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My side of the fence

I?m writing response to Paul Kamon?s letter in your Sept. 28 issue. I?d like to start by complimenting Paul on his obvious writing skill. He even had me feeling guilty about living in the first world. Kudos. It took me hours to get back to normal. I was forced to eat pounds of McDonald?s politically incorrect hamburgers. I then had to watch hours of cheesy American sitcoms interspersed with occasional CNN coverage of what they love to call Ground Zero. Only after this barrage of capitalist dogma was I able to pull myself together enough to respond to this self proclaimed "Humanist."

Like many others Paul does not support military response to the Sept 11 attacks as proposed by the good old US of A. He seems to think that we of the first world have motives other than "freedom and democracy" in mind. He goes on to say that we may just be trying to "preserve the status quo."

God forbid.

I could be mistaken in my interpretation of Paul?s letter, but I think he is saying that we, as a civilized nation should turn the other cheek.

In response, I must ask this question: What do we do the next time?

Does he think that these attacks will stop if we ignore them? I?m sure he is not that naïve.

Would he rather we sat by and watched our civilization disintegrate until our standard of living is no better than that of the huddled masses of Afghanistan?

It?s no secret that we have things much easier on this "side of the fence," but that means that we have a responsibility to share the good fortune with other, less fortunate nations. It certainly doesn?t mean that we should let our enemies pick us apart because we have a guilty conscience.

I think Paul has a little too much confidence in the strength of our nation. Our economy is in a shambles after the attacks on the United States. The effects are even being felt here in little ol? Whistler. The local tourism guru?s are predicting fewer visitors than normal this year. The mountain has already had to rethink its hiring strategy for the season. Air Canada has been left reeling in the wake of the hijackings. The nations carrier (the 11 th largest in the world) has been forced to lay off thousands of employees because Canadians are afraid to fly. Our government has had to bail our the airline with $200 million in aid. All this after just one attack. What happens if there are more?