How your life has changed since Sept. 11
In fact, my life hasn't changed. However, let me qualify that. I heard about the Sept. 11 incident in New York like everyone else, and spent much of the day at school watching TV with friends. I'm a university student in Winnipeg, and my daily life consists of commuting between home and school, and working occasionally. Basically, my life has not been effected whatsoever. I have seen no more security anywhere then normal. I have never been stopped, searched, or in any other way inconvenienced. In fact, were it not for the insane amount of media coverage, I would not have known anything had happened or changed. For that matter, the whole thing could have been faked - I would not have known better.
I'm lucky that my life has not changed, but I know that it has changed for others. I am currently doing my master's degree in genetics, and some colleagues of Arab background are telling me that attitudes toward Arab Canadians has become harsh, especially in small towns, where there are fewer immigrants. I am thankful to have an educated background and deal with educated people. Racism, prejudice and vengeance are the traits of ignorant people. Tolerance, knowledge of world history, and love for all human beings are the characteristics of people who have integrity.
My life has not changed at all since the attack. What has changed is the awareness of how little Canadians value our sovereignty and how easily we capitulate to outside pressures, particularly American. We send millions to aid the richest people on earth, and they slap us with a softwood tariff; we send troops to clean up their mess, and they say that's not enough; we are blamed for our tolerance of humans and love of peace, but it was their border guards who let people in; they see everyone as an enemy, we see them as potential friends. We do not need a common monetary system, a common border system, or a common anything. The Americans are too childish and simplistic to join the world community, so why would we align with them? Let them model themselves after us, not the reverse.
I am more proud now than ever before of my chosen country, the United States, after more than 30 years of residence. Most Canadians do not understand the American people, and you think you understand the government. Your pious, pompous posturing about any and all things American, except those which benefit Canada - free trade (we buy 90 per cent of all you produce) and national security (you have none). I was proud to be a Canadian, now I am embarrassed and think it is time to become a citizen of the greatest nation on earth.
D. Blair Johnston
While I would say that my life has not changed directly, the events of the Sept. 11 have made me feel a deep sense of loss and dismay over both what happened to so many people and the fact that the freedom and carefree lifestyle we had are gone - I suspect for good. I am not depressed, but saddened, and I still think of this tragedy every day. Of course, on a personal note, I worry about friends and relatives traveling, I am concerned about the state of the economy and whether it will ever return to some kind of normalcy. I am particularly aware of the hatred that so many people have for the West and, in particular, Jews. That really troubles me.