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    takes me back to sitting in my freshman civics class at 14 watching NYC under attack on that Tuesday morning.  So you're pretty much my age (I'm 25 for another few weeks).  

    What's interesting is thinking about my own perspective during these times.  I was horrified by the 11 Sep attacks, but I was immediately worried about how we would handle this.  I knew it was going to turn into a witch hunt of sorts, and I was afraid of what we would do.  

    About two weeks after I turned 16, we were invading Iraq and already in Afghanistan.

    I would always make the case to friends, family, teachers, peers, etc., that terrorists don't have a country.  There is no "Terrorland" on a map to go attack.  Starting a war, like the wars I read about in history class, was extreme.  A few people did something bad.  And then everyone seemed to let their racism flags fly after those attacks, like it was okay because "they" attacked us.  Muslims didn't attack us as a group, brown people (other terms I won't use) didn't attack us, a handful of terrorists did.  I couldn't understand why nobody would see this.  Next thing I knew, supposedly Saddam Hussein was in on this and we're bombing Iraq while telling France they're full of shit and we don't need them anyway.

    I was always a progressive, I just didn't know it, and I didn't have the right words/tools to stand up for my views.  My mom put the GOP into perspective growing up, because she stated "The only times I have been laid off in my life are when a Republican is in office." (referring to the presidency)  And part of the economic crash in 2007/2008 got her laid off again, because at the time she was crash testing cars and her entire shift was laid off.

    "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

    by Silvia Nightshade on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:24:01 AM PST

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