Stand strong together

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2001

I found myself greatly disheartened by several letters, opinions and viewpoints published in the Juneau Empire earlier this week. I was in the process of composing a response when Thursday's paper arrived. It was a relief to finally see a few doses of reality.

Hats off to Rob Skinner, Leon Vance, Todd Haubenstricker, McKie Campbell, Ralph Swap, Corey Deines, Geoff Harben and Diane Lauber, all of Juneau, as well as Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald, and Stan Tiner, The Sun Herald.

Unfortunately, we don't live in an idealistic world. (And if we did, since there are billions of us, who would get to define "ideal"?)

I do hug, kiss, praise and encourage my children on a regular basis, as well as try to teach them kindness, honesty, generosity and such. I imagine most parents around the world do the same. Nonetheless, those efforts didn't seem to be effective in deflecting the horrific events witnessed on Sept. 11.

Few people really "want" war, but sometimes circumstances and situations dictate its necessity.

I find it difficult to believe that if we just bury our heads in the sand and act as though nothing happened that the terrorists who initiated and carried out this murderous mission would be satisfied, and thus, lay down their arms. Anyone who keeps even somewhat in touch with world events knows Tuesday's attack was not the first terrorist blow (nor was it a whim); it just happened to be the biggest to date.

If America and other nations don't make a concerted effort to stop terrorism, it won't stop.

I also find it difficult to believe that the remote possibility of having to face an American court has those involved in terrorist activities quaking in their boots. I think they made themselves pretty clear last week.

Some of us may have to "agree to disagree," but let's do whatever it takes to stand strong together in the face of adversity.

Cathy Parmelee


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