Best of the Week
of Sept. 23, 2001

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Here are the most intriguing cross-cultural exchanges either begun or advanced during the week of Sept. 23, 2001, as selected by Y? These postings, as well as "Best of the Week" entries from previous weeks, also can be found by accessing Y?'s database using the search form, or, in the case of answers posted before April 24, 1999, in the Original Archives (all questions from the Original Archives have been entered into the new database as well). In the Original Archives and the new database, you will find questions that have received answers, as well as questions still awaiting responses. You are encouraged to answer any questions relevant to your demographic background, as well as to ask any provocative question you desire. Answers posted are not necessarily meant to represent the views of an entire demographic group, but can provide a window into the insights of an individual from that group.

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Question:

Will African Americans treat whites better than we treated them, when they outnumber whites 2 to 1 and rule the United States?

POSTED 9/26/2001

Luther H. R., Long Beach, MS, United States, Male, Mesg ID 925200112035

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Question:

The terrorist bombing in New York has caused great ripples in the American spiritual consciousness. There has been a great call for prayer to God for encouragement. I think that is a good thing. But if we were to pursue this one more step, and ask the question, 'What would Jesus do?', how would non-Christians react to the idea of dropping food on Afghanistan rather than bombs? (1) Giving food and shelter to those in Afghanistan would be according to Jesus' teaching of turning the other cheek. (2) Afghanistan is a poor country and has been struggling many years. Many will starve this winter. (3) The people and government of Afghanistan were not responsible for the bombing. (4) In the war on terrorism (like fighting a ghost), the people of America will gain allies in Afghanistan by meeting their needs. The bombing was a terrible event, but an eye for an eye will not bring back anyone and will only cause further escalation. How would Christian and non-Christian people feel about responding in love, rather than reacting in hatred?

POSTED 9/25/2001

Ronald V., Edmonton, Alberta, NA, Canada, Male, Christian, Mesg ID 9252001115039

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Question:

After a specific attack, does a terrorist recognize a victory? What does a terrorist look for as an indication he/she/they have won? Death? Short-term chaos? An unpopular return strike that diminishes the responding country's reputation? Or, does it involve confrontation between attacked groups? Perhaps between American Caucasion citizens and American Arabs, for example?

POSTED 9/17/2001

Martin, Detroit, MI, United States, 28, Male, Christian, White/Caucasian, Straight, Scientist, Over 4 Years of College, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 916200181535


Responses:
I think that prior to defining a terrorist victory, one must define what a terrorist attack is. Using a strategic point of view, any attack that does not follow conventional means can be defined as a terrorist attack. Therefore, the term already will have varied meanings based on the context it is used in. The incidents of Sept. 11, 2001, while defined as a terrorist attack here, were considered conventional warfare in the Middle East, while in the Middle East, missile attacks and smart bombs would be considered terrorist. That is because the term 'terrorist' implies one who strikes fear to the point of terror, which typically results in paralysis.

Given that definition, victory would be when the object of attack entered a state of paraylsis, which is exactly what the United States did.

POSTED 9/18/2001

Tre, Chicago, IL, United States, 36, Male, Taoist, Black/African American, Straight, Management consultant, Over 4 Years of College, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 9182001125232

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Question:

With regard to the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, it seems that while war is still quite unlikely, it is much more possible than before. Perhaps it is time to review the drafting policies in place. Can anyone tell me why we should only continue to draft males? I find the male-only drafting policy quite sexist. There are already plenty of effective females in the military, and don't forget a few years back when females were practically begging to be let into certain military academies (like the Citadel).

POSTED 9/13/2001

Eric, Chicago, IL, United States, 19, Male, Independent, Straight, Student, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 912200112614


Responses:
You're finding that policy sexist because it is! I always figured having equal rights meant having equal responsibilities. When I was in college in the early '80s (shortly after registration started again), my roommate and I tried to register for the draft. After getting the card sent back three times with a note saying, 'You must have made a mistake, you stated that you're a female,' we gave up. I'd say it's high time we revamped the draft registration policies, but you'd never get a politician to go for something that would be highly unpopular. Sadly, I'm betting most of the people in this country would be horrified at the thought of 'all those Mommies' being sent to war. I guess we're not so equal after all.

POSTED 9/18/2001

Kay, Lansing, MI, United States, 38, Female, Straight, 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 918200175920


It does seem like an archaic practice hailing back to the days when if your male population was wiped out in war, the few remaining males could repopulate your country within one generation. Females could only reproduce once every nine months. Males could reproduce, well, as many times as they had the opportunity. If you are also referring to women serving in a combat role, (infantry, armor, etc.) I am ashamed to admit that we may not be ready yet. Can women serve in these roles? Historically, yes. But still, I was always embarrassed at the way my comrades behaved around female personnel after or during a long FTX - Field Trainining Exercise. (Slightly off subject note: I recall a study that proved that slightly overweight women with high blood pressure could be better fighter pilots than 25-year-old healthy males because of their ability to handle sustained and extreme 'g' loads. I cannot confirm or remember the source.)

POSTED 9/18/2001

J.D., Arlington, TX, United States, 32, Male, Agnostic, Scot/Welsh, Cherokee, Choctaw, Straight, manager, 2 Years of College, Lower middle class, Mesg ID 918200191042


Even if they did draft women, we'd likely end up sitting in front of a computer or fixing machinery. I really doubt that most women are ready for combat. Can a 5'5", 120-lb. 23-year-old woman carry the same amount of material as her male counterpart who is 6' even and 180? I don't think so. As a small woman (5'2", 105 lbs.), I'd prefer to be regulated to a desk.

POSTED 9/19/2001

CC, Somewhere, NA, Canada, 22, Female, Asian, Student, 4 Years of College, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 919200182359


How much you can carry is only important in a relatively small number of combat positions. Almost everything is carried by vehicles nowadays, even the tents for sleeping in the field. My drill sargeants in boot camp were quite blunt in saying that they preferred female recruits to male. They're better disciplined (far fewer macho types with attitude problems), have better hygiene and are more orderly. Many of the women in the service now ARE in combat positions (such as nurses at evac hospitals); we just pretend they aren't. Really, all the regulations do is act as a glass ceiling.

POSTED 9/24/2001

A.C.C., Phoenix, AZ, United States, 35, Male, Grad student, ex-Army, Mesg ID 9202001121609

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Question:

Why do Western people, children and adults alike, show such little respect for their parents? Don't some appreciate the time and effort their parents have given them? I see children and teenagers publicly yelling and swearing at their parents, and calling them stupid in front of their peers. As for the adults, some consider their parents a burden they must be rid of, removed from the family home or put in a nursing home. Where is the thank-you for the nine months of labor, and the dedication and commitment in raising someone from a baby to a walking, talking, thinking adult?

POSTED 9/17/2001

Kate D., Melbourne, NA, Australia, 22, Female, Catholic, Asian, Straight, nursing student, 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 9162001105610


Responses:
I think the reason children are free to say what they want toward their parents is that there is no discipline. Back in the day when I was a young buck, getting your a** whooped meant you messed up and were going to pay for your crime. Now, when a parent disciplines a child, it's called child abuse. With that being known, the parents are helpless and just let the children do and say what they want, to avoid any type of conflict. Once the parents back down, the children know how to manipulate their parents and get what they want.

POSTED 9/24/2001

Jerome, Los Angeles, CA, United States, Male, Filipino, 4 Years of College, Mesg ID 918200180821


I am lucky to have intelligent and kind parents, but not everybody does. Why should people automatically give respect just because they are related? Some kids get beaten black and blue and worse by their relations. It makes sense to me to judge people by their actions rather than their genetic relationship to me. People have children for all sorts of selfish reasons - why should the child feel grateful for the nine months in the womb? He or she didn't choose to be here.

POSTED 9/24/2001

B.B., Edinburgh, NA, United Kingdom, 27, Female, Atheist, White/Caucasian, Straight, PhD. student, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 923200114739

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