Staff writer applauds decision to wage war against terrorism
October 23, 2001
Along with a secure feeling upon boarding an airplane, I lost something else Sept. 11.
I lost my ability to see a reason to try to negotiate to bring about a “peaceful resolution” after watching the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapse.
Seeing the Pentagon take a direct hit washed away any hope in my mind that we could reason with those responsible for the terrorist attacks last month.
Hearing the stories of the brave passengers on Flight 93 who sacrificed their lives to save others reinforces my resolve that this country will successfully limit the ability of terrorists to carry out more destruction. (Flight 93 crashed in rural Pennsylvania after an apparent struggle between several of the passengers and hijackers).
Like most Americans, I support military strikes as the most effective response to the evil done to the people of this nation.
I have found myself agreeing with conservative talk show figures such as Michael Savage of the “Savage Nation,” who express outrage when the news media call the terrorist strikes “a tragedy.” Call it what it is: murder, plain and simple.
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I see a great, even overwhelming, need to recognize evil, so that the U.S. and our military can crush it. It first must be defined.
When people are killed due to tornadoes or earthquakes, it is a tragedy. But when a deliberate act to kill innocent people is carried out, it is evil and action must be taken.
I am proud of the tough stance President George W. Bush is taking, and, though I did not vote for him, I respect his convictions. I fully support his decision to target terrorist training camps and the infrastructure that supports terrorism in Afghanistan. “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists,” Bush said. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Sure, the U.S. is not without blame in our foreign policy decisions. But it is not productive, as some believe, to question whether the U.S. did something in order to “justify” the terrorist attacks. Nothing could justify what was done to those missing and presumed dead at the World Trade Center and those who died at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
As I board a plane later this month, my mind will fluctuate between a sense of defiance in not letting evildoers curtail my freedom to fly and a nagging fear of another hijacking.
I will board the plane remembering the brave souls on Flight 93 who fought those who tried to kill more innocent people. The memory of their bravery will give me the courage to get on the plane. The knowledge that the U.S. will not allow terrorists to do as they please reassures me to live my life as I did before Sept. 11.
— Laura Brunzlick is a staff writer who can be e-mailed at email@example.com