We can resolve problems without enforcing our might
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 10:49 p.m.
I would like to comment on the reactionary replies to Joe Little's column of Jan. 5 on terror. As I read Little's column, the idea that one man's freedom-fighter is another man's terrorist was conveyed. Since such a paradox exists, it follows that if a freedom-fighter's actions are justifiable to some, then a terrorist's actions are justifiable to some, as well.
Another point of Little's was that some of the actions of our government in the past could have been perceived by others in the world as unjust, immoral and, yes, maybe worthy of the label of terrorism.
History would bear out the fact that we have put the economic screws to many a fledgling government at the expense of the people of that land.
We have overthrown freely elected governments and put dictators in power with little regard for the citizens or cultures of those countries. We have been more concerned with spreading our economic principles rather than our democratic principles.
Two responders to the article, Bob Murphy and Jeff Meling, cloak themselves in nationalistic sentiment for which they should be commended. We all want our government to respond to issues in a manner that leads to lasting resolutions.
To Murphy who asked: " Who but a fool would even contemplate the rhetorical question 'Has Terror no internal justification and morality?' " One can only ask in reply: Who but a fool would not, if it could help in understanding the perspectives involved and ultimately lead to the most appropriate resolution possible?
To Meling, I can only hope that some day he will notice some of the different shades of gray, as well as the infinite colors, that exist between his Pleasantvillesque black-and-white world. It is a wonderful, yet challenging existence.
We should ask questions. We should learn from history. We should always attempt to broaden our understanding.
I think we can rectify situations without just threatening to use or using our economic and military might.
I think terrorist acts are acts of desperation and exasperation, not this oversimplified notion of evil for the sake of evil. I think there are voices in this "great conversation" that have been ignored for a long time and are trying to be heard.
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