Justice Done Right
In regards to Mike Hall’s assertion at the end of his column on September 12 [“The Terror of Not Knowing”]: “Now is the time to strike back... Now is the time for those nameless, faceless cowards to run in fear, to tremble when dialing their loved ones, to wash their spare change in their tears.”
This call to slaughter the families of those who are responsible so that the perpetrators will know how we feel is appalling. This is exactly the mentality of those who would commit such horrible crimes, and what begins the endless cycle of slaughter and retribution that too many cultures in this world are caught up in. Mike Hall wants us to strike back now -- who exactly does he plan to target? I hope justice will come of this too, but indiscriminate killing is not my idea of justice.
I know this is a painful and frightening time for us all -- I hope we are able to overcome and rise above our initial reactions to fear, anger, and uncertainty and find a path to true justice.
Librarian for Mechanical Engineering
I realize that I am probably one of the first current MIT students to have been in New York City since the events on September 11. I had an interview for Columbia Medical School, which required me to drive over the George Washington Bridge.
My grandparents live in the city, my aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends live in New York City. For most of my life I drove down the Palisade Parkway and over the George Washington Bridge at least once a week.
My greatest memories of these trips were my mother pointing out the window at the skyline and telling my brothers and I how beautiful the view was, “Look, kids. You can see all the way to the World Trade Center from here.” Not anymore.
I was not surprised when I left my home on Friday morning with an odd feeling in the pit of my stomach. What was this beautiful view going to look like now? I didn't know what to expect.
And as I drove across the George Washington Bridge listening to a special memorial version of U2’s “Stuck in a Moment” did I realize something very important. This skyline has been tainted for millions of Americans. It is no longer the same, and pictures of it now have completely different meanings. Yet for all of us, this is still the New York City skyline -- and though it is now different, it is still special in its own right. The new skyline now stands for the unity of New Yorkers and Americans in general.
So what did the skyline look like to me?
I don't know. I couldn't see through the tears.
Daniel Fein ’02[sig]