Don’t Blame Israel
Don’t Blame Israel
"What happened to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was a horrifying, frightening tragedy." John Baxter (The Wave, Sept 22) was right in stating that "We all agree on that." But what follows in his letter is not something I can agree with.
Mr. Baxter seems to believe that our stance on Israel is the "why" in "Why did this happen?" and that our government should bring "the two sides to the table and settle the dispute once and for all." This notion that if America could produce peace between Israel and the Arab nations that hatred against America would fade is quite simply absurd. Even if America were to simply follow a more isolationist foreign policy, hatred against America would still exist.
In his speech before Congress on Thursday, President Bush did not mention that there were any indications that American support for Israel was the motivating factor behind the Attack on America. The president himself said, "They hate what they see in this Chamber... They hate our freedoms, our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other." More than that, I think, they hate and resent the power of the American economy and culture.
American culture has long seeped out of our borders and into other countries worldwide. It can be viewed as a powerful invasion to their traditional societies and American thinking undermines and threatens the authority of their traditions.
Even while we seem to threaten their values and all that they believe, and while they wish to keep our influence on them to the minimum, they hate us because America is perceived as apathetic to their plight of suffering.
There really is no excuse or clear reason behind the Attack on America on September 11. We must be careful not to rush to judgment, both in blaming a religion or an American stance. We must accept that blaming others does not excuse or remove the hatred and evil that exists and that is directed our way. America is not loved by all. America cannot be loved by all. To change our policies and values in an attempt to gain that love is pointless. What we can do is stand tall, stand united, and remain true to the freedoms and values that this country was founded on.
MEREDITH R. FARRELL