An Iowa woman recently returned from the Mideast says we didn’t deserve the attacks of September eleventh, but adds Americans often have no idea how we’re perceived by other nations of the world. Leanne Clausen went to Wartburg College, and took its “May Term” trips to learn about the rest of the world. She says Americans have a right to be angry, but should ask why some other country would attack us. Clausen returned this summer from her second college trip to visit Palestinian women, and says the U-S takes sides in global conflicts that can make a lot of enemies in those countries. She says we didn’t deserve it, but the only way to prevent other attacks is to re-examine how we treat people in other countries. Clausen has also taken learning and service trips to Honduras, inner-city New York and Chicago.A lot of its value was exposure to the work and seeing there’s something one can do about problems. Clausen’s 23 now and out of college, and says she’ll go to seminary school next, and will do human rights work, probably overseas, before serving as a minister. She says she’s always had a deep sense of social justice, and her mom thought she’d grow up to be a police officer! Clausen says she hopes the attacks of September eleventh don’t get the U-S into a war, but also hopes it makes Americans aware of how we treat people in other countries.
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