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Some of my random thoughts,
and a few things I gleaned from the Web.

You are welcome to copy anything from this page.
Alfred D. Eller


I am sorry!

I am sorry for the mothers, wives, children, fathers, husbands and friends of all who were lost or hurt.

I am sorry that we, as humans, have the capacity to hate.

Hate is what is ultimately at the bottom of this tragedy.

I am afraid that hate will be our motivation for go after those responsible.

But, as we have witnessed, hate, uncontrolled, makes no sense. Is there much difference between uncontrolled hate, and insanity.

Did this attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon gain anyone anything?

Will killing thousands of innocent people in foreign lands, along with thousands of our own strongest and finest do anything to bring those who have already lost their lives so senselessly back to us.

I am afraid that this hate will spread. Right now we hate this mad dog and the fatherless pups that have done this thing to us. Let us control our hate and put our resources to work to hunt down and eradicate the world of this band of mad dogs. We cannot understand their motives, so how can we hate them.

I can destroy a mad dog without hating it. We must destroy this pack to protect the world from their disease, and to put them out of their misery. But, please remember, just because there is a pack of mad dogs in the world, that is no reason to rid the world of the whole species.

Alfred D. Eller

To Someone Unknown,

Am I angry? No, not really angry, more curious than angry. Anyone who could hate this much must have a reason, but I don't understand.

What did I ever do to you to make you hate me so much that you would do such a thing. I have always tried to protect the weak from the bullies of the world.  Sometimes I  have found it difficult to distinguish one from the other, but I have tried to protect the innocent. I don't understand.

I have never intentionally hurt anyone. If I stepped on someone's toes by accident, they would be angry for an instant, then they would have gotten over it. But, this must have been something much worse, something that made the anger grow, spread and fester over time. For it did take some time to think up this kind of action, plan it, find and train so many people to be so angry that they would give up their lives just to get my attention. I don't understand.

Well, you got my attention! But I still don't know what I did to make you so angry, How could I know, I don't even know who you are. Are you just another one of those bullies?  I just don't understand how anyone could hate that much.

Alfred D. Eller,

I hope this means as much to others as it did to me in this time of sorrow. I do not know who wrote it.

A nice Lady sent me this to add to this poem:
Thank you, Mariana!

"Old Glory" was written By Howard Schnauber. Howard is a veteran of the war in the Pacific in WWII.


I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.

I stand for peace, honor,truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher, my colors a little truer.

I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war for more than 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appamatox.
I was there at San Juan Hill,
the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome,
and the beaches of Normandy, Guam, Okinawa, Korea,
and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam Know me.
I was there.
I lead my troops.
I was dirty, battleworn, and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me and I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled
on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.

I have been soiled upon, burned and torn and trampled on
the streets of MY country.
And when it's by those whom I've served in battle - it hurts.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stood watch over the uncharted froniters of space
from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips
and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent
at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.



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Retaliation! Revenge!

Let us stop and think this over for a while. We may have the power to find and kill the person or persons responsible for this unspeakable act. But, will that not make martyrs of these terrorists? Didn't our mothers try to teach us that violence wasn't the answer?

Some children will grow up idolizing this “Martyr” and do their best to follow in his footsteps, so instead of destroying a small group of terrorists, we have spread the hatred that spawned it. In a short time, a few years to a few generations, we will be in a holy war with no way out. Bombs and bullets do not kill hatred and mistrust, they only enhance its growth.

There is no winner in this kind of war, only multiple losers. There is no end until one ideology or the other is completely eradicated.

Is there any way to eradicate an ideology? If someone killed half of the Christians in the world, would the rest suddenly quit believing? How about three fourths, or 99%, or everyone except you? So, we kill every Christian in the world, that should get rid of the idea. But, what happens when some archeologist in the future comes across a few pages of a Christian bible and thinks?

Maybe that is the key, We just have to kill everyone in the world who thinks!

Yes, I believe this “Mad Dog” must be captured or destroyed, but let's be careful not to destroy ourselves in the process.

My perspective as an old farmer: It is usually best let a neighbor kill his own mad dog, than to try to explain why we shot his faithful companion.

Alfred D. Eller,

Subject: A view from Afghanistan

FYI -- I got this from a Boalt professor. I thought it was important to think about.

Dear Friends,
The following was sent to me by my friend Tamim Ansary. Tamim is an Afghani-American writer. He is also one of the most brilliant people I know in this life. When he writes, I read. When he talks, I listen. Here is his take on Afghanistan and the whole mess we are in.
-Gary T.

Dear Gary and whoever else is on this email thread:

I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept collateral damage. What else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit discussing whether we "have the belly to do what must be done."

And I thought about the issues being raised especially hard because I am from Afghanistan, and even though I've lived here for 35 years I've never lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing.

I speak as one who hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. There is no doubt in my mind that these people were responsible for the atrocity in New York. I agree that something must be done about those monsters.

But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan. They're not even the government of Afghanistan. The Taliban are a cult of ignorant psychotics who took over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political criminal with a plan. When you think Taliban, think Nazis. When you think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps." It's not only that the Afghan people had nothing to do with this atrocity. They were the first victims of the perpetrators. They would exult if someone would come in there, take out the Taliban and clear out the rats nest of international thugs holed up in their country.

Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban? The answer is, they're starved, exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering. A few years ago, the United Nations estimated that there are 500,000 disabled orphans in Afghanistan--a country with no economy, no food. There are millions of widows. And the Taliban has been burying these widows alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with land mines, the farms were all destroyed by the Soviets. These are a few of the reasons why the Afghan people have not overthrown the Taliban.

We come now to the question of bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age. Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets took care of it already. Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses? Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their hospitals? Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine and health care? Too late. Someone already did all that.

New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs. Would they at least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the Taliban eat, only they have the means to move around. They'd slip away and hide. Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they don't move too fast, they don't even have wheelchairs. But flying over Kabul and dropping bombs wouldn't really be a strike against the criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it would only be making common cause with the Taliban--by raping once again the people they've been raping all this time

So what else is there? What can be done, then? Let me now speak with true fear and trembling. The only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there with ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly to do what needs to be done" they're thinking in terms of having the belly to kill as many as needed. Having the belly to overcome any moral qualms about killing innocent people. Let's pull our heads out of the sand. What's actually on the table is Americans dying. And not just because some Americans would die fighting their way through Afghanistan to Bin Laden's hideout. It's much bigger than that folks. Because to get any troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through Pakistan. Would they let us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan would have to be first. Will other Muslim nations just stand by? You see where I'm going. We're flirting with a world war between Islam and the West.

And guess what: that's Bin Laden's program. That's exactly what he wants. That's why he did this. Read his speeches and statements. It's all right there. He really believes Islam would beat the west. It might seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam and the West, he's got a billion soldiers. If the west wreaks a holocaust in those lands, that's a billion people with nothing left to lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of view. He's probably wrong, in the end the west would win, whatever that would mean, but the war would last for years and millions would die, not just theirs but ours. Who has the belly for that? Bin Laden does. Anyone else?

Tamim Ansary

[ This Is where I found this, Alfred ]