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the November 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 48,
Is Not Payback
Free Press (independent
weekly), Accra, Sept. 14-20, 2001.
Attempts by some rational human beings to justify
the irrational attacks on the two major American cities last Tuesday
in which the dead are still being counted is as unfortunate as the
barbaric attacks themselves.
Considering the fact that the aircraft in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
on New Yorks two towers of the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon in Washington and the third [that crashed] in Pennsylvania
were civilian planes, directed at civilian targets by still to be
determined terrorists, means that not only were the perpetrators
of the attacks and their collaborators cowardly but they were indeed
Although freedom of speech guarantees the right to free opinions,
it is interesting to tune in to some radio stations and on the streets
here in Accra to hear people trying to justify the savage attacks
on civilians in America as payback time for the worlds
only remaining superpower.
These people, in their parochial and senseless disregard for civilian
lives, claim that because America supports Israel in its fights
against Palestinian terrorists and because it has become the worlds
de facto police nation and led the multinational U.N. force to evict
Iraq from Kuwait in 1991, last Tuesdays attack on American
soil by faceless cowards served the worlds superpower right.
Well, they may be entitled to their opinion, but what these people
must be reminded of is that they remain a minority in the comity
of the civilized world. If they in their infantile thinking believe
last Tuesdays attack on America affected only Americans, they
better think twice.