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U.S. foreign policy to blame in 9/11 attacks

Sue Gray

Dear Editor,

This July Fourth, as we Americans celebrate our freedom and the birth of our country, we would do well to remember the cautionary words of George Washington: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the American public and media have been asking, could the terrorist attacks have been prevented? The answer is yes. That terrible tragedy most certainly could have been prevented, but not by more diligent CIA and FBI efforts, not by stricter immigration practices nor by military measures.

In fact it could only have been prevented by us, the U.S. citizenry, because the attack was a direct response to our government’s appalling foreign policy practices. And if we continue to let the U.S. government support oppressive regimes, prop up corrupt leaderships, impose economic sanctions, and establish unwanted military bases on foreign soil, the American people will suffer more losses from terrorist attacks.

Alas, most Americans have chosen to remain ignorant of what our government is doing in our name and with our tax dollars, in foreign lands. We have created the monster and let it loose in the world, where it has been rampaging the planet creating havoc and deadly animosity for too long.

It is time for Americans to exercise true patriotism and put a leash on the ugly beast before it destroys us all. As citizens of the U.S., it is our right and our duty to monitor the policies and actions of our government.

Abraham Lincoln stated, “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”

For even in a democracy, government is a necessary evil that can if left unattended, grow into an uncontrollable monster.

Remember, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

That, by the way, is from the Declaration of Independence.

Sue Gray

Carbondale


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