The Associated Press has quoted 19-year-old Colin Zaremba, whose own name suggests immigrant origins, as saying, "I'm proud to be an American, and I hate Arabs and I always have."
It seems like everyone is proud to be an American these days, however, like Zaremba, most people, especially America's adolescents, know nothing about being one. Being patriotic doesn't mean scurrying to your local Wal-Mart and buying the U.S. flag gear or harassing Arabs; it's much more than that. The democratic ideals of this country are hoisted up high around this world by our flag. Everything that our country stands for is symbolized in our flag and like Zaremba, I'm afraid our leaders don't realize that. The leading political parties of this country should exemplify our ideals, diversity, free speech, and tolerance.
One's gut reaction to any kind of attack is to get revenge, but much like a tango, it takes two to wage war.
And frankly, we Americans should stand our ground! Show everyone that terrorism will not be tolerated! ... and show it peacefully. Once someone drops a nuclear bomb in this day and age, the world as we know it will come to an end. War is not the answer to terrorism. Any attacks on the terrorists will result in a return attack. What the world desperately needs is a solution that will allow the global population to enjoy their lives without the need to annihilate an entire culture.
This event will be regarded as the single worst attack on the U.S. ever. How do you retaliate? It's not like you can go out there and "one up" them. Anything we do just is a slap on the wrist to the perpetrators as a whole. Bush expects the world, in its entirety, to make a stand against terrorism.