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The other day, as I was driving home, I saw a sign on an overpass - "God is With U.S.". Now, I understand the sentiment, but let's not forget - those who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, are pretty sure that God is really on their side.

So what do we do now? We've been attacked by terrorists, something that we had so far been able to avoid, unlike the rest of the world. And worse, we're being bitten by the dog we once fed. That seems to happen a lot to us. Perhaps, in the future, we ought to be more careful about the strays that we decide to take on.

Although I am not against the war being waged even as I write this, I believe that there are other actions that also need to be taken. There are millions of people in Afghanistan who are incredibly poor, underfed, with no hopes of education or a better life for their children Feeding and clothing these people might be a greater help in the long run than tracking down Osama bin Laden. After all, he is as much a symptom as a cause.

This issue of the SCROOMtimes contains the thoughts of our columnists on the events of September 11th and their aftermath. Skippy wishes for peace, but knows that the wish must be tempered with reality. Dean Shutt, in Fun & Games, discusses the halting of sports activities in the wake of the bombing, while Dave Lind (Cheap Seats) and Matt Sedik (Meltdown) offer more personal thoughts. And Matt pops up again, discussing both the telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes" and Hollywood's other reaction, in Matt on Film.

And, while last month's tragedy weigh's heavily upon us here at the 'times, we also realize that continuing on is the right thing to do, our own little way of fighting back. To that end, in Gotta See This, our main movie reviewer Ealasaid Haas reviews the new movie "The Others", and the Backpage, as usual contains the best humor that we could discover, or hunt down.

Please check us out, tell your friends, and call up the Red Cross or your local blood bank. The need for blood didn't stop in the few days after the attack. Follow the link below to get more information.

Go to the American Red Cross