America bears no blame in her attack

First Posted: 5/12/2008

The suggestion that the attacks of Sept. 11 were even remotely justified is not only misguided but dangerous and implying that the murder of thousands of unsuspecting civilians was brought upon themselves by their own behavior as free Americans is grievous. Such as it comes (or used to come) out of the mouth of Jeremiah Wright, whose use of rage and invective as a tool for raising consciousness, in this more liberal age has largely outlived its validity as an instrument of reform. It is unfortunate this sort of arbitrary judgment evidently maintains its effectiveness among those who should know better, yet who insist on forwarding it as exegesis toward those who might be perversely and wrongly receptive to such calumny (Thomas J. Lucente Jr. column, "There's some truth to be found in Wright's ranting," May 4). And as of last notice, Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the attacks of Sept. 11, had not been conferred with the chairmanship of any government with an international agenda nor of any significant religious or cultural group except for a frenzied minority whose chief aim seems to be the murder of innocent people, including a good many of their own blood. Buying the lives of vulnerable young men with nothing to lose, with promises of virgin wives in heaven hardly seems the work of a leader or a statesman, or of a creditable minister of God.At the heart of every great religion (including Islam) are grounds for an intractable but benignant individualism that adheres to the faith that, if "I," "you" or "he" becomes a better person, the whole world will benefit from it. We see nothing of that in the actions or the words of the "religious war" of al-Qaida. To put American motives - the spread of democracy and free markets, popular access to medicine and personal security - in the same class with those of extremists is not only ludicrous but also sad.

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