Something about me, you might not know, is that I have pretty strong opinions; nice old lady, but under the wrinkled skin beats the heart of a warrior. And so today you will hear my opinion, take it or leave it.
I really appreciated Ames reminder of the 911 disaster. I entered this comment on her blog and thought I would repeat it here.
Even as a neighbor in a different country it still hurts my heart to think of the suffering of those who died and those who were left behind. I remember sitting in stunned horror in front of the TV, watching the news broadcast all day. When the Japanese hit Pearl Harbour, Emperor Herohito or maybe it was one of the government officals was supposed to have said: "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant." I think that is what that day did again for America: awakened the country to fight against the horror of terrrorism. I think in that one thing we can turn this bad thing into something good, never taking for granted our precious freedom and realizing the need to fight for it. We must be awake.
I wonder if terrorists realize that we think of them as thieves, thieves in the worst sense in that they don't steel anything they themselves can use; they are robbers who take and then waste something so precious so valuable that it can never be replaced. No matter what they do, they cannot replace a stolen life, all those stolen lives.
Also, I wonder if terrorist realize that anything that has to be supported by force will eventually tumble. Force requires a lot of energy and energy must be paid for. The more the force, the higher the price, until the price is too high to pay and all comes crashing down. See the history of the 3rd Reich or Communism or the recent words of Fidel Casto for a lesson on that,
In the end, if all such heinous acts of aggression were looked at carefully enough, one can see that they are driven by greed and greed is driven by pride (the desire to rise above another). I believe that no matter what the 'cause' may be, the motivation is greed, the inspiration is pride.
Lest we think we are so justified, so righteous, consider for a moment what any culture that believes in sexual morality or kindness would think of almost any movie or TV show that we think nothing of watching.
The fight against terrorism isn't just about fighting against the bad guys, it's about fighting against the bad. Like the title of this post says: Awake to action!
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