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Saturday, April 27  

Dear ‘Lin’,

I thank you for visiting and contributing to Can of Worms. I have read
your response and I would like to write a little on it.

You seem to be complaining about the government invading our rights since
September 11th. Of course it is always in the back of my head, but overall
my daily routine hasn’t changed that drastically. Yeah sure, when I fly
I have to stand in long lines at the security checkpoint. Don’t forget,
flying is a luxury you can drive as well. It may not be as convenient,
but at least you and your rights have not been “violated” by taking off
your shoes for an airport screener. Europe has had high security at their
airports for years. We just happened to be a little “behind the times” in that area.

As far as my assumption about people looking for attention, I was reflecting
off of the comment from the college student being interviewed by the Hartford
Courant. She did not have any will, motive or beliefs she was simply out
there because she has the right. From her comments, I could picture her
out there chanting along with the rest of the crowd without an idea of what
she is saying. She obviously pointed out that she was unsure if the protest
was necessary or not. That is the type of person I was commenting on.


Let’s get to the ‘solution’, you said, “There will never be a 'solution'
for terrorism, so you suggesting that this group should have one if they're
going to protest is unreasonable.” Maybe you are right, there may never
be one. However what I want from you is your alternative. What is your
alternative besides military force. How would you do it. Anybody can whine
and complain about President Bush’s job on the war effort but have they
put themselves in his shoes? And as far as the lack of a declaration of
war: Who are you going to declare it with? This is not a conventional war
against a country. Did we ever declare the war on drugs? This is a war
on terrorism.

So in a nutshell, you want to sustain your freedom, peace and no terrorism.
Like everyone else I want those things as well. However, I also realize
that it is not going to be handed to us. If it is that easy you should
send a letter to the Middle East telling them what you want, see what you
get.

You also said something about ‘giving up large rights which we have fought
to conserve over many years.’ If we sat back and did not retaliate against
terrorism, do you honestly believe that you would keep any of our rights
for much longer? What you said is exactly what is going on right now.
People are away from the homeland fighting to preserve your rights,
including the right for you to protest against them.

Aaron

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Thursday, April 25  

A Lot of Noise Pollution, But No Solution



By Aaron Hann
Can of Worms



Last week, I was speaking to a friend of mine when another student approached us and handed us a yellow flyer. He told us that it was “about our future”. He took off before I even had a chance to glance at the piece of literature. My friend looked at it first and began to crumple it up. He said, “You don’t even want to see this Aaron.” I told him that I did, because I wanted to see if it even had an answer to go along with the argument.

The flyer was promoting the April 20th anti-war protest in Washington D.C. The document contained a few statements that I didn’t like right off the bat. First of all, there was a statement that said, “It’s time for all those who believe in and still cherish justice, freedom, and equality to demand.” Using the terms justice and freedom in this way did not sit well in my stomach at all. After September 11th it is clear that turning the other cheek is not going to bring us justice. There is no reasoning with determined terrorists. As far as freedom, our country did not gain its independence from Britain to establish a free country by picketers rallying off the British soldiers. Secondly, another section on the paper stated, “The war on terrorism breeds more terror….and it’s Unamerican too!” I am going to make this one short and sweet. This organization honestly thinks that they are the authority to define what is and isn’t American? There are many Americans that disagree with this organization and it does not make them less American or un-American. And the fact that these people are protesting does not make them un-American either. The fact is, we have the right to disagree with one another, and that is what makes us American.

Here is my problem with the protest. These people are sure making a big fuss, but do they have answers to the problem? I honestly believe that it is just a bunch of people who don’t get enough attention at home and they will say anything to be heard. They think, “My college professor is for it, so maybe that means I should be for it too.” Do these people think for themselves? That is what I want to know. One female college student told The Hartford Courant, “Maybe the government needs to be criticized [about the war on terrorism] maybe it doesn’t, but you have the right to speak out.” That does not sound confident to me. And she is right, she has the right to speak out. But that doesn’t mean you have an obligation to. Why participate in something you are unsure of?

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Monday, April 22  
Here is the first reponse it comes from the opposite side of the spectrum but as promised, it is posted.
-Aaron

Lin's Response


Lin is responding to "A Lot of Noise Pollution, But No Solution"


Hi, I know this is kind of random just writing you about a journal entry you wrote at http://canofworms.blogspot.com/ (Apr. 21).. heh, true it is that you have a right to voice your opinion, but I thought I should just share my viewpoint on your opinion as I would be included in the group who you categorize as "a bunch of people who don’t get enough attention at home and they will say anything to be heard". No, I'm not writing you asking for any 'apology' .. so no worries. I'll make it 'short and sweet' just as you tried to do.

Heh, first off, I think the group has an extremely legitimate concern as such things as the 'patriotic act' have been compromising the American people's rights ever since the "war against terrorism" (oh, but let's just overlook the fact that there never was actually a declaration of 'war') ever began. As far as the 'college student passing out literature' goes, heh, I believe that your thinking is a little skewed by believing that these people who are advocating an end to what the Bush administration have been doing are by any means 'obligated by college professors' to pass out these fliers.. true that they have the right to speak out, and obviously they have taken advantage of that right by their own will/beliefs.

Perhaps the pamphlet you were given did not accurately describe the group's main objectives in protest against the "war", but those can be clarified at http://www.a20stopthewar.org/.

Heh, there will never be a 'solution' for terrorism, so you suggesting that this group should have one if they're going to protest is unreasonable. The facts are that the American people's rights are being compromised in every way from privacy to detaining people illegally and later trying them in "military courts". If we simply sit back and watch the American government take advantage of this apparent power that they are recently exercising to great extents in 'the name of terrorism', then we may be giving up large rights which we have fought to conserve over many years (such as privacy) .. heh, all being reversed in a matter of a month.. think about it.

Thanks for hearing me out. :)

- 'Lin'

Monday, April 22, 2002

 
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