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Where were you when it happened? As anyone from my parents generations can answer where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, my generation is able to recall without hesitation where they where when those who hate America, and the freedom it stands for, inexorably changed the world as we know it five years ago today. Has it really been that long? Have we made much improvement in our interaction with the world? From a personal perspective, have my actions, or lack of actions, helped or hindered our situation? There is obviously no easy answer or a simple solution to these problems. There is no magic pill that America can produce to instantly change the opinions of those who have successfully terrorized our country.
I encourage you to not forget the past but let us stand together and focus on the future. Where do we go from here? I would suggest that the focus should not only be outwards on the flaws in logic of our assailants, but to also undergo internal analysis. What fatal flaws are we making to cause others to hate us with such passion? It is easy to point the finger at our elected representatives and say, â€œYou have failed us.â€ The deeper question I would ask is what else can we do now? Let us not avoid the correct solution because the solution might take too long or be too difficult. Let us not seek the quick patch job.
This will not be a war won with rifles and mortar shells, but rather by the unity of the mind. The battles will be over thoughts that promote religions freedom and a peaceful outlook preaching tolerance and acceptance. These are the same qualities that are the cornerstone of our countries foundation. I believe that we must also do a better job at listening. The world is telling us our actions may have led us down the incorrect path. I believe there are many things we can do better. Let us stand together and win the minds of those who disagree with us. Letâ€™s accomplish this goal through open communication and by showing the world by our actions that we are not a country to be hated, but a country to be supported and embraced.
What can I do? I will continue to support our troops, our freedom, our way of life, but I will also openly question my elected officials and hope that increased awareness and participation can help to secure a better way of life for all.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.â€- John F. Kennedy