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ISSUE 118 VOL 9 PUBLISHED 11/19/2004

Sutherland's claims are not valid

By Melanie Meinzer
Contributing Writer

Friday, November 19, 2004

After reading Megan Sutherland's Opinions article ("Bin Laden's claims not unfounded," Nov. 12) on Osama Bin Laden, I was mortified. I cannot believe that someone was honestly searching for the logical rationale behind this man, asking us not to dismiss him as "a radical" or an "evil fundamentalist."

While Sutherland did make repeated claims that Bin Laden's actions were wrong, the underlying message of her article was clear: Bin Laden's terrorist actions are somewhat justifiable because they were propelled by some level of logical motivation. Justifiable!?

Sutherland made the connection that Bin Laden's "grievances" toward the United States were somehow the same "grievances" that the Arab world has toward the United States.

We cannot loop the claims that the Arab world has against us into the same category as the claims radical fundamentalist Islam has against us. The United States is by no means perfect.

Justifiable animosity in the Arab world exists, as Sutherland did a commendable job of pointing out. However, do not let Bin Laden fool you into believing that he is somehow fighting for the Arab world and its causes.

In just three short years we have returned to the same apathetic bubble that preceded the attacks. We have forgotten that evil people cannot be reasoned with; evil people will go to any lengths to accomplish skewed ideals.

We are blessed to live in a nation where terrorism does not affect us on a daily basis. We are blessed to live in a nation where we are given the luxury of defending the principles of terrorists like Bin Laden.

But with that said, we cannot be ignorant or even arrogant about the fact that terrorism and terrorists are little more than pure evil and seek only to destroy the freedoms of the Western World.

Osama Bin Laden wants to destroy the American Dream and if we continue to believe that he is operating on principle and reason, I am afraid there is a very good chance that he will.

Suzanne Myers '07

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