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"What kind of a country is so selfish that it doesn't see that 9-11 was tiniest big tragedy viewed from a global perspective. What about famine in Africa? What about AIDs?"
That's Mr. Winer speaking.
It amazes me that such a self-important person would place so little importance on the death of thousands.
Maybe we don't want to view this tragedy from a global perspective. Why are all the naysayers dragging famine and AIDS into this anyhow? Can we not speak of our own "tiny" tragedy without comparing it to others?
What about famine and AIDS anyhow? Did anyone who wrote about September 11 ever say that because America suffered this tragedy that no other sorrow in the world means anything?
Maybe it is the way in which the victims of September 11 died - all at once, in a violent, completely unforeseen manner - that makes it so striking.
You cannot discount the death of all those innocent victims in such an offhand manner just because people are dying elsewhere. Yes, people die every day. There are natural disasters and mass murders and lack of food and water and medicine contributing to death all over the globe. But that does not mean that we should consider the death of all the WTC victims as a "a small upheaval." Tell that to the families of the victims.
"They wonder at the spiritual vision of a person who jumps from the World Trade Center to certain death, but don't wonder about the millions of people who do the same thing with tobacco?"
Excuse me? When I light a cigarette, I am doing it by choice. I am not being forced by terrorism to make a choice between smoking and not smoking. I do not say a prayer or put my faith in a higher being to help me when I purchase a pack of cigarettes. To compare the spiritual decision of a smoker to the spiritual decision of a person who has to choose between burning to death or jumping out of the window of a skyscraper to his death is heinous.
"New York is a world city. The last gasps of isolationism will be snuffed out by more humiliation, until we get the truth, we aren't above the rest of the world, but we are part of it."
Yes, but New York is part of my world. It's part of my country. My making September 11 out to be more than an upheaval or a tiny tragedy does not mean I am an isolationist or I don't care about what's going on in the rest of the world. It doesn't mean I think that I, or my neighbors, or my fellow citizens are more important than anyone else. It only means I took it personally, as did most Americans.
Just ask the loved ones of the victims how tiny a tragedy it seems. Ask the thousands of widows and widowers and children and parents who lost someone they held close to their hearts if they should be feeling guilty about thinking only of their sorrow at this time and not of people dying of famine in Africa.
No one has a right to take your sorrow or grief away from you. No one has the right to tell you that your grief is misplaced or not big enough or not all ecompassing enough, least of all a person who places so much importance on his own sense of self.