I received this in my email today.... --------------------------------------------- On September 11 2001 the whole world witnessed what was described as gargantuan manifestation of evil. Some were emotional to the extent of being maudlin and hysterical. Crying hoarse as to how could they do such a despicable, horrific, barbaric act of grotesquely inhuman nature? What was it that attracted the attention and peeved the whole world? Was it the magnitude of the accident? Was it the modus operandi? Or the people involved? Or was it about the motive behind the operation? It could be the magnitude (despite the fact that in some troubletorn parts of the world a far greater number die every week). The method used however was simple, relatively new and unexpected. And the people involved were ordinary citizen. It could have been worse if they were more diabolic. Was the intention to kill people in the most barbaric way and spread terror? Well, this may require some deep reflection. Reportedly, close to fifty thousand people worked in the world trade center and some fifty thousand visited it each day. The US media 'reported' some four or five thousand dead. The first plane crashed at around 9:05 AM - time when office had just started and people were still walking in. accepting the veracity, the theory that intention was carnage, sounds unacceptable. If the intention was to massacre, they would have struck later during business, when the place is packed with people. Or they could crash into a packed stadium and yet manage to kill more with similar ease. Why the world trade centers? And why pentagon? How many would they kill in pentagon? Or in a business hub at the begining of the day? Whatever be the reason, how could anyone do it to 'us'? Nevertheless, 'THE US' would do anything, including bombing any part of this planet, be it bigoted, lopsided or inhuman (actually all these adjectives are not operative when the USA is involved) and no one should bat an eyelid. There is a ubiquitous positive attitude, for general good, for world peace, for whatever that is 'good' under the sun. For, it is the prerogative of the USA. And the whole world would sing eulogies for them. Another consistent anomaly, which can not be explained is, an assumption by the US is the datum for the whole world. They have the support from everybody. For, they are superpowers. They are beyond all logic. What they say is logic, however weird. People always feel 'their' pain is most agonizing and incomparable. Similar feeling existed in pearl harbour, Vietnam, Iraq, Chechnya, Rwanda (millions of lower mortals died, and not a mention), Peru, Bosnia, Timor, Kashmir, ... and now in Manhattan. The list is probably as old as this third rock from the sun. But do we learn? We shout and do cartwheels in front of the cameras if something happens to 'our' people. And while the people of US are innocent victims, the rest of the human race, lower mortals, made of a different flesh and blood are rogues and enemies of world peace and harmony. Only Americans have the right to such emotions. Only US can be beleaguered when it comes to losing their kin. But they forget that this 'our' is everywhere in the world. We never learn that violence can only breed violence. That love begets love and hate begets hate, violence, misery and all evil EVERYTIME. US called the event an act of terrorism, mean, inhuman, fundamentalist, sectarian and fanatical. sometime back (september 1982) Israel's misanthropic militia started the most despicable pogrom. A three-day intemperance of rape and murder in refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila of Palestine that left close to two thousand dead. Then the Israeli incursion into Lebanon to throw the PLO out of the country (indiffer -ently supported by the then US Secretary of State, Alexander Haig), which cost the lives of 17,000 Palestinian and Lebanese civilians. And do we hear a whisper? Yes, the global disciplinarian is talking about practising 'restraint'. And now US wants bin laden dead, even if it means decimation of some lower mortals. It is more personal level and a prestige issue than anything else is. So much for fanaticism. We just need to accuse looking into a mirror. US wants a sustained and prolonged military offensive against Afghanistan to avenge the attack (presumably by bin laden) and a takeover of Kabul to restore the popular government (?). And what else do we have? Britain has offered fullest support, India, Germany, France and any country which mattered (or not) are offering their full support. They want to unleash 'US might' on Kabul. Powell wants a global assault 'in general' until 'it' stops. And US would not stop even if Kabul handed over bin laden. Does anyone recognize the repercussions this might have on world peace? Do they see the plight of the afghan civilians who are fleeing, dreading the US bombs? No, they aren't Americans, are they? If Namibia or Ethiopia wanted to bomb your city or country because they had singled out one person, who was hiding in your country, how would the world react? All the Ethiopians or Namibians, their friends and relatives would be killed and barbecued on acetylene flame for next 171 days by the whole world. but US can do anything it pleases. because it surprisingly pleases everyone around. why? because US is a super power. are we talking about this world? Or are we fighting for a candy or cookies? India had all the reason to be unhappy when Pakistan was fighting the war for Kashmir. But now they have no qualms in helping (or allowing any nation) US fight against Kabul. Incomprehensible! I can't comprehend whether US is desperate or simply brazen to ask Russia's support for their onslaught on Kabul. And one need not be surprised if Russia complied. Putin says that US needs to see this through. Interesting. May be regular practice in chechnya has inured him. Thought he has let bygones be and learnt from past. But no, he wants to repeat history again. With some change though. US used Afghanistan to destroy the erstwhile competing super power- USSR. Now it will use Russia to bomb Afghanistan. Incomprehensible! Pakistan has apparently promised fullest cooperation to US (on certain conditions!). It is caught in its own web. They, who advocated the jihad angle to Kashmir liberation have lost their fervor, credibility and wits. Or have they bartered their allegiance for the american sops (?). Incomprehensible! Their whole identity (if they had any) in the jihad group has blown away like a sand dune. And media, the most responsible, have failed in containing the anger. I was told media could start and stop a war. But today they MEDIAte a war. Maybe because they sold their ethics to purchase some more printing ink and camera rolls. At one end they conceal the number of deaths, and then they show the Palestinians celebrating (was it from their archives?). Precisely the things the bereaved people of US needed to vent their ire on minorities in US (But who's showing that?) Very responsible. There is no need for expletives. Good work! Keep it up for world peace's sake. Religious fanatics need to realize that one can only lead a horse to the water. Coercion will denigrate their own religion and defeat their purpose. They are also a part of the influence of evil on the world. If I told someone that he is not who he thinks he is, but someone else, would he believe? And if I tortured him to believe, would he? Right option would be to tell him and leave it for him to find out. Your conscience will be happy that you did your job. Also god said, those who do not follow my word would face my wrath. So do you want to punish them here and mitigate their pain in the hereafter by sharing it? Or do you want to decrease the number of visitors to hell? We never know, god might invite us there too. Shamil basayev is pointing towards Russia and Israel, Israel is shouting 'PALESTINE' and bombing them too, Palestinians are celebrating the event, lashkar-e-toiba is accusing Zionists, everybody is trying to prove their righteousness over the other, world doesn't see that every individual is a superpower and that HE makes the world. I believed, 'where there is evil, there would be death.' Never ruminated on the corollary. I saw a mourner holding a placard " today we mourn, tomorrow we avenge". Incomprehensible! And the US shall bomb the whole of any nation and bring world peace. HA! Well... so much hate, violence, lies, treachery and evil everywhere and.... lets talk of world peace! Pain can only last a lifetime and then, it is different. So cheer up George, live life! When people died and burnt, his men were trying to save his esteemed life and 9 hours later he vows to find the perpetrators, smoke them out of their holes, hound them, break them and bring them to justice. Exemplary? Or unbecoming of leader of the most powerful democracy in the world? No leader of today would walk the streets of new York and console people- for that matter no leader of today would do it anywhere in the world. Being on the TV from an 'undisclosed destination' of his immediately after the episode would have been comforting. Gone are the great leaders, who said, don't ask what the world has done for you, try answering what you have done for the world, and died because of their goodness. Kudos to those great men! Some are blind, others chose to be, and some have selective vision, some do what they want. And there are a few, concerned about goodness, peace and the likes, although miniscule. But don't worry, the world is livable because good is ALWAYS more powerful than evil. I ask myself over and over, 'Who did it?' Clinton? Bush? Castro? Sharon? Putin? Milosevic? Osama? America? Israel? Arab? Asia? Africa? The world? Maybe we all did. Some by commission, some by omission. Maybe I am equally culpable. But you can not catch me. Maybe you should try catching yourself. I sympathise with 'ALL' bereaved families. With a heavy heart I remain. Common man
[This message has been edited by Srini Madgula (edited September 18, 2001).]
Just another piece of garbage e-mail. The internet gives any idiot the ability to send their thoughts around the world. It's an amazing thing. One comment on the second paragraph. The figures are completely wrong. 20,000 people worked in the WTC and 5,000 tourists visited on a typical day. If the intention wasn't to kill a lot of people why didn't they crash them at 3am? I have no idea how things work in the writers country but in the USA if you are supposed to be at work at 9am then that is what time you arrive especially in the financial business!
well said, Thomas... i did not read the whole thing, partly because it is too long, but mostly because the first few paragraphs were incorrect and just pissed me off! actually, if you are supposed to be at work at 9:00 in the financial field, it is better for you to be there at 8:30! also, by doing this first thing in the morning it was easier for them to slip through security! that is the busiest time of day for business flights, so most people are not paying a lot of attention to the other passengers. i do not know what idiot wrote the email above, but he/she needs to check the facts and logic behind it.
subject: A common man thoughts on September 11, 2001