Friday, January 09, 2009

We deserve what we get

This is old news, but it is worth a read today.

Roughly 12 hours after terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners in order to perpetrate unprecedented attacks on America, President George W Bush addressed the nation at 8.30 pm in a televised statement from the White House:

'Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbours. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them.'

...Then, with the world watching, he stood atop a mound of World Trade Centre rubble, a bullhorn in hand, and proclaimed:

'I want you all to know that America today is on bended knee in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn. This nation stands with the good people of New York City, and New Jersey and Connecticut, as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.' [rediff]

One and a half month after Mumbai's massacre, Pakistan is running circles around India even as fresh terrorists are hiding, escaping, attacking in the country, and preparing for more attacks after being trained in Pakistan.

We deserve these attacks and more as we show "restraint" and get slapped and kicked in the bargain...


Arif said...

Neelkantan, yes India should take action, but I hope it's nothing like what US has taken in response to 9/11.

“It launched two wars, one against a country that had not a single link to the events of 9/11. Close to a million human beings have lost their lives in that response. That includes 4,000 US troops in Iraq and nearly 1,000 in Afghanistan. That is apart from several hundred thousand Iraqis losing their lives. Countless Afghans die each month, as one of the world’s poorest States sinks deeper into devastation. Millions have suffered dislocation and deprivation…." Not to mention the effect Iraq has had in the US ecomony. Full article here.

Neelakantan said...

Dont worry Arif, India will do nothing of that sort. Indeed India will do nothing at all, I think.