We must all think before taking action
It has been 20 years since terrorists commandeered airliners and piloted them into buildings in New York and Washington.
People of goodwill throughout the world shared our grief about the innocent deaths and destruction.
Unfortunately, our country’s response became an even bigger disaster. It was stoked by often irrational fear and false alarms about weapons of mass destruction. Most citizens supported regime changing invasions in Afghanistan and then Iraq.
Many citizens also accepted use of torture and long-term detention of suspects at Guantanamo. It has caused loss of good friends and created more enemies.
It has probably been used for recruiting by groups hostile to our country.
Our misguided 20-year “War on Terrorism” has caused an estimated million deaths and cost trillions of dollars.
It has caused an epidemic of stress related mental problems and suicides of our multiply deployed service men and women.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. Others were from the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt. These are countries the United States considers to be allies.
Common sense response would be defense rather than offense.
The 9/11 attacks could not have happened if the cockpit doors had been locked. They have been locked afterwards. A 9/11 type attack can never happen again.
A lesson for the present and future generations is to do more critical thinking before acting.
It is the best safeguard against a repeat of our country’s disastrous response to the 9/11 attacks.
Saratoga Springs needs Montagnino
Jim Montagnino, Democratic candidate for Saratoga Springs Public Safety commissioner, has 33 years of service in our criminal justice system, both as prosecutor and court attorney. He has seen it all from both sides of the bench.
Jim’s deep respect for the law underlies his strong conviction that it must be administered fairly and in a non-partisan manner.
We have just seen the current commissioner engage in politically motivated arrests of peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators, generating a lot of publicity for herself.
The allegations were on the level of a traffic ticket.
When asked to comment, Tracy LaBelle, Jim’s Republican opponent, had no immediate reply. Jim issued a statement that criminal procedure law authorizes the issuance of a summons in place of an arrest warrant in such situations.
Remembering that those charged reported to the police station voluntarily without any threat of absconding, why wasn’t normal procedure followed? Why were they handcuffed and locked up?
What is required to tone down the animosity is a public safety commissioner who respects the office and enforces laws appropriately.
Jim Montagnino is exactly what we need during these turbulent and polarizing times.
Column and headline were inappropriate
The headline of Carl Strock’s Sept. 19 guest column, “Lost in Translation: Hard to sympathize with Saratoga BLM protesters, but 2013 death of Black man deserves an impartial investigation,” encapsulates one of the problems with the piece.
While this headline may be an editorial decision, its structure, like the structure of the piece, curiously places the “bad” behavior of the protesters over the criminally questionable behavior of the police.
Mr. Strock’s reprimands over “vitriol” and “aggressiveness” are symptoms of “white fragility,” an expression often derided, yet telling. Is Strock more offended by bad language than by bad deeds of institutions? Are his sensibilities offended?
ffective protests cannot be quiet and mannerly. Racist and inequitable treatment is an affront that must be fought, whether by law or by bullhorns, not by saying “please, let us in.”
I would expect a writer such as Strock to be more thoughtful in his social analysis.
His scolding column has more of the feel of Ms. Manners (Judith Martin), yet even she would deem his chastising as boorishly inappropriate.
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