

It was about a journalist who went to experience Afghanistan, her father's homeland. Scenes of a man hanging from a post in a football stadium and a woman lying shot on the pitch were played repeatedly.

I looked on with horrified curiosity and, in those moments, hated the Taliban.

When viewing images of the Taliban, we must be aware that we are uninformed of the source and context and do not know the motivation of those showing them.

I was never told how often these executions take place or why the people were murdered. To me, that makes a difference. My conscience would be lighter if it were a Charles Manson and not a Mr. Dressup hanging by his shoe laces.

If it were one of a rare number of executions taking place that year, that would be nothing to be horrified about.

Maybe I'm trying to be objective or play devil's advocate. Maybe I hate war so much that I have to point out that America executes its citizens and is prejudiced based on gender, race and religion – they just don't talk about it.

They're too busy babbling about God blessing them, democracy, freedom and the other intangibles they claim to live by.

So my rose coloured glasses have deepened to red. I'm seeing in all directions – towards the Taliban, the States and the war that makes everything seem pointless.

War fills the world with hate because nationalism isn't pure if it is used to justify killing. Oh, but this is a "humanitarian" war.

For every bomb dropped, you get a day's rationÉ now that's what I call a deal.

Alena Papayanis


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