Archive for Friday, September 14, 2001

Just wait

September 14, 2001


To the editor:

I could go on about how "we have to attack in revenge, or deterrence dies here." Or "peace is the only answer and violence begets violence." Or whatever I-know-exactly-what-our-foreign-policy-should-be rhetoric everyone suddenly wants to spout. But that's not the point.

The point is that you have no right. You have no right, any of you, to claim moral outrage at Bin Laden, or at the federal government, or at anyone. If you lost someone close to you, then you have every right to grieve for them, but to wish suffering on others, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT. To try to determine on your own how the United States should take action, you have no right. It is not for you to do, and it is not for anyone to do when they are angry and vindictive.

Mind first, mouth last, right? But with so many people it's mouth first, fists next, mind never, and while I could never ask them to think, I can still ask, and hope, that they could wait for at least a few days while they cool down.

All that I ask is: Could you just for once wait? Stop spouting the hate propaganda, stop printing exhortations to massive retaliation, stop championing the cause of blind peace, stop assuming that you know everything there is to know about international politics and about human suffering; just stop. In a few days, a few weeks, when we're able to think clearly, maybe, but not now.

Patrick Marks,


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