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Thread: A Message from England

  1. #1
    Guest
    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.
    *******************************************************************
    Tony Parsons, Daily Mirror

    On 9-11-01, 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.

  2. #2
    Guest
    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.
    *******************************************************************
    Tony Parsons, Daily Mirror

    On 9-11-01, 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.

  3. #3
    Guest
    Hey Kenny,
    Yes, saddam maybe evil but there is no proof that Iraq was involved in the 9/11, only accusation.

  4. #4
    Guest
    Do you have no trust in Colin Powell, Bush, Rumsfeld - our leaders to protect our nation? Wake up!

  5. #5
    Guest
    When I read your post, I feel like I was uprooted again to the time I was watching the television one morning in Sept. 11, 2001. I was shocked,very emotional and convinced that USA will never be the same again.We can't please everybody but the silent majority is with us. England, we love you too, we're always together through thick and thin and we will always be the beacon of democracy and truth.Proud to be an american...

  6. #6
    Guest
    Thank you America for your love of freedom ,democracy and for your leadership in democracy in the world ,Europe is not all about Fance and Germany. Romania is with you.... thank you America i love you

  7. #7
    Guest
    I'm from the Philippines and we are the staunchest ally of America. I'm proud to say that my forefathers fought the ww1 and WW2 with GI Joes and wherever the war is we are always fighting side by side with you. We won't be where we are now if you did not rescue us from oppressions of other countries.You helped us construct our own govt. and when we were mature enough to run it then you give us our freedom.MABUHAY AMERICA!!!!You are not alone.

  8. #8
    Guest
    Ilove you "Me".

  9. #9
    Guest
    kenny,
    bush, cheney, & rumsfeld want this war, they will say anything to start this war. but they have offered no "hard" proof as yet, for example, a real satelite picture.

  10. #10
    Guest
    Kenny, we love you, although pro-war.

    Me, I don't know what's up with brownfox but is it that she's in deportation proceedings?

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