Not much to say, but wow. Think anyone can really understand that this person is saying? I don’t..we all think understand our anger over the state of the “War on Terror” but this person went through the attacks on 9/11, lived to tell about it, and still feels like he is not a victim of 9/11, but rather the actual war on terror.
Original published on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at CommonDreams.org:
by Peter Flom
I’m a victim of 9/11. I was in the building when the plane hit.
Compared to some people, I was lucky: I wasn’t injured. I kept my job. I got home easily. But compared to the vast majority of Americans, I am a victim. I had glass in my hair. I lost a year’s work, and some irreplaceable items. My family went crazy for a while, wondering if I was OK. My kid had nightmares. You explain to a 5 year old why (in his words) “They crashed into the building on purpose?” or reply to “I thought pilots were good people”.
But I am a victim another way.
I share part of this other victimhood with all Americans. I am a victim, not of terror, but of the so-called `war on terror’. I am a victim of a government that is out-of-control. I am a victim of crushing national debt. I am a victim because I live in a country that went from having the sympathy of the world to one that is a pariah, an outcast among nations, a rogue state. I am a victim because I now have to `watch what I say’. I am a victim because my rights are violated, not by some nebulous and inimical group of terrorists, but by my own government.
They do not speak for me.
But in another way, I do not share this other victimhood. My victimhood is being abused.
I have watched for years as my government – our government – has whittled away my rights, stolen my freedoms, and wrecked the constitution in the name of a false security. I have watched and watched and watched, as they have used my name – my victimhood – to make me a victim once again.
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