We have to start looking at the problem from the terrorist’s perspective, what are his motives? What are they trying to accomplish? How can we demotivate them from doing another attack? Retaliation is naturally in order but generally brings us further from a solution rather than closer, the terrorists have no respect for the lives of their adversaries, in their believe they act by the will of God, and any casualties amongst their own are considered martyrs and sacrifices to the greater good.
What we have here is a clash of cultures, the Western culture versus those of the Middle-East and from their perspective we are trying to shove our norms and values down their throats and they simply won’t have it and resort to terrorist activities for lack of a better alternative. How do we go about protecting our interests in the Middle-East without stepping on someone else’s toes? And more importantly how do we go about making treaties, supporting governments, as we certainly cannot hope to please all? Conflicts will continue to rise from our presence in the region and the collisions between our culture and theirs. What does need to happen though is a common understanding around the world that condemns terrorism and actively persecutes any terrorists or terrorist activity in their country.
However, for now we’ll be preoccupied with looking for casualties amongst the debris, caring for the wounded and mourning the death. I’m just hoping that the response of the Bush administration will be one that is not given in by hatred and the desire to take revenge. I’m hoping we’ve learned a great deal from bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the immense number of civilian casualties caused by both these nuclear blasts. Killing hundreds or thousands of innocent civilians might make us feel good for a while, but will only motivate these people to support the terrorists in their activities. We’d actually want to play our cards right and isolate the terrorists from their own people and make them understand that their own people no longer support their actions, that’ll stop them dead in their tracks unlike anything else.
For now, on behalf of myself and the Hardware Analysis staff, I’d like to express my condolences to those that lost friends and family and express our respect for the many individuals that are working day and night to look for any survivors and care for the casualties. The 11th of September 2001 marks a black day in the history of both America and the Western World.
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