Another view from Britain:Posted by Ed Davis, DPM on 9/17/03 at 10:25 (130328)
Before I head out, here is another view from Britain-- comforting to know that there are still those out there who have not sunk into the dark depths of left wing depravity.....Ed
Do More Than Remember
by British journalist Tony Parsons
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 recognised 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 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 realise 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 centre, 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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Re: Another view from Britain:Sharon W on 9/17/03 at 11:37 (130334)
Thank you, Dr. Ed.
Re: Another view from Britain:Dr. Z on 9/17/03 at 11:42 (130337)
I love it
Re: Another view from Britain:Max K on 9/17/03 at 12:08 (130341)
Life requires lots of COURAGE, because bad things happen, a lot. Life is neither fair nor safe.
Some people have never matured beyond the childhood belief that life be fair and safe. So when confronted with a belief-shattering atrocity like 9/11, they are deeply disturbed, not so much over the lives lost, but because they feel that their deeply-held belief has been threatened.
So now, they will speak and act in an attempt to RESTORE AND STRENGTHEN their belief (that life is fair and safe and therefore doesn't require much courage).
To go to war against anybody requires courage, so that's out. It also goes against the belief that life is fair and safe, so that's doubly unacceptable (to these people).
Instead you will hear how the victim must have brought it on themselves somehow, which is a fancy way of saying: 'I'm a coward and I can't bear the thought of having to go out and fight our enemies. Can't we all just get along? If we look hard enough, surely we will find that on some level we brought this on ourselves (9/11). Now let's get real and get to work on our most important problems, such as establishing free healthcare for everyone.' And then the next day, a nuke goes off and wipes out a major American city. Even then, these people will refuse to join the war effort or support it.
Re: Another view from Britain:john h on 9/17/03 at 13:15 (130345)
There is a Brit I could go to the pub with and even drink warm ale.
Wesley Clark and his supporters are really fired up in Little Rock today and will announce his canadacy for Prez later. Do not know where he can raise the money but he is actually announcing a month earlier than Clinton did when he first ran. Will the U.S. elect another Pres from Arkansas? I cannot believe we would elect the second coming if he was from Arkansas. Thank goodness he is not from Hope like Bill or he would be dubbed The General from Hope. Bill's old house in Hope is now some sort of memorial. the Library you will not believe when it is finished. I hope you all come and see it when it is complete. I can show you some Bill's old secret apartments and hangouts. the Rose Law Firm. State House Convention Center where he announced for Prez,etc.
Re: Another view from Britain:john h on 9/17/03 at 13:15 (130346)
Max: I like your post.
Re: Another view from Britain:marie on 9/17/03 at 14:09 (130352)
Very nicely said, Max. I did like reading a positive and supportive commentary.
Re: Another view from Britain:marie on 9/17/03 at 14:13 (130353)
I am still researching information on Wesley Clark. I didn't know he was a four star general, and now I do. I watched an interview last night and when asked why he had decided to run...his answer was that he was concerned for our country and he felt it was his duty to do so. Interestingly he has no political background.
Re: Another view from Britain:Suzanne D on 9/17/03 at 15:17 (130360)
You make a lot of sense, Max. Life very often ISN'T fair or safe. Victims are routinely blamed: 'She was asking for it...', 'They should have known better than to leave their car there...'. 'If she's going to stay with him, she deserves that treatment', etc.
And COURAGE is often in short commodity because it isn't valued by many in our society. I guess it isn't 'politically correct'.
Well, I usually don't get into any kind of political discussion, but your post about courage touched me.
Re: Another view from Britain:john h on 9/17/03 at 18:27 (130374)
Marie as Commander of NATO General Clark was very much in a political position. As are all NATO Commanders he was a 4 star General. We have another famous General from Little Rock named Douglas MacArthur. He had 5 stars and also ran for President. We have a small park here named MacArthur Park where he was born. I think a few of the building may be the original barracks. It is a museum and tea shop now. In 1960 I was on a flight to London and our crew stayed in a downtown London hotel. We arrived about 10pm and the hotel was full. As I turned to leave the Manager called to me and said that the Commander of NATO kept a suite at the hotel and had instructed him if a crew ever showed up and they had no rooms to make it available. So me and my crew had the coolest suite I have ever stayed in overlooking London. It had a large balcony, 5 or so rooms and furnished with European antiques. All for free. His wife is on the board of a Boys and Girls Club here in Little Rock and that is where he made his announcement from today. She is from New York. I suspect the Clarks will get the full support of the Clintons as he already has a number of former Clinton staffers on his staff. A friend of mine was the head of the Arkansas Democratic Party until a few months ago. I saw him today and he wondered as I wonder where will he get the money to run. This has got to be a real blow to Kerry as he was the only one sort of running on his war record. Now he has a guy who has more medals than him and was a 4 star General. That will let a little air out of his balloon.
Re: Another view from Britain:BGCPed on 9/17/03 at 23:15 (130405)
Hey John dont knock him. Saddam and Uday had their special places to go when they wanted commit assault on a woman. Will they have the Paula Jones, Jaunita Brodderick and a lady to be named later wing in that library?
Re: Another view from Britain:BGCPed on 9/17/03 at 23:21 (130407)
Well stated as always Max