WTCMemorial Twin Pillars of Light 9-11-01

Some things to help each of us to deal with the tragic events of September 11, 2001

My intention: to provide a collection of articles and information, so that each of us is better able to judge for ourselves our future actions, as individuals, as a country, and as humanity.

While I do not always agree with all the words you will read here, I think it is necessary that we are given the opportunity to understand the various--and often disparate--points of view of folks who have given this issue some thought.

Terrorism will end only when we--the powerful and rich countries--sponsor an environment that ends true evil: Hunger, Ignorance, Fear, Poverty, Torture, and Tyranny.

"As for courage and will - we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead." -- Andre Norton

"An Eye for an Eye" Leaves the Whole World Blind -- Mahatma Gandhi

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hot line to solicit and document discrimination complaints from Muslims and Arabs 800-552-6843.

USA for UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees--Ambassador Angelina Jolie

Support Organizations Relief Funds

News and Articles

Some Notes About Calamity...and Opportunity
BY David Brin October 15, 2001

Fighting Terror at Home: Rough Justice
BY ADAM COHEN December 5, 2001

Patriotism is no excuse for stupidity
MITCH ALBOM. November 11, 2001

Keynote Address by Bill Moyers
at the Environmental Grantmakers Association conference, Brainerd, MN October 16, 2001 -- I urge everyone to read this one carefully, and to consider the implications and how each of us can act.

Hate Club: Al-Qaeda's Web of Terror
TIME's Michael Elliott. November 4, 2001

Hey, Where Did the Earth Go?
by Hal Clifford October 31, 2001
Yeah, I know its old--however, it does make a point

America's Muffled Voice
November 4, 2001

Did the terrorists lure us into a trap?
by Andrew Bard Schmookler November 1, 2001

Media guide for terrorist beginners
by Manfred Gerstenfeld November 1, 2001

Yes, This Is About Islam
by SALMAN RUSHDIE November 2, 2001

by Franklin Foer November 1, 2001

by Lawrence F. Kaplan November 1, 2001

Blair is taking the political risk of his life in supporting the bombing
by Polly Toynbee October 31, 2001

Operation Enduring Avarice
Arianna Huffington October 31, 2001

Is Questioning War Nave?
Tim Wise October 30, 2001

Unintended Consequences
John Tirman October 24, 2001

Squawking Heads
BY THOMAS J. BRAY October 30, 2001

War against terror: A Saudi perspective
Jamal Khashoggi

Neither friend nor foe
The Guardian--Monday October 29, 2001

National interest dictates position
By Fahed Fanek October, 2001

Network rooted in 1970s Egypt
By Anthony Shadid, Globe Staff, October 29, 2001

By Molly Ivins Creators Syndicate October 26, 2001

By Richard Reeves October 27, 2001

Build Up
by Peter Beinart October 11, 2001

Calling for a Wider, but Smarter War
by David Corn October 12, 2001

The Roots of Terror
by Timothy M. Phelps October 15, 2001

Searchlighting Islam
by YUSUF ISLAM (FORMER CAT STEVENS) October 18th, 2001

Don't blame Islam or the United States
by Fareed Zakaria October 14, 2001

Attackers did not know they were to die
by David Rose October 14, 2001

Did history predict this conflict?
by RON DZWONKOWSKI October 14, 2001

Like it or not, we've all been drafted for our latest war
by MITCH ALBOM October 14, 2001

Into the Morass
by George Monbiot October 9, 2001

The Anti-War Movement's Challenge
by Geov Parrish October 8, 2001

All I Am Saying Is Give War a Chance
by Michael Moore October 8, 2001

The day is dark, and our tunnel to normal is long
by MITCH ALBOM October 8, 2001

10 Things to Know About the Middle East
by Stephen Zunes October 1, 2001

Baby boomers must confront peace vs. war
by MITCH ALBOM October 7, 2001

What some hate most about U.S.
by RON DZWONKOWSKI October 7, 2001

Politicians Exploiting Drug-Terror Link
by Philip Smith October 5, 2001

A Plan More Marshall Than Martial
by Brian J. Foley

US: What Bush Didn't Say
by Bruce Shapiro 9-21-2001

Surrender the Why
by Ari McKee

The Wartime Opportunists
Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman October 3, 2001

What Happens Next?
Jesse Walker October 2, 2001

"Can't Cry Hard Enough"
A Tribute to the Victims of September 11, 2001

U.S. Policy Toward Political Islam
Stephen Zunes--originally published June 2001

The Case For Force

Why it would pay the West to cultivate Saudi public opinion
By Jonathan Aitken Monday 1 Oct 2001

The world wants justice, not vengeance
By RICHARD B. PARKER - Tuesday, October 2, 2001

We've handed terrorists a victory
By ANTHONY WESTELL. Friday, September 28, 2001

Pakistanis Buy Into the Conspiracy Theories
By JOHN DANISZEWSKI September 29, 2001

Justice, Not War-By Kevin Danaher

Why do they hate America? Bryan Appleyard  note: i highly recommend this.


A Different Kind of War - Dr. Gordon S. Black

Jean Houston Letter

And Our Flag Was Still There

Citizens of the World - by Tom Regan

We Should Show Our Human Face - by Elena Murphy

Why? by Rahul Bedi

Why? by Sandy Tolan

Why? by Sheryl McCarthy

Why? by Joan Ryan

Why Peace? by

A Call To Be Fair - by Derrick Z. Jackson

Don't Give In To Fear

Fight the Roots of Terrorism

Not in Our Son's Name

Working For Change
Citizen Action & Donation Programs

Links to sites about WMD, the CDC, etc

Let the Game Theory Begin - By Robert Wright

The Subjective Earthling - By William Saletan - Reply to Robert Wright

Why I Fly the Flag - Michael M. Smith

WWII Vet Speaks Out - Maurice Sher

Fanning the Flames of Terrorism - Geov Parrish

U.S. Policy Toward Political Islam - Stephen Zunes
perhaps the best article I have read to-date on why 9-11 happened, and how we can reverse the terrorist trend

An Uncertain Future - Andy Rooney


The Present

Old Glory

Grief & Understanding


Pres. Bush Speech to Congress 9-20-01

Letter To Terrorists

2nd Letter To Terrorists

a very comprehensive list of links to News,
Support Resourses, Relief Organizations,
and Contact Information - by

Google's Thank You Page

Missing A Piece

Worthwhile Quotes

WTC - Damage report from CNN

Image Gallery

One Canadian's Tribute to USA
This is from a speech made in 1973, yet still appropriate

Petition For a Sensible Response
as of 9-23-01: ~700,000 signers since midnight EST,
Thursday September 13 2001.

I Choose To ...

"Please try to keep a sense of balance during this time of trial, the balance between anger and reason. The anger is real and justified but keeping a sense of reason will be the testament to our generation. We must hold on to a belief that good will still prevail. Not a good based on politics or religion, but the good of all humanity. Let those you love know you love them and above all, keep caring about one another."

Mike, Raine, Duncan, Jeremy, and Jamie -- Our Lady of Peace

"What I am advocating is an informed implacability, a shrewd ruthlessness, that will make full use of the new American authority based on American suffering. "

Richard Barron Parker is an American who teaches comparative law at Hiroshima Shudo University. The Japan Times: Oct. 2, 2001

Comments and Suggestions - say as much or little as you wish. All input is appreciated.

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I believe that people have a right to decide their own destinies; people own themselves. I also believe that, in a democracy, government exists because (and only so long as) individual citizens give it a 'temporary license to exist' -- in exchange for a promise that it will behave itself. In a democracy, you own the government -- it doesn't own you.

Along with this comes a responsibility to ensure that individual actions, in the pursuit of a personal destiny, do not threaten the well-being of others while the 'pursuit' is in progress.

-- Frank Zappa, 1989 RIP

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