"I Hate it..."
Here is hate from a conscious American for all the
Posted: 23 Rajab 1422, 11 October 2001
I have enjoyed our on-line discussion in recent weeks, although I am sorry that it took
such tragic events to initiate our conversation. I thought perhaps you would be interested
in other points of view that some people are expressing. The following was written by my
I absolutely hate what these terrorists have done, and not just for the obvious
reasons. I hate it, hate it, hate it in so many ways! Premeditated violence against random
people is absolutely odious. There is no way to justify it, ever. And, what I hate almost
as much is what these acts have also done to our national psyche. One day of tragedy is
spreading out into weeks of anger, resentment, fear, bluster and righteousness.
I hate that a climate of conservative militarism has been spawned across the USA.
I hate that citizens now seem willing to swap civil liberties for the illusion of control.
I hate that diatribes against pacifism, forgiveness, "liberals," historical
context, balance, empathy, and tolerance are now racing around the internet.
I hate that anyone who questions authority, embraces multiculturalism, or seeks to reduce
military spending now has his/her patriotism questioned.
I hate that any show of patriotic spirit is now in fashion, whether well-thought out or
I hate that we are now apparently negotiating away our support for human rights around the
world in exchange for promised support of planned counterattacks.
I hate that our interest in rooting out deeper causes of hatred seems to have faded.
I hate that other vital issues like poverty relief, educational quality, health care
reform, civil rights, and alternative energy now are pushed to the back burner.
I hate that hatemongers like Jerry Falwell and others are using this series of events as
an excuse for bigotry and oppression.
And I hate to hear myself using the word "hate" so much. [James Martindale]
"As I walk through this wicked world
Searching for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself 'Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred and misery?'
But each time I feel like this inside
There's one thing I want to know
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?"
--Nick Lowe (and Elvis Costello)