Volume 95, Issue 11

Wednesday, September 19, 2001
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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

I can make my own bread

Re: Western expert: difficult to assign blame, Sept. 13

To the Editor:

To label and reduce the attackers of the World Trade Center to psychopathic individuals is ignorant and to suggest a group of people with a different world view and set of ideologies are mentally inept and generally incapable is embarrassing.

Professor Litman states "[w]e aren't really talking about your typically normal person who is motivated for self preservation" and these individuals are "highly suggestible."

Yet this seems to be the history of war: citizens are sent to kill, but mostly die on behalf of, for example, the American flag and all the beliefs they are convinced it represents.

The face, skin or clothing you see does not tell you of the person inside and in my hopeful and idealistic vision of the world, I think there is a lot to be said for diplomacy and agreeing to disagree.

I know it's not that simple, but can we not accept other cultures and beliefs for what they are and stop the Western world's need to apply it's own superior image of itself on others?

It's times like these that make me want to escape and live in the woods somewhere, where I can make my own bread, choose my own media and generally lift the weight of the world from my shoulders.

By looking at history, it's not hard to see when egos, nationalism and weapons collide, war is an inevitable result and I guarantee you the next war will be our last.

Alena Papayanis

Media, Information and Technoculture IV

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