To the Editor:

When I first read Ethan Fry’s Sept. 11th article, I contemplated responding to The Mirror immediately, but I felt my comments would be mainly unappreciated, as they would just iterate everything Ethan wrote. However, after reading the previous letter to the editor, I feel that it is necessary for me to give my two cents.

I couldn’t agree more with Ethan on everything he wrote in the article. Moreover, I’m completely vexed, and sometimes incensed at the response we “Un-Americans” receive whenever we give our humble opinion (which is a right provided to us in the first amendment of the Constitution of this “glorious” country).

I think Ethan’s point couldn’t be more applicable and appropriate given the current situation. That is not to say that he, nor especially I, do not feel sorry for the people who died and their families; by no means am I happy that Sept. 11 took place, and I wouldn’t even go so far as to say that it was deserved. But, America is not the center of the world. If you’ll remember World War II, as Ethan so eloquently cited, over ten times as many civilians died at Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

I think Ethan’s point, as well as mine, is just that enough is enough. I feel the loss of lives on Sept. 11 should be mourned, but no more than the loss of any other civilian’s lives. This obvious atrocity only further proves the fact that it is not until everyone embraces the concept of SOLIDARITY and BROTHERHOOD (isn’t this a CATHOLIC school, by the way, a church whose leader is JESUS) that acts like this will cease to exist.

So stop pointing fingers and realize that just about every country on Earth has suffered some Sept. 11, and in most countries, it’s far worse than New York City.

Do not misinterpret me. I love the freedoms provided for me by the laws of this country, and my partaking in the right to free assembly and speech proves that. If you truly love the ideals of this country, and not just the rah-rah flag waving like in George Orwell’s 1984, you’d think about that, too. It’s not about pointing fingers; it’s about finding peace.

Andrew Frankel ’06

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