Volume 95, Issue 11

Wednesday, September 19, 2001
 
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OPINIONS

Passing the border buck

Picking up trash: not just a bar activity

U teaches tough lessons

Cyclist forced to come to complete stop

Insight from a commie?

Precious time on a fragile planet

I can make my own bread

Taking a closer look at the "kill 'em all" mentality

Insight from a commie?

To the Editor:

It is hard to watch CNN's coverage of this indescribable disaster and not be caught up in its seemingly pro-American propaganda stance.

America is a great and powerful nation full of beautiful, talented and wonderful people, but it has its shortcomings.

Many terrorist groups represent people who see our way of life as one of gluttonous excess, greed and devoid of anything spiritual or holy. In some ways, I think these people are right.

Remember capitalism and all it entails represents something from which only a very lucky few truly seem to benefit. Many of us toot around in fancy cars, buy expensive clothes and generally don't need to think twice about dropping twenty bucks once in awhile for a night out.

Millions of others can barely keep a roof over their head. If you think about it, consumerism itself – the driving force behind much of what we have come to value – has become deified in its own right.

America has its enemies. While Tuesday's massacre was cold, calculated and inhuman, these people are declaring war on a way of life they view as hugely flawed.

By no means am I trying to justify, excuse or minimize Tuesday's events. I just want people to remember there are two sides to every story and, in most conflicts, it is extremely rare that only one side is to blame.

Carol-Anne Thacker

Honours Media, Information and Technoculture/Politics IV


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