By Victoria Lynn Hall
I’ve struggled with some form of anxiety since childhood but after 9/11 was when it started to become unmanageable. That sense of security and safety that I felt living in the United States afforded me was gone. All of the sudden that file I had in my head of the worst things that could happen had expanded and was taking up all the space in there.
Yet, as full of fear as I was, I didn’t wish for some form of retaliation or show of US military might to protect me; firstly, because I didn’t believe that would protect me and secondly, because I now knew more of what it must feel like to live under the threat and with the consequences of mass violence.
Feeling as awful as I did, I couldn’t imagine what good could come from someone on another side of the world feeling that way (or worse) too. And the fact that so many people seemed to think that countering violence with violence was a reasonable response just made the world seem even more threatening to me.
At that time, I felt my only choice was to disengage from what seemed like an increasingly hostile world and try to heal and strengthen myself from within and I don’t regret that.
However, that is not my choice now. I’m not able to march in the streets and I don’t have the resources or the power to take on the military industrial complex in any direct way. But I will continue to speak out against any notion that violence, whether in the form of military occupation, drone warfare, sanctions, or exploitation, is acceptable when, in fact, it is madness. Just like it was madness to fly planes into buildings full of people.
The Medea Benjamin/Nicolas J.S. Davies article from Common Dreams which I referenced so much in this episode is: How Can America Wake Up From Its Post-9/11 Nightmare?
Visit CodePink.org to see how you can help with anti-war political actions and campaigns.
In this episode, Jesse mentioned this article by Benjamin Studebaker: Is It Morally Okay for My Little Brother to Work for a Defense Contractor?
Jesse also referenced this article by Michael Parenti: The Rational Destruction of Yugoslavia
I mentioned the End The Damn Wars protests happening on 9/11. Find more information at EndTheDamnWars.org
A year ago we talked about 9/11 in our episode entitled Focus on Foreign Policy.
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.