2001-09-22 / Editorial/Opinion

Who Speaks For The Victims?

Who Speaks For The Victims?

Now that the rescue effort at the World Trade Center is beginning to turn into a recovery effort instead, it is time to take stock and see how this tragic event could have taken place in America. We were watching the aftermath on television on Wednesday morning, just as everybody in America has been doing each day. One of the commentators on a morning show questioned an expert on terrorism as to what the attack would do to the cause of civil liberties in America. He was worried that Arab citizens would be "profiled" at airports and in their everyday lives. The expert looked at him as if he were a child. "Who protected the rights of the 5,000 people who died Tuesday," she asked. "Who speaks for the rights of the victims not to be slaughtered while they are living their everyday lives?" We oppose racial profiling, but there must be a common sense element in protecting our citizens against this kind of terrorism. It is now time for that common sense element to take hold.

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