Letter to the Editor

by Susan Strong

It is vital to our moral integrity as a nation that we immediately stop calling the bombings of New York and Washington acts of war. These attacks were crimes against humanity perpetrated by an international network of mass murderers. They demand that justice be done. To react by calling for war brings us down to the same level as our attackers, because modern war involves the massive and systematic killing of innocents. The military's language for this, collateral damage, is exactly how terrorist Timothy McVeigh dismissed the deaths of his innocent victims. Our country and our leaders must rise above this level now, before it is too late.

Susan C. Strong
The Metaphor Project www.metaphorproject.org

[Reprinted with permission]

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