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Hi:  tell Vickie yes I got the message and it was a great 'bottoms up'!!!
Ask her if Jennifer is in that picutre!?  We also received about twenty junk
emails from different persons concerning Nostradamus and a host of other BS,
ALL of which I deleted without opening.  It seems from some that a minor
irritant/virus is being tossed around in similar messages...so 'be careful'!
Bush is at the WTC; Jennings still seems peeved that he didn't come straight
back to Washington from Florida on Tuesday.  Gee!!! Hain't he got nothing
more to worry about than my convenience!  Talk to ya later.  M

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From: "Ann Grasso" <A@AEGRASSO.COM>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2001 9:14 AM
Subject: commentary


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> Word eloquence is not the first string on my guitar. Therefore, I found
> these words helpful in capturing my concerns and pass them on to folk who
> have not read the NY times. I believe artists to be in the forefront as a
> venue for discovery and offering meaning and clarity regarding difficult
> issues. Therefore, posting this article on a book list seems appropriate
> this week.
>
> Smoking or Non-Smoking?
> By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
>
> JERUSALEM -- If this attack on America by an extensive terrorist
> cell is the equivalent of World War III, it's not too early to
> begin thinking about what could be its long-term geopolitical
> consequences. Just as World Wars I and II produced new orders and
> divisions, so too might this war. What might it look like?
>
>  Israel's foreign minister, Shimon Peres, offers the following
> possibility: Several decades ago, he notes, they discovered that
> smoking causes cancer. Soon after that, people started to demand
> smoking and non-smoking sections. "Well, terrorism is the cancer of
> our age," says Mr. Peres. "For the past decade, a lot of countries
> wanted to deny that, or make excuses for why they could go on
> dealing with terrorists. But after what's happened in New York and
> Washington, now everyone knows. This is a cancer. It's a danger to
> us all. So every country must now decide whether it wants to be a
> smoking or non-smoking country, a country that supports terrorism
> or one that doesn't."
>
>  Mr. Peres is on to something - this sort of division is going to
> emerge - but we must be very, very careful about how it is done,
> and whom we, the U.S., assign to the smoking and non-smoking
> worlds.
>
>  As Mr. Peres himself notes, this is not a clash of civilizations -
> the Muslim world versus the Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish
> worlds. The real clash today is actually not between civilizations,
> but within them - between those Muslims, Christians, Hindus,
> Buddhists and Jews with a modern and progressive outlook and those
> with a medieval one. We make a great mistake if we simply write off
> the Muslim world and fail to understand how many Muslims feel
> themselves trapped in failing states and look to America as a model
> and inspiration.
>
>  "President Lincoln said of the South after the Civil War:
> 'Remember, they pray to the same God,'" remarked the Middle East
> analyst Stephen P. Cohen. "The same is true of many, many Muslims.
> We must fight those among them who pray only to the God of Hate,
> but we do not want to go to war with Islam, with all the millions
> of Muslims who pray to the same God we do."
>
>  The terrorists who hit the U.S. this week are people who pray to
> the God of Hate. Their terrorism is not aimed at reversing any
> specific U.S. policy. Indeed, they made no demands. Their terrorism
> is driven by pure hatred and nihilism, and its targets are the
> institutions that undergird America's way of life, from our markets
> to our military.
>
>  These terrorists must be rooted out and destroyed. But it must be
> done in a way that doesn't make us Osama bin Laden's chief
> recruiter. Because these Muslim terrorists did not just want to
> kill Americans. That is not the totality of their mission. These
> people think strategically. They also want to trigger the sort of
> massive U.S. retaliation that makes no distinction between them and
> other Muslims. That would be their ultimate victory - because they
> do see the world as a clash of civilizations, and they want every
> Muslim to see it that way as well and to join their jihad.
>
>  Americans were really only able to defeat Big Tobacco when
> whistleblowers within the tobacco industry went public and took on
> their own industry, and their own bosses, as peddlers of cancer.
> Similarly, the only chance to really defeat these nihilistic
> terrorists is not just by bombing them. That is necessary, but not
> sufficient, because another generation will sprout up behind them.
> Only their own religious communities and societies can really
> restrain and delegitimize them. And that will happen only when the
> Muslim majority recognizes that what the Osama bin Ladens are
> leading to is the destruction and denigration of their own religion
> and societies.
>
>  This civil war within Islam, between the modernists and the
> medievalists, has actually been going on for years - particularly
> in Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Pakistan. We need to
> strengthen the good guys in this civil war. And that requires a
> social, political and economic strategy, as sophisticated, and
> generous, as our military one.
>
>  To not retaliate ferociously for this attack on our people is only
> to invite a worse attack tomorrow and an endless war with
> terrorists. But to retaliate in a way that doesn't distinguish
> between those who pray to a God of Hate and those who pray to the
> same God we do is to invite an endless war between civilizations -
> a war that will land us all in the smoking section.
>
>
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/09/14/opinion/14FRIE.html?ex=1001485821&ei=1&en=
> 30a6da667aa8c4d5
>
> Ann E. Grasso
>
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