Very powerful.. gave me goosebumps...

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Very powerful.. gave me goosebumps...
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 8:40pm
ok, so i almost cried..hehe i know it is long, but it is good.

>This one is VERY powerful and worth the read. No matter what your views on

>Bush, this, from an English journalist, is very interesting. For those of

>you not 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.

>

>

>Tony Parsons, DAILY MIRROR

>

>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 U. S. A. 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 U. S. by culture,

>language, and blood. A little over half a century ago, around half a million

>Americans died for our freedoms, as well a 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 and wives, and children,

>some unborn.

>

>And these people brought it on themselves? And 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 slaughterer 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 U. S. 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 U. S. A. 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 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 W. Bush gets worse press than SaddamHussein. 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.

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:51am
Thank you for sharing that