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Something to think about

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    Something to think about

    Message from England

    No matter what your views on President Bush's statement of upcoming war, this, from an English journalist, is very interesting. Just a word of background, for those of you who aren't familiar with the UK's Daily Mirror. This is a notoriously left-wing daily that is normally not supportive of the Colonials across the Atlantic.

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    Tony Parsons Daily Mirror, September 11, 2002

    One year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of broadcasting -- the mass murder of thousands, live on television. As a lesson in the pitiless cruelty of the human race, September 11 was up there with Pol Pot's Mountain of Skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies stacked like garbage in the Nazi concentration camps.

    An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so utterly merciless that surely the world could agree on one thing - nobody deserves this fate. Surely there could be consensus: The victims were truly innocent, the perpetrators truly evil.

    But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly seen as America's comeuppance. Incredibly, anti-Americanism has increased over the last year. There has always been a simmering resentment to the USA in this country; too loud, too rich, too full of themselves, and so much happier than Europeans - but it has become an epidemic. And it seems incredible to me. More than that, it turns my stomach.

    America is this country's greatest friend and our staunchest ally. We are bonded to the US by culture, language and blood. A little over half a century ago, around half a million Americans died for our freedoms, as well as their own. Have we forgotten so soon? And exactly a year ago, thousands of ordinary men, women and children - not just Americans, but from dozens of countries, were butchered by a small group of religious fanatics. Are we so quick to betray them?

    What touched the heart about those who died in the Twin Towers and on the planes, was that we recognized them. Young fathers and mothers, somebody's son and somebody's daughter, husbands, wives, and children, some unborn.

    And these people brought it on themselves? Their nation is to blame for their meticulously planned slaughter?

    These days you don't have to be some dust-encrusted nut job in Kabul or Karachi or Finsbury Park to see America as the Great Satan. The anti-American alliance is made up of self-loathing liberals who blame the Americans for every ill in the Third World, and conservatives suffering from power-envy, bitter that the world's only superpower can do what it likes without having to ask permission.

    The truth is that America has behaved with enormous restraint since September 11.

    Remember, remember -

    Remember the gut-wrenching tapes of weeping men phoning their wives to say, "I love you," before they were burned alive.

    Remember those people leaping to their deaths from the top of burning skyscrapers.

    Remember the hundreds of firemen buried alive.

    Remember the smiling face of that beautiful little girl who was on one of the planes with her mum.

    Remember, remember -

    And realize that America has never retaliated for 9/11 in anything like the way it could have.

    So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked without a trial in Camp X-ray? Pass the Kleenex...

    So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up after they merrily fired their semi-automatics in a sky full of American planes? A shame, but maybe next time they should stick to confetti.

    AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot. That it didn't is a sign of strength. American voices are already being raised against attacking Iraq - that's what a democracy is for. How many in the Islamic world will have a minute's silence for the slaughtered innocents of 9/11? How many Islamic leaders will have the guts to say that the mass murder of 9/11 was an abomination?

    When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving Palestinians were dancing in the street. America watched all of that - and didn't push the button. We should thank the stars that America is the most powerful nation in the world. I still find it incredible that 9/11 did not provoke all-out war.. Not a "war on terrorism." A real war.

    The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell," if America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened the gates of hell like you wouldn't believe.

    The US is the most militarily powerful nation that ever strode the face of the earth. The campaign in Afghanistan may have been less than perfect and the planned war on Iraq may be misconceived.

    But don't blame America for not bringing peace and light to these wretched countries. How many democracies are there in the Middle East, or in the Muslim world? You can count them on the fingers of one hand - assuming you haven't had any chopped off for minor shoplifting.

    I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle. But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh. Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be - rich, free, strong, open, optimistic. Not ground down by the past, or religion, or some caste system. America is the best friend this country ever had and we should start remembering that.

    Or do you really think the USA is the root of all evil? Tell it to the loved ones of the men and women who leaped to their death from the burning towers.

    Tell it to the nursing mothers whose husbands died on one of the hijacked planes, or were ripped apart in a collapsing skyscraper. And tell it to the hundreds of young widows whose husbands worked for the New York Fire Department.

    To our shame, George Bush gets a worse press than Saddam Hussein. Once we were told that Saddam gassed the Kurds, tortured his own people and set up rape-camps in Kuwait. Now we are told he likes Quality Street. Save me the orange center, Oh Mighty One!

    Remember, remember, September 11 -

    One of the greatest atrocities in human history was committed against America.

    No, do more than remember; never forget!

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    Something to think about

    That was amazing! Kinda tugged at the strings. Ya know? Good piece fer sure...

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    I've sent that above article to a few people that work with me... sorry for the length of the below, but it sort of fit..

    I know most people won't forget what happened that day, but if they feel it ever slip, tell them to give me a call...

    I was in NYC volunteering 2 days after 9/11 happened. I was at ground zero for a good 8 hours working with the redcross... At the end of my shift the guy who was directing that station gave us a hardhat, gas mask, and redcross vest. He told us to take the last hour of the shift and just walk around to see what "they" did to us. It was the most terrible, and disgusting thing I have ever seen...
    Upon our arrival back in to town, we were asked to speak about our trip to a variety of interested people.. I was so in shock still, that I could not do it... However, I put together this account of what I saw...

    09/11/01 Unwelcome visitors enter NYC with innocent welcomed victims.

    My rage over the incident was quickly overcome by a need to be help. This was the case of many in this nation, however many, because of situations outside of their control, do not permit them to. AJ and I decided to allow people to contribute and we would donate our time to deliver their message. This message came in the form of clothing, donations, food, multiple necessities, thoughts and prayers.

    On Saturday 09/13/01 We traveled to a city once well known by me, however, now very unfamiliar. It's picturesque scenery and normal sounds transformed into a tangled mess of visible wreckage, multiple sirens and free flowing emotions. The smoke, which eerily flowed from the cavities of two towering memories, smelled of anger and death, but also fuelled unity amongst both locals and welcome guests. Also an unfamiliar site in the city.

    Throughout the day I took in the spectacle of a nation come together and reflected on memories of those that witnessed the incident at Pearl Harbor. I now know how those survivors feel. Many of my views will remain with me, and me alone, as I don't have the right or the will to disclose what I saw in such places as the infirmary where families of the missing gathered. My personal feelings of witnessing a new bride stapling a picture of her missing husband, among countless others, will also remain undisclosed I can say this...there was silence and there was hope...hope that was fading with each tear that met its fate on the cold floor.

    In conclusion I will say thank you to those that contributed, and supported this local effort. It was extremely successful and very needed. Uncountable New York City natives and those who were involved with the search and rescue effort personally thanked the surrounding communities of Berkshire County and Southern Vermont for its generosity.

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