“We have to teach them a lesson,and show the world that they cannot do this to anyone.”
Those were the words and sentiments of Paul Karabulut,a resident of New York City. He shook with disgust as he uttered the words. It seemed he would tear the heart out of those responsible for the attacks at that very moment if given the opportunity.
“We have to do whatever it takes to avenge the deaths of those who died in this tragedy,” said another New York City resident. “If Bush does nothing,these animals will think America is chicken.”
Such was the mood among New Yorkers Sunday,as newspapers across the country hailed the end of America's innocence and the dawning of the age of terrorism. With the horrible images of the twin towers crumbling to the ground fresh in their minds,hatred and anger seemed to run strong through the veins of people who only days before had been passive and calm.
Donald Chambers,a doorman on New York's Park Avenue for 12 years,stated,“They left us absolutely no choice,we must take action against these people.” As he spoke he seemed repulsed that the question of what America's response should be to the attacks could even be asked.
Indeed,hatred and anger has already infested itself in this country as everyday more reports are published of hate crimes committed against people of Middle-Eastern descent.
As reported in the Washington Post,a man in a parking lot beat Mustafa Nazary,of Falls Church,Va.,last week. While the details of what spurred the altercation are still in dispute,the fact remains that the man who beat him wants revenge on those who committed the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington last week.
In related incidents across the country,Mosques have been shot at,pig blood splattered on an Arab community center,and murders committed with suspected hate-related motivations.
However,not all seem to want violent retaliation in response to Sept. 11th's attacks.
As Memy Melnick,a volunteer in the recovery effort in New York City said on Sunday,“It is senseless to counteract violence with violence.”