Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

This letter writer from Dhaka gets it.

Remembering September 11
Gora, Dhaka

A year after the horrific events of 9/11 I still find a lot of peoples' attitudes amazing. The most common complaint is 9/11 was terrible, a real tragedy, but the US is overreacting.

Well I disagree with that. The USA is the greatest power in the world and the events of 9/11 was an attack on their very symbol. It would be quite difficult to pronounce any reaction, as over reaction, such was the enormity of the attack. I hear otherwise liberal, educated people criticising the removal of the Taliban. One friend even says that Afghanistan is worse off. The lot of the Afghan people is now infinitely better than under the Taliban. Yet there are so many people in Bangladesh who criticise their overthrow.

The same goes for Iraq. It is only the intransigence of the Iraqi dictator that has led to the threat of war. How can anyone defend that Saddam I don't understand? In spite of its errors and frequent misconceptions the US is on the whole a force for good. The proof of that is in the fact that in spite of being hated by so many people there are very few indeed that wouldn't rather be in the US.

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