Letter to the Editor: Response to "The 9/11 of 1859"
To call John Brown's raid the "9/11 of 1859" is ridiculous. While John Brown did kill many in the South, the Al Qaeda assaults resulted in the deaths of many more innocent people. The loss of thousands of men during this eight-year war could have been prevented had these attacks never occurred. John Brown was fighting for what he believed was right: equality for all, no exceptions – a necessary cause to fight for. The Civil War was already on its way. Even if John Brown didn't lead that raid, the tensions between the North and South had been culminating for years and a war seemed to be the only solution. And that is the difference: while John Brown played a part in the Civil War, he did not cause a long, grueling war – it was already coming; the attacks in 2001 led to a war that could have been prevented.