To the editor:
My first political memory is the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and the message of peace that he communicated created a justice streak in me that is 10 miles wide. No one can deny that events on Sept. 11 were horrific, but I hoped we would respond with justice and embrace the Bill of Rights for the world's population, because we are all created equal. Instead I see the growth of a McCarthy Era attitude of suspicion, with the Office of Homeland Security as its lesion, where intolerance and paranoia are funded with our tax dollars. I hope the residents of this country do not allow the fear pressure that is the trumpet of the Bush administration to lull us into intolerant complacency.
I believe we live in the most wonderful country in the world for many reasons, including my right to submit this letter. I also feel world leaders should bring Osama bin Laden to justice. But a "war on terror" is incredibly contradictory. The best "war" on terror that the United States could champion is one of peace and integration into a cultural world instead of alienating ourselves from it. One glance at the "war on terror" between Israel and Palestine painfully illustrates the fruitlessness of such a path. I will not support a war on terror in the name of peace or justice. We can all exercise our First Amendment rights and loudly oppose that path, and instead embrace true justice.