Right to revenge

By Geri Lynn Utter
October 11, 2001

I know some people are strongly against the old theory of “an eye for an eye” and “a tooth for a tooth,” but I totally agree with this primitive theory when it comes to the United States defending itself by bombing Afghanistan. Prior to the terrorist act that took place on Sept. 11, I was under the impression that the U.S. was invincible, but that childish image of the U.S. was shattered on that day. Who would have thought that the U.S., the most invincible country in the world, could be broken down into a complete state of panic in the matter of an hour? I never did.

Take a minute and think about the all the innocent people that were killed. Those people did not go into work that morning knowing that they were going to die. They were viciously murdered without even being given the chance to say `goodbye’, `I’m sorry’ or “I love you’ to their close friends and family. They were just like the rest of us; however, most of them were not given the chance to express how they felt.

After trying to imagine what the people involved in the terrorist acts experienced that day, I asked myself, do we have the right to take our revenge on the people of Afghanistan? I think we do have the right to take our revenge. Some people may view bombing Afghanistan as playing God, but I see it as protecting our country. If we, as a country do not put our foot down, it is bound to happen again. Are the people of the U.S prepared to watch over 600 innocent people die for no reason again? I don’t think so.

I am well aware of the fact that there are innocent people living in Afghanistan that may be affected by the bombing; however, at least the U.S. has the decency to help the civilians of Afghanistan. After all, we are targeting those that have hurt our country. It is not our intention to kill civilians that were not involved in the terrorist acts; but, it is only realistic to conclude that some innocent people will be affected by our bombing.

I look at it this way, should we sacrifice the lives of a few Afghani civilians or should we make ourselves vulnerable to be attacked again? Even though it may seem harsh to some, I think the safety of our country is more important. Do I believe we should continue to bomb Afghanistan? Definitely.

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