Reactions to the attack on America
These terrorists think that they are men doing God's work, but in truth, they are not men. Real men would never do what they have done. Once they have been martyred, they'll find that they have been doing the Devil's work, because, they most certainly won't be finding themselves at the right hand of God.
I disagree with Deborah from New Brunswick (letter - Sept. 27) who thinks "Canadians don't have a Prime Minister with half of Mr. Bush's values and determination." The statistics show that most Canadians support the way Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is handling the situation. He has made sure that Canada is ready to help the United States whenever needed. However, he's not irrational. He is showing a strong character by not letting the United States dictate what Canadian laws should be like. He is against terrorism; but he's standing up for all Canadians.
How do we keep this conflict from lining up along Western-Islamic lines? Muslim leaders have to come out strongly against militant factions, even if they are fellow Muslims, so they won't be able to rally Muslims against the West. We must tone down the religious fervour on both sides, this talk of good and evil. No religion has a patent on what is good and what is evil.
Joanne Light Miller, Brunei, Darussalam
Why don't airlines simply ban carry-on luggage? All bags would have to be checked at the registration desk. Place a second metal detector at the entrance of the plane.
Freedom, to me, is the ability to believe what I want, to say what I want, to do what I want, as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of or harm another. As an immigrant to Canada, I have always felt nothing but absolute respect for the ideal of freedom that in embodied in Canada and the United States. My family escaped from a totalitarian state where we were not allowed to say what we wanted (or we were persecuted), to do what we wanted (or we were imprisoned), or to believe what we wanted (or we were re-educated and killed). I no longer take my freedom for granted and I must say that I have found a new patriotism for Canada that I may have forgotten.
It is time to reach out past the hurt and look toward the future of healing and helping. We owe it to each other to make sure every person gets the acceptance and respect that we would expect from one another.
I think the world must be worse now than when God told Noah to build an ark. I believe we are about to see things during this new war than we ever thought possible.
As an American, I thank all the Canadians who have sent their prayers and words of condolences to my country for the murder of innocent men, women, and children.
Barbara Brodniak, USA
Words cannot describe the depth of horror, disbelief, shock, and sadness we feel in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies that have forever changed and ended the lives of so many innocent people. While we simply can't imagine the pain those poor souls are going through, we pray that those who perished are at peace in a better place.
Darren and Wendy
Tapping telehones. Monitoring e-mail. Deporting immigrants without proof of wrongdoing. Searching homes without informing residents. What happened to the land of the free?
America has been far from angelic. Invoking the name of their so-called "God" to further their designs is merely another sin on an already long list.
The Toronto airport security worker who was arrested deserves the public's support. The police are not so superior that they don't have to have their ID checked. The police have to learn to play the rules like everyone else. Give the security guard back her job with the deepest of apologies.
We must not join the United States in their suicidal lust for vengeance.
Robert Mosurinjohn, Ottawa