Saturday, September 11, 2004

Al Jazeera Cartoon

I just saw a cartoon on the Al Jazeera.Net website that bothers me.

It starts off showing, "11 Sept. 2001" and then "A Tragic Day in America". Suddenly two planes are shown smashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The planes crash into the towers, one by one, and they each crumble and disappear in turn. Then a crowd emerges in New York City holding signs that say:
  • "Where is Bin Laden?"
  • "What About Promises?"
  • "We need internal security"
  • "Where are the terrorist responsible for 9/11"
Then, in place of the former twin towers are Presidential candidates Bush & Kerry. Kerry holds up a sign that says "Please give me a chance." Bush holds up a sign that says "Re-elect Bush." The cartoon ends.

I am bothered by this cartoon because it is almost a cheer on the terrorists' part. The cartoon is indicating that this Presidential election is based on this event (9/11/01 attacks). It also indicates that the American people are upset - holding up picket signs and gathered in mob fashion before the "twin towers" of the Presidential candidates.

I am bothered because it is pointing out the obvious.
Apparently America is displaying to the world what the terrorists want most: the American people crumbling within its own borders via internal dissension.

Terrorists bring terror to people by their violent actions which usually result in deaths of innocents. Terror causes fear which makes people angry. When fear takes over, people lash out at the authorities in place that are assigned to protect them. They lash out because of a lack of faith in those authorities.

Fear is the absence of faith.

Think about it.

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