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AngloVike
03-18-2003, 02:11 AM

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03-18-2003, 09:22 AM

WIVike
03-19-2003, 09:58 AM

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03-22-2003, 11:58 AM

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03-23-2003, 07:31 AM

VikemanX84
03-23-2003, 07:31 AM
This is a article written my a brittish reporter, it strongly emphizes some points, its a good thing for anyone to read:

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 up 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 Ira'q - 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.[Edited by VikemanX84 on 03/17/03 10:27 PM]

WIVike
03-23-2003, 01:09 PM