Tuesday's tragedies must be beginning of the end for...


September 13, 2001

Tuesday's tragedies must be beginning of the end for terrorism

Sept. 11 will be a benchmark day in American history. Our children will be asked by their children what they were doing at the time of the attacks. I hope they will tell of our extraordinary bravery and courage, of the compassion and pride of all Americans and of how we survived to be stronger and a brighter beacon for democratic ideals.

Just as important, I hope they explain that Sept. 12 was the day terrorism and evil started to be eradicated.

No more coddling. No more proportional responses. No more liberal cries of injustice. Terrorists must die and the leaders of the countries that support them overthrown.

We must do everything in our power to grab the wealth that supports their crimes, while eliminating the jackals who create the terror. No country can be exempt and no terrorist organization given a reprieve.

Americans must realize that terror is not just Islamic in origin, but includes those on both sides of the Irish conflict and the ones in the Balkans, African warlords and those who wreak havoc in the Philippines and the Far East. We no longer have the luxury to pick and choose which terror to condemn and which to actively or passively give aid and comfort. All support terror and all must be stopped.

There must be a legacy to all the lives cut short so cruelly. I can think of none better than the eradication of terror and the evil that commits such incomprehensible acts.

Alan McAllister

Severna Park

Ruthless attack demands a devastating response

As a nation that loves freedom, we have become the victims of our goodness as a people and of the terrorists taking advantage of it.

I hope that when we find out who is responsible for this attack, along with those who aided the assailants, the full weight of our military is brought against them, without giving any quarter.

After all, the terrorists who did this deed did not give any quarter.

Percy Battle


It does not matter what the world thinks. Collateral damage does not matter.

If Osama bin Laden is guilty, the government of Afghanistan must be destroyed. Our attack must be devastating and ruthless.

The entire world must know that if you harbor these animals, you will die.

Tony Dean


We've all heard liberal arguments against a stronger Central Intelligence Agency, a stronger military and a missile defense system.

I wonder, however, if after we have found ourselves glued to our televisions watching America come under terrorist attack, these arguments against stronger protections of America, her people and her interests have lost some luster.

My hope is that they have and that we can all agree that we live in an increasingly chaotic and violent world. And that we need to take every measure possible to protect ourselves.

Carole Quine


Bombing was a response to America's misbehavior

I in no way support or commend the efforts of terrorists to weave a dark covering over our nation, and I would truly give my life for Tuesday's attacks to have never occurred. But I do want to recognize a side of this horror that has gotten little attention: The United States' malevolent involvement in the world.

The United States needs to examine its foreign policies and politics that have caused considerable terror in other parts of the world - such as Puerto Rico, Chile, Laos and Africa.

Tuesday's act of terrorism is a reaction to the terror the United States has caused the world. And for us to combat hate with another act of hate would only add fuel to the fires which have already been lit.

Tristen Lyon


Voices for peace lost in responses to attack

We were pleased to see The Sun's editorial calling for deliberation, reason and a search for peace and justice ("Answer terror with resolution," Sept. 12). Unfortunately, this voice for peace was sorely missing in the paper's main coverage of Tuesday's tragic events.

And President Bush certainly has not included a voice for peace in his recent remarks. His promise to "hunt down and punish" the perpetrators of these acts could result in further deaths of thousands of innocent people.

We must bring those responsible to justice without creating a climate of prejudice and fear in our own country and abroad.

At critical moments such as these, it is especially important to send the message to our government and fellow citizens that retaliation does not bring healing and violence simply breeds more violence.

Let us rise above the violence and make a true commitment to peace and justice throughout the world.

Laura Eubanks

Hannah Mermelstein

Miriam Steinberg


The writers are students at Goucher College.

No misdeeds can justify such an attack on civilians

Even granting that many around the world have good reasons to hate us for our foreign policy, nothing can justify this sort of cowardly attack on civilians.

How anyone could be crazy enough to imagine that this would bring about anything good for anyone is beyond me.

Carl Aron


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