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I have received several e-mails the past several days asking me to dress up in red white and blue on a certain day or honk my horn real loud at a certain hour so we can show the world that we won�t be intimidated by terrorists. Frankly, these things are a waste of time. If we really want to do something that will show the world we are united and at the same time hurt terrorism it should be this: on Saturday September 22, 2001 do not use oil. This means don�t drive your car! Why?
1) If we do this for just 1 day it will cost the Middle East billions of dollars. It will prove that when we get hurt it will hurt the Middle East as well.
2) Many oil-rich sheiks support terrorists financially.
3) These countries don�t want to lose money so this will make the Middle East more likely to want to stop terrorism by supplying intelligence and support.
During World War II people in this country were willing to make great sacrifices. Are you willing to go 1 day without gas? Remember don�t drive your car period on Saturday, September 22, 2001. This is something that will truly show the world that we are united, and fight terrorism at the same time.
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I think that you are very shallow. The price for which US oil companies are buying that oil and the price for which they are selling it to you are two different stories. If anyone is going to lose in that case is US and subsequently people here. I really don't want to go deeper into this and waste my time but that certainly is not the solution.
 
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Personally, your idea does about as much good as the people honking their horns, wearing flags, or other 'feel good' patriotic gestures... and actually does more harm... how is not using any oil going to hurt the actual terrorists? Won't it hurt non-terrorists in that region also? Won't it hurt businesses related to the processing and distribution of oil in the US too?

If you really want to fight terrorism, just continue on with your life in the manner you did before... show the terrorists that their tactics will not frighten you. I'm sure that one of the reasons that the terrorists chose the WTC as a target was to disrupt our economy... by following your plan to fight them we are playing right into their hands...

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