Volume 95, Issue 9

Friday, September 14, 2001
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Wake up and smell the war

Let's focus on U.S. oppression

American led global monarchy

American torture abroad ignored

A reminder...

Let's focus on U.S. oppression

To the Editor:

Sure, I'm mad and angry that thousands of innocent Americans were killed in Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but I don't think I need to see any more bloodshed in order to have these emotions subside.

Having been glued to the television and newspapers, I have observed the rest of the world offering its condolences and hands in support of the United States.

Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, along with Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iran echoed sentiments of regret and/or support.

As I teeter on insomnia and anxiousness, these sentiments are the ones that hit home with me – a global effort to rid the world of terrorism and suffering.

These sentiments, from countries I believe have been the victims of American oppression in one way, shape or form, should be the focus of the discussion.

Questions mull over in my mind.

Will impoverished innocent Afghani citizens, for instance, be the ones to pay for this horrible terrorist attack on American soil? Will the media and American government convince us these people deserve "punishment" by instilling fear and racist views in us?

I don't place a lot of faith in the leader of the United States. I only hope he reflects on the outpouring of sympathy that has come from nations which have a lot of reasons to be anything but supportive of American plight.

Bradley MacIntosh

Graduate Student Medical Biophysics

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