The world was stunned by the events of 9/11. I watched as the second plane hit it's target. I wept for my countrymen.
America learned that it was not invincible that day. We learned that our ocean borders could easily be breached. Later, thanks to brave patriots like Michael Moore, we learned where our "elected" officials interests truly lay. But, 9/11 is a time to grieve. It's a time to look at ourselves and our global neighbors and ask, "how can we do better?"
It is not a time to exhibit bigotry. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees. A new member at my chat group, Acoustic Coffee House, posted this.
"I personally am sorry the event even happened and I am sorry that I help support it by giving cash to all the 7-11's and gas stations owned by the terrorists right here in america,,"
This comment does not reflect the opinions of the Acoustic Coffee House or of it's host Care2. I personally find it offensive. I blocked the individual who posted it. This is a small action but 3,225 international members witnessed an American standing up for people easily viewed as "other." Welcoming and defending others is one of the ideals that makes America great!
Let's face facts, the United States is a land of immigrants. Our first generation immigrants breath fresh ilfe into our nation and make it stronger. Most Americans realize this. We welcome our new countrymen with open arms. We realize that they did not attack us on 9/11, it was Osama bin Laden and Al Quada. It was a small but dangerous minority.
America must grow up now and live its ideals. We must stop the hate. There is enough love to embrace the 9/11 victims and each other. We must make peace in the world by modeling peaceful behavior. We must demonstrate care but caring for our own poor, homeless, sick, aged, and illiterate people. We must live with integrity by honoring our treaty with the original Americans.
The world is in a dreadful situation today because of self-centeredness, greed, ignorance and hate. But it is also full of promise for peace and prosperity for all. The choice is ours. I hope and pray for a better world.