By Soren Groth
I'm Sören, a human being, male, danish, living in Sweden, a father...
but most of all just a human being.
I wish it was in a world of joy over the manifold of life I wake up
in the morning, but the events of terror and hate ofcourse put a dark
cloud over everything.....
I want to express my condoleances to all who have been hurt by the
meaningless acts of terrorism.....
There is so much hate in the world..... but remember there's also
a lot of love.
I understand the anger americans feel towards the meaningless
killing... but don't let the terrorists provoke the very essence of
civilisation.... the ability to turn anger into determination.... to
act with wisdom, instead of reacting with bitternes and hate.
The fight between good and evil is one we each and one of us have to
fight within ourselves, it is not a battle fought with guns and bombs
and military actions between good and evil nations or groups,
civilised and uncivilised people of different faiths.....
The maledominated rhetoric our leaders use frightens me
almost more than evils already done.... as they speak the logic of
Let us find ways to stop this chain of hate.
One thing I react to is the fact that these terrorists have pointed
out how vulnerable even the most powerful military defense actually
are.... that enemies can strike against the very heart of the worlds
strongest military power just using a knife.....
When the anger, the pain, the despair are less, when we try to return
to our daily lifes again... when the guilty has been found and
punished... I think this is the thing needed to be taken in
That there is no military answers to the security of the people of the
world..... that for the worker in USA, the worker in Irak, the worker
in Afghanistan, the worker in Palestine, the worker in Russia.... the
world is unsafe as long as the security politic is based on nations
striving for military power.... that the military strength of your
nation is no guarantee.....
So I hope for a global cooperation on rethinking the whole concept of
security..... I think the best way to prevent terrorism in the
future is to put more effort into "war" against poverty, illiteracy,
illness and unjustice.... that the leaders of the world take
the human rights, the liberties and democracy they say to defend serious not just for the citizens in USA, Europe aso, but also for the people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The terrorists thrive on the
despair in marginalised countries.
To prevent future terrorism is also to empower the good among the
people living in despair..... then their evils will whither. As well
as it empowers the good by the privileged and our own evil will
The people of Afghanistan have suffered war for 23 years.. different
groups of warlords either financed by USA or former Soviet have
batttled over their heads.... the ordinary citizen of Afghanistan is
no crazy terorist, have not been given any oppurtunity to freedom
and democracy..... Usmar bin Laden actually was supported by USA
when aiding the talibanis ovethrow the Afghani government then allied with former Soviet......There's lot of crap left over from the days of cold war.... many of the enemies of USA today, was former allies who came to power and opression of their nations populations as bricks in the game of cold war.
Catch the terrorists, catch the leaders supporting them... but for the
sake of our future, do not strike back at more innocent people.
It is no surprise to me that there are groups in the world that oppose
USA so much, that they've been blinded by that hate.
For 3/4 of the worlds population Pentagon, Free World Trade and US
foreign politics haven't symbolised freedom, justice and democracy.
Active support to undemocratic regimes not threatening the interests of
wealthy democracies have caused much pain. It is time for a change !!
Where are the rage against lack of democracy and human rights in arabian countries which are personal property of royal families,
some even without written constitutions. But not interfering with our
economic interests in the region...... In Kuwait forming of political
parties are illegal.. it was not a democracy the US saved from the undemocratic iraqi's.
To often have we closed our eyes and actively supported attrocities,
turned our back to progressive forces, which in the long run would be better allies, than the fascist and fundamentalist (conservative) murderers of today, who were allies yesterday.
I hope for an international cooperation not just fighting terorism but
also leading to arms reduction and social empowerment. 1/4 of the global military expenditure (accidently the US share) are enough to solve some of the worst social and ecological problems in the world today.... figure out what's safest for you.
Hunt down the terrorists and begin a huge new effort for social
empowerment of the poor and marginalised people of the world....
It is the responsibility of USA, Russia and Europe to clean up their
own mess in the third world.
Copyright ©2001 Soren Groth