There were people of almost every race and religion in the World Trade Center. I am amazed that everyone isn't outraged by this.
Tourists from all over europe died yesterday. Business men from all over Asia died yesterday. Dignitaries from Africa died yesterday.
A christian, a jew, a muslim, an anarchist, a wiccan, an atheist, and a voodoo minister walk in to the world trade center. There is no punchline. Just the hollow memory of people we loved and people we never got the chance to know.
The trade center was as diverse as america itself. I don't care who you are or what you believe, but the wholesale slaughter of innocent people is nothing to balk at. I would feel the same way if a flight of F-16s with Israeli pilots had torched all of the gaza strip, or if American B-52's carpet bombed a factory and all outlying buildings.
To say that those who commited this act and those that are harboring them are just as guilty just makes yesterday's attack valid. They want us to stoop to their level and get our hands dirty in their "holy war" or whatever they want to call it.
Our vengence isn't any better than their cleansing. If we really want revenge, then we should do the right thing. The civilized thing: Find them, Put them on trial, and have them condemned by their own people, race, and/or religion for the horror that they have wrought on their fellow man, and then have the executed.
Arabs may have had nothing to do with this attack. But it is more likely that one arab individual has. He doesn't speak for all arabs. Just like I don't speak for all middle-class white males.
I do think that we all know yesterday was a tragedy. It would have been a tragedy had it happened anywhere. Moscow, Bejing, Riyadh, Tehran, Baghdad, Paris, London, Cairo.
Innocent life has been taken. No cause in the world supports that.