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Friday, August 11, 2006

Airport terror


Thanks to the most recent attempt at terrorism that was caught today in London the terror defcon system in airports is now back up to red. Domestic travelers are now advised to arrive three hours before departure, up to five hours prior for international travelers! Among other things passengers can no longer take lip balm, gels, or water with them on the plane.

Water of all things! Ask any healthcare professional and they will tell you that passengers on planes need to stay hydrated. This is unreasonable. Just because someone in London tried to use water and gel to make a bomb, now no one is allowed these everyday things. We (the USA and other leading nations) cannot continue to simply react to problems. We must start preventing their source.

The government has never stopped to ask, "Why do terrorists do this?" And I think asking questions and then listening is where they should start. I do not believe that terrorists are inherently evil. I believe they are driven to acts of violence and by the unending injustice that surrounds them.

In Chicago I met a Muslim who said that when he moved to the USA he was suprised that this country really was the home of the free. He was suprised he could say whatever he wanted, do what he wanted, work where he wanted, and worship how he wanted. But he also said,

"I wish that this country sought justice internationally as well as it does domestically."


Why does the USA try to barter unfair cease fires between Lebanon and Isreal? Why are we the only country that failed to sign the Kyoto Protocol? Why do we have trade agreements with Central and South America that unfairly favor American big bussiness? Why did we start a war in Iraq without a majority of consent from other leading nations? I think all these actions are not right - they are injust - and to our embarassment they show that our country cares only about itself.

In today's world, one country cannot afford to look out only for itself. The USA must start to make friends with other nations. More importantly American govermental organizations, bussinesses, and individuals need to start making friends with their forgein counterparts. That is how terrorism will be stopped.

Terrorists are people. They are people who are the victims of injustice. People who have needs. People who should have been listened to before they turned to violence. The USA should be the role model in doing this.

But sadly, we are the opposite. We are the bully and the glutton who uses the cooperation the rest of the world has already started and bends it to his own gain. And this is our shame.

And so we sit dehydrated in our airports afraid of what terror will strike us next. When really we should be going out to our neighbors and business partners. Not to give them our money or to help them be like us but to listen. They know how to better themselves, and in time they will ask their friends for help - if they need it. And hopefully we will be open, and our new friends will teach us what we had forgotten - how to be decent human beings.

We cannot stop terrorism with programs or bombs or money. We stop terroism by being just and genuine people. I know it is unrealistic, but maybe someday we will even be friends.

4 Comments:

Blogger lalachan said...

Amen!

8/14/2006 10:57 PM  
Blogger lalachan said...

Amen!

8/14/2006 10:58 PM  
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