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On Thursday, September 11, Marshay Allen, CSUDH, wrote:
Subject: Why is everyone making a big deal about 9/11?

To Jeanne

As everyone knows, it's been 2 years since the plane crashes in New York City that took the lives of 3000 men, women, and children on that fateful morning of 9/11. What makes me upset about the whole thing is that most individuals are so quick to point the finger at someone to blame, instead of pointing the finger at themselves. What this means is that when something goes wrong we are all to blame because we are American Citizens. We cry "American Pride" when something goes wrong, therefore, when a bomb drops in other countries and kills thousands of innocent individuals, that's good. Wrong, because the Special Forces don't kill innocent individuals, we kill innocent individuals. Think about our tax dollars going to surpport our Special Forces; therefore, when a bomb is made, we help to build it. So how do you think those other individuals in their countries feel when we bomb them, steal their oil, etc? You don't know and most of us don't care, until we walk a day in their shoes, then we realize why most countries hate the United States Of America.

From Mar-Shay Allen Soc 220

On Friday, September 12, 2003, jeanne responded:

Very powerful statement Mar-Shay. And very well argued. You have expressed very well the sentiments that have been expressed by the left perspective, the perspective of many of the countries where our Special Forces have operated and are operating. And you have expressed very well the concept of complicity in a society that recognizes dialogic answerability and respect for the Other, where the Other represents all humans and the earth they live upon.

I'm glad we had the Dear Habermas forum available for this. May we all learn that sense of complicity we must deal with when we deny dialogic responsibility.

love and peace, jeanne