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James J. Cramer, The Making of a Hawk:

"Now I can't get it out of my head how unsafe we are. I can't get it out my head how much I believe that unless we destroy this enemy with the same deliberate force that we used to destroy our enemies in World War II, including the use of unthinkable weapons when it was clearly necessary to do so, my dreams of what my children and their children will want are, quite simply, so much pipe smoke."

It is there that James J. Cramer hits upon the reason for my anger, the reason I have gone over to the side of the war-criers. Two reasons (1,2) why I feel the need to take action and protect our future.

I fear for the future of my children. I fear if they even have a future at all. I want them to have a life free of the dark cloud of terrorism. I want them to feel safe and free like I have for most of my life. I don't want them to shudder every time a plane passes overhead. I don't ever again want to have to explain to them why children from another country are dancing in the streets as we mourn.

Peaceful settlements and understandings are the pipe-dreams. This should be realized by now. You do not negotiate or come to understandings with madmen. You take away their weapons, you take away their army, you take away their ability to strike at you. If we don't do this, we will face more days like September 11. The next time it happens, perhaps 3,000 dead will seem like nothing. Perhaps it will be you, or me, or our children buried under rubble.

They are still out there. The people who did this to the United States are still out there, still planning and plotting. And they are not the only ones. A commentator on television today compared Iraq to Eddie Haskell. Only thing is, while Eddie Haskell may have been annoying and arbrasive, he was mostly harmless. Iraq is not Eddie Haskell and we are certainly not the goofy little kid named Beaver.

We must stop them before they take what we have left away from us. We must stop them before my children have nothing to look forward to. I fear war and its repercussion, but I fear more what will happen if we do not make the first move.

With our without war or Saddam or any of the other countries who want America vanquished, I am still angry. I am pissed. My kids live in fear of airplanes flying overhead. They jump out of their skin when they hear a siren. The remnants of last September are still here, still being felt, still causing shockwaves.

I don't ever want them to go through this again.

Comments

welcome to the dark side, honey. can i get you a beer? homemade wine? tequila? hug

i understand what you r sayin, but you know what?
i disagree. yes, i know that the pain of9-11 is still here.want to know why?the government is keeping the memory alive.i feel that is wrong.just wrong.oh, and about the war with iraq-i dont think it is the right thing to do.if we pick a fight with iraq, my dear-lots of ppl wil be in great peril.we need to negotiate-keep some more peace,otherwise-all is lost.we already have a problem with Bin Laden.would it be wise to fight with Sadamm?

i understand what you r sayin, but you know what?
i disagree. yes, i know that the pain of9-11 is still here.want to know why?the government is keeping the memory alive.i feel that is wrong.just wrong.oh, and about the war with iraq-i dont think it is the right thing to do.if we pick a fight with iraq, my dear-lots of ppl wil be in great peril.we need to negotiate-keep some more peace,otherwise-all is lost.we already have a problem with Bin Laden.would it be wise to fight with Sadamm?

I do not need the government to keep my memory of that day alive. I don't need the media, either. It is etched in my mind, every last detail, and will be forever.

only you can keep the memory alive.

eh, sorry, which enemies were destroyed in WWII? last time i looked, japan and germany were still there, austria too. their militaries were destroyed, temporarily - they have armies now. what kept them peaceful, ultimately, was that they were rebuilt, and that their citizens realized that they were better off and less disenfranchised than under their military governments.

not to mention that the current situation - a problem with terrorists - is totally different than it was in WWII, and any comparison of the two is fatuous. i'm not saying bin laden or saddam hussein are good guys, just that a lot of otherwise intelligent people are oversimplifying this.

Hindsight is always 20-20. If we knew the results of September 11th before it happened, we would have bombed the shit out of Afghanistan. Nipped it in the bud. So with that in mind, should we wait until Saddam uses his new nuclear weapons on us and then have to retaliate? On the defense instead of offense? Backs against the wall, chaos on our own streets? Or should we go in there and put a stop to it once and for all? Part of the problem with moving forward on this is the people who are more concerned about accidentally killing any innocent civilians in enemy territory, rather than the people in their own neighborhoods. The UN and the EU are blinded by their Utopian dreams. Reality is here among us. We need to squash terrorism and any threat to our peace and freedom.

Hindsight shouldn't just step back a year.

I suspect if you knew what arming the Mujahideen to fight the Soviets meant then the US would have thought twice. If you'd known what training the Iraqi's to fight Iran after the Shah fled would cause you wouldn't have. Its all about manipulating other people to fight for US interests...

Course, who am I to take the high ground? My country invented barbed wire and concentration camps.

the US is disappointing me.the hate is expanding-from adult to adult and fom child to child.lets stop before the US becomes out of control.lets be smart and not fight with anger~otherwise,we are all doomed.let bin laden make his moves, and stop him before he finishes them.if we are such a great country, lets stop mourning,and be smart.we are all in this together.

tis true,tis true.