Praise for the USA

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    Long but worth reading.

    Shame On You American-Hating Liberals
    by Tony Parsons
    London 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 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, 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 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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    I certainly won't forget. I remember every time I hear whining about the *prisoners of war who no longer have rights*. I remember every time some scumbag tries to lecture why we shouldn't be in Iraq. I remember every time some nitwit claims the USA is murderers. I remember every time one of these brown bastards claim racial profiling when they get stopped at airports. But most of all, I remember every time I travel into the city, and I won't forget.
     
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    And, Amen to that! How can we forget? I remember it like yesterday. Running back to the school picking up my Son, and praying that something else wouldn't be bombed. Or, the 3 hours losing contact with a brother working in Manhattan and wondering if he is playing super hero and lost in the rubble. Not knowing anyone there, but looking at these victims now as family. Next week will mark the 2nd year of this, and you really think that people are over this? I think not, I think they are still trying to piece it all and try to not have nightmares anymore from what they have seen. But, Bush is blame for all, and we shouldn't have gone to Iraq, after all, they all feel he had nothing to do with 9/11, but do we really know??? it doesn't make a difference in my eyes, I think he did. And I love America as well, I love my freedom. I back up BUSH 100% and then some!!! atleast one person who has true balls to do something. Election 04, I will be there to pull for Bush!!!!!!!!! Could go on and on with this, but you know your going to have Bush haters come in here and bash this issue. Or, you'll have some of the other idiots who feel we should just GET OVER THIS!!!!!
     
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    What's really nice about that letter is that it was from a Brit who is aghast at the anti-american sentiment... the libs refuse to look at the big picture, pass the bong.

    I especially liked the way he talked about creating a very large parking lot if America so desired. That's something everyone was wondering about on 9/11, I was sure that there was going to be nuclear answers to the questions posed on 9/11. More than a few times that day I looked up to see if I could see any ICBMs going ballistic - there's quite a few nukes here in AK.

    I remember the watching the first tower burning on CNN, and the horror I felt when I saw the second plane come screaming down into the second tower. Up to that point it the discussion was 'how can a modern airliner accidently crash into a skyscraper', and the realization struck me about the same time the rest of the country watching were struck by the same thought - this was deliberate. I've never been so enraged in my life. And then the towers fell, and the Pentagon was hit, and the crash in PA.

    For 2 weeks, I would drive into Anchorage listening to the radio, still enraged at the BASTARDS that could do such a thing. There's an overpass halfway to Anchorage, and there was a guy standing there holding a huge American flag draped down the side of the overpass that the highway goes under. He just stood there holding it. All of us commuters blared our horns & flashed our lights, giving him the thumbs up out the windows. Somehow seeing him up there all by himself, quietly holding that huge flag was beautiful to see & made my heart swell with pride.
     
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    You know NT that was what I got the most out of the letter, how we could have gone crazy and started wiping out some Arab land. They are lucky Bush handled it so well
     
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    Yep, they truly are.

    The terrible thing is, though, that had the shoe been on the other foot...

    They wouldn't have hesitated a second.
     
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    It sorta seems like we're wiping out an Arab land to me.

    But, anyway, I totally supported what we did in Afghanistan, you'd have to be a total idiot to think we shouldn't have done what we did. However, now it seems like this "war on terrorism" has quickly become a "war on saddam". At the same time, there's no way to go after all the terrorists, or probably even most of the terrorists in the world.
     
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    You might think we are wiping out all of Arab land, but there are alot more. And if you just look around the US, there are millions of Arabs here!
     
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    Yep, Bush better get to work if he's gonna wipe em all out before the next election.
     
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    I don't think wiping them ALL out is what will get him re-elected! doubt he has that in mind. I do! :) hahahaha!!!! and I am sure that Jim and maybe NT think that way too!
     

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