Today I took an Amtrak train to New York City. I had to switch trains at New Haven and the train was very crowded. I started talking to the conductor about it and he said it was because of the attempted terrorist attack on Dec. 25. He said that,”Ninety percent of Muslims want to kill us. It is a disease and our government does not want to recognize it.”

I do not think it is a “disease”; unfortunately, thinking it is a disease excuses Americans from any responsibility. I never thought it was fair or appropriate to say that 9 11 was our own fault, but, both as individuals and as a nation, we have an obligation to behave appropriately. Eight years of George Bush and Dick Cheney are probably as much to blame for the hatred and wish to harm us that many people feel as any “disease.”

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