Volume 96, Issue 9
Thursday September 12, 2002

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Freedom and liberty to all

To the Editor:

Perhaps the only positive development to emerge from the rubble of last September's terrorist attack in New York is the desire and the immediate necessity felt by western nations to identify and understand the root causes of such an atrocity. Anyone who wished to seriously grasp the nature of the attack and who felt it imperative to prevent future attacks, realized that such an analysis was mandatory.

A year has passed since the towers fell and at our own peril, we have yet to develop a cohesive framework of recognition which is freed from the confines of political rhetoric and ideology.

The popular notion holds that the terrorists waged a direct attack on the liberty and freedom of the United States. While questioning the rationality and the fundamental morality of the enemy may be psychologically satisfying, it only pushes us closer to dangerous ignorance. It is utterly naive to conceive of a group of people who possess such an utter hatred for such basic natural rights as freedom and liberty.

I suggest that a proper analysis of the events and undercurrents of Sept. 11 must begin by affording the terrorists the same basic human qualities which we so easily provide for ourselves; namely, a thirst for freedom and liberty. To many, this suggestion constitutes an apology for the depraved actions which occurred not so long ago.

Perhaps there is some unfortunate truth to their claim, yet this suggestion is the only way to create the badly needed framework from which to understand and disarm what has been called the greatest threat to western civilization.

Sean Best
Honours Political Science/English II





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