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September 12th

11 September 2006

Half a decade ago today, nearly 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in the United States. On that day, millions of Americans re-declared their patriotism; their loyalty to the United States and its commitment to freedom and equality. They did so in recognition of the deaths of the victims of the attacks, and because everyone else was doing it. They decided that on that day their world had changed and that it would bring in a new era of patriotism and American values.

On September 12th though, as many have noted, the country began to change in an entirely new way. No longer were the memories of those victims honored by loyalty to the nation that they died in an attack upon. “A single death is a tragedy, a thousand deaths is a statistic.” As far as most Americans were, and are, concerned, the victims of 9/11 were forgotten, as would be many other deaths, to be replaced by the memory of the day itself.

In the days and months after 9/11, we were told that the world had changed, that our beliefs and ways had to change. No, our lifestyles didn’t have to change to save the ozone layer; no, we didn’t have to carefully consider the subconscious impacts of 9/11 that might result in racism against Arabs; we had to give up our ideas about our rights. We had to give up our freedoms in order to keep us free. And we had to accept the deaths that would be caused by invasions of countries on another continent, the deaths of civilians who had never harmed anyone. We had to respond to the deaths of our civilians by causing the deaths of other civilians. We had to do this to preserve the American way.

Today, five years after we committed to freedom and equality, people want to use racial profiling and tap telephone conversations in violation of one of America’s most important documents, in order to keep us free. We have killed thousands of civilians in response to the attacks that killed thousands of civilians.

Because it’s the American Way.

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Independent’s War on Terror Count

10 September 2006

The Independent published a number of statistics relating to the “War on Terror.” Among the numbers are some of the many estimates of civilian deaths and the financial cost of the invasions. The first paragraph of the article sums it up bluntly: “The ‘war on terror’ – and by terrorists – has directly killed a minimum of 62,006 people, created 4.5 million refugees and cost the US more than the sum needed to pay off the debts of every poor nation on earth.”

There are also a number of stories relating to individuals either killed or injured in the wars, which are very much worth reading.

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Bush Uses Facts, Kind of

30 August 2006

In discussing his foreign policy recently, Bush admitted its lack of popularity, both in the US and in the eyes of the world, according to MSNBC. He declared though that he didn’t have to try to be popular, a statement which apparently extends to mean that he didn’t have to have popular policies. Pretty ironic coming from a president who was only popularly elected half of the time.

He went on to say that terrorism came to America’s “shores,” so it was right to take the fight to them and bring foreign terrorists to Iraq (like al-Zarqawi, who ran “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” event though he was Jordanian), so that they can kill innocent Iraqi civilians instead of Americans. IN regards to shores, he went on to say that there were “failures” in the federal response system when Katrina hit.

He also said that, although the decisions to withdraw US support from the International Criminal Court and not sign the Kyoto Treaty were unpopular, “you’ve got to make decisions based upon what you think is right — that you can’t try to be popular.” Apparently signing the Kyoto Treaty would be the wrong thing to do. He said that “this is a country that is doing a lot of good,” mentioning that “when the tsunamis hit, it was the United States of America who took the lead.” Although in terms of dollars, the US gave the most, per capita the US ranks 19th and per dollars in GDP the US ranks 20th. Per person, the US gave only a little over 11% what Norway gave. And despite his failure to agree to the Kyoto Treaty, Bush maintains that one of his two main issues is reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

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