The following piece was Nancy Oden's response to 9-11, and was printed in the Bangor Daily News on September 14, 2001. It is still, perhaps even more so, relevant today.
by Nancy Oden
All good people abhor the death and destruction of this past week [September 11, 2001].
People of the world want peace. But they also want justice.
Looking past today, we need to learn how to stop terrorism, how to break the cycle of hatred and revenge. We need to come up with JUST AND POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES.
Clearly, the way countries now deal with one another isn't working. The world needs leaders who will set good examples for Earth's peoples.
Can we not use this latest Disaster as a starting point for working together towards peace? There is no security in revenge, only a continuous escalation of killing once the hatreds are solidified.
What can we do so people do NOT feel they have to attack others?
WHAT DO PEOPLE IN THE THIRD WORLD WANT FROM THE UNITED STATES?
- Bring health care, which should be available to all no matter their monetary situation;
- Clean up environmental messes and assure clean water supplies for all;
- Encourage people everywhere to live lightly on Earth, not buying or consuming goods they do not need, so as to leave some resources for the future;
- Assist in growing food crops suitable for each climate. Ensure control by the people of that region over what's planted to assure their needs are met.
- Build/rebuild houses and necessary social structures (schools, hospitals), especially where the U.S. military has done them harm;
- Work to relieve suffering of all kinds, wherever it may be. The U.S. has a lot to answer for to many peoples of Earth.
Only by helping others and encouraging other countries to do the same, and by working to undo the harm U.S. corporations and military have done, can we hope to achieve peace, cooperation, and genuine democracy amongst human beings on this Earth.
Nancy Oden, Jonesboro, Maine - September 2001
|Do right, and risk consequences.|