One effect of this tragedy is definitely that there's more patriotism in America now than before. People are raising the flag.
I just hope that the stupid Americans stop beating up random people who "look like Arabs" (which seems to have been happening in all the chaos), because Arab Americans are part of the flag that people are raising.
Here's a poem by Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese American poet, about America.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Geneva">quote:</font><HR>I believe in you, and I believe in your destiny.
I believe that you are contributors to this
I believe that you have inherited from your
forefathers an ancient dream, a song, a
prophecy, which you can proudly lay as a
gift of gratitude upon the lap of America.
I believe that you can say to the Founders of
this great nation, "Here I am, a youth, a
young tree, whose roots were plucked from
the hills of Lebanon, yet am I deeply rooted here,
and I will be fruitful.
When John F. Kennedy said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country," he was actually quoting Kahlil Gibran when he addressed the people of Syria and Lebanon half a century earlier.
Well, now you know if you didn't know. I wish these dumb arab-bashers knew.
I also wish Bush and his dumb dad weren't such retards. How come there wasn't a great mourning for all the times they bombed Iraq? Because Iraq is...evil? Gimme a break! Whenever they attacked Iraq, I just thought, 'they're asking for it.'