Sept. 11 reactions expose U.S. xenophobia
I am writing this in response to the Sept. 18 letter advocating an attack on Iraq. First off, not all the information there is correct. It is not just military installations that are being inspected, but anything the United Nations wants to inspect. The foreign minister of Iraq stated that scientific installations would be included, so there does not seem to be any restrictions. Almost the entire former Bush cabinet, the one from the Iraqi war era, the United Nations, and the U.N. inspectors, including the American ones, all do not support military action and say it has no merit.
If you want to talk about state-sponsored terrorism, the United States is not in any way innocent. The School of the Americas in the United States trained the same people that terrorized and killed the Jesuit priests and lay people in El Salvador. After the Gulf War, former President Bush sent in a CIA team to try and rile up the different ethnic groups in the hopes they would assassinate Hussein and that failed.
Do you want to know what we learned from Sept. 11? We learned that we are no different from the rest of the world. What we do, especially a preemptive war like this, is exactly like what the terrorists did to the United States. They believed that the United States was a danger to them, too, obviously. Instead of trying to figure things out through proper means, diplomatically, they chose the more military action, crashing planes. Are we any better because we use bombs or a formal army?
If anything, the United States, because of so many twists and turns of foreign policy, has proven to be untrustworthy and self-serving. We have left rulers that we put at the head of their country out to dry the moment that things got too hot. We start wars and covert operations in order to save economic interests. We assisted Hussein and then declared war on his country.
Think hard, all you people who will call Bush a "strong and unifying leader." What has Bush done since he became president? He has been waving Sept. 11 like the bloody shirt, using it as a way to bring up his popularity where it was once the most unsteady of all the presidents before him.
The events were tragic, yes, but U.S. reaction is too much. I remember reading in an editorial last year that in the past our patriotic forefathers never placed security over liberty. And they saw Washington, D.C. burn down in front of their eyes. We suffered something so many other countries have suffered and we clamp down on liberties for our citizens in the name of security.
This entire war on terrorism has only proved that the United States is xenophobic and is rejecting the opinions of the world because it believes what it is doing is right.
Sounds a little like what Iraq did when they took over Kuwait, doesn't it?
All Viewpoint Stories for Monday, September 23, 2002