peace_justice (peace_justice) wrote in global_justice,

September the 11th and the Voices You Will Never Hear

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate only multiplies hate, violence only multiplies violence, and toughness is a descending spiral of destruction…The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”


~Dr, Martin Luther King Jr.


“I have yet to have anyone explain to me the moral superiority of someone who drops bombs on the heads of innocent school children to people that cut off the heads of others.”


~George Carlin



Shortly after the events of September the 11th, the calls for vengeance and retribution bombarded the American public and citizens around the world through corporate media outlets. Repeatedly viewers found themselves exposed to images of planes crashing into Buildings One and Two at the World Trade Center always followed by grief stricken citizens whose look of horror showed us only a fraction of the true feelings that engulfed people that day.


The Bush Administration who loudly demanded greater death, destruction, and murder of innocents quickly shadowed the same demands made through the actions of the few who flew those planes. In the course of events that have taken place since September the Eleventh, it appears these demands have been met with great success. Of course, we cannot blame the Administration alone, a compliant and submissive media whose message was swallowed with little or no questioning by a fearful population who stood idly by, with mouths agape stunned into silent acquiescence by the events was also necessary.


This series of circumstances easily allowed the Bush Administration to implement its plan “to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off Iran.” (General Wesley Clark)

Seven countries, untold numbers of dead, maimed, disabled, and damaged in exchange for the deaths of 3,000 Americans. “Collateral Damage,” the sterile name we are given for our justified vengeance that according to Bruce Wallace (September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows), does not include “the parts about the people who are damaged by the horrors of political violence, but do not die from it. They live through it, and are changed forever.”


Mr. Wallace, like many others hear the voices of “collateral damage,” unbeknownst to war supporters and those seeking revenge, they can speak, read, write, and feel. He writes of an Iraqi who he has had contact, “H may be ‘collateral damage’ to the minds-without-compassion behind the war, but he is a brother to me.”


Numerous members of the organization who lost loved ones visited Afghanistan shortly after the US led military campaign and in a letter dated February 14th, 2002, implored the President to assist in the establishment the Afghan Victims Fund. However, of more importance to note, is what can be found in the text of the letter,


Several of us recently traveled to Afghanistan and met with Afghan families that were accidentally affected by the US military campaign. We talked with widows who were forced to send their children to beg, families who could not afford to rebuild their homes destroyed by US bombs, children who lost limbs to cluster bombs, and visited children so traumatized by the bombing of their neighborhoods that they had stopped talking…We would like to extend the spirit of compassion and understanding to those families of Afghanistan. We believe this an important way that we can illustrate to the people of Afghanistan and the people of the world that Americans are a caring and generous people. We are eager to help in the fight against terrorism by promoting this spirit of compassion and understanding.  




To this day, they have yet to receive a reply.


Sadly, a day that should be remembered for what it had to teach us will simply be used by those in office to further the agenda of a few murderers who happen to sit in the White House.













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