Speaking out, an angry reaction, placing 9-11 deaths above other casualties

Two years later: Students share their perspective and reaction to Sept. 11, 2001

Here it is, the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Suddenly, it is difficult to turn on your television without being bombarded by "new tapes of the plane crashes" and "exclusive new footage."

What's the point of all the rehashing? The constant need to see grief and horror displayed day after day? Is it for the ratings? Is it a slow news week? Or could it even be a ploy by the networks to make people angry and coerce them into supporting the ill-planned "War on Terror?"

Well, whatever their motives, I am mad. I am mad because this country is placing the deaths of Americans lost in 9-11 above all the other casualties that have resulted from the "War on Terror." Where are the televised memorials for the families in Afghanistan who lost children because of our American "smart bombs?" Where are the statues for the children in Iraq who were collateral damage when American solders fired an errant bullet into their cars?

The best estimatethat more than 1,500 Afghans have been killed as part of the American occupation in that country, and 2,000 Iraqis were killed in the major months of fighting in Iraq. However, because of the deaths of 3,500 people in the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans cannot get over their racist notions and, instead, have chosen to label other countries as "the bad guy." And we wonder why they hate us. Sept. 11 was a tragedy, but it is too bad we could not learn from the evil of that day and begin living by the motto, "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

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