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You screwed-up ( my title)
seatle times | 09/14/2001 | Leonard Pitts

Posted on 09/14/2001 5:16:07 PM PDT by chesty_puller

They pay me to tease shades of meaning from social and cultural issues, to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard. What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause. Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve. Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together. Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, cultural, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae, a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse.

We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though - peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

Some people - you, perhaps - think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.

Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel.

Both in terms of the awful scope of its ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and, indeed, the history of the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future.

In days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.

You see, there is steel beneath this velvet. That aspect of our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this day, the family's bickering is put on hold. As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

Still, I keep wondering what it was you hoped to teach us. It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred.

If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange: You don't know my people. You don't know what we're about. You don't know what you just started.

But you're about to learn.


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous
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God bless my nation.....God bless my peers....May God damn you to Hell!!
1 posted on 09/14/2001 5:16:08 PM PDT by chesty_puller
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To: chesty_puller
This is one of the best columns I have ever read. But just like "Twist and Shout", if I hear it one more time I'm going to do a Billy Jack.
2 posted on 09/14/2001 5:19:20 PM PDT by groanup
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To: chesty_puller
A very moving, appropriate and sentimental post.......most excellent!

Btt

3 posted on 09/14/2001 5:21:46 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: chesty_puller

GOD BLESS THE USA GOD BLESS GEORGE W. BUSH AND GOD BLESS THE FREEREPUBLIC

4 posted on 09/14/2001 5:29:17 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: Grrrrr 75 Grendlegrey,Memother,Pocat,AntiVenom ,USConservative,Antifemanazi , JD792 ,Bigun
BTTT
5 posted on 09/14/2001 5:30:43 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: bender01 ,87FXRC ,Bikers4Bush ,Bekki4Bush,Cap'n Crunch ,CincinnatiKid ,DittoJed2 ,jd792 ,HumbleIrish
BTTT
6 posted on 09/14/2001 5:31:15 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Hey AP good work ;-)
7 posted on 09/14/2001 5:33:32 PM PDT by Pete53
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To: chesty_puller
Excellent!
8 posted on 09/14/2001 5:36:35 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: chesty_puller
God bless you, too, Chesty.

Leni

9 posted on 09/14/2001 5:36:48 PM PDT by MinuteGal (KeepYourPowderDry)
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To: Howlin
Our support has no limits!

<img src=http://www.foxnews.com/projects/photo_essay/wtc_essay5/photos/1_v.jpg width=175 height=225

10 posted on 09/14/2001 5:46:36 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
BTTT
11 posted on 09/14/2001 5:48:09 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
BTTT
12 posted on 09/14/2001 5:48:41 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Thanks. Good article.
13 posted on 09/14/2001 5:50:37 PM PDT by pocat
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To: chesty_puller
I normally don't bump my own post, but come on people!
14 posted on 09/14/2001 6:01:55 PM PDT by chesty_puller
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
To quote General Maximus: "On my signal Release Hell!"
15 posted on 09/14/2001 6:02:30 PM PDT by RadicalRik
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I love that picture.

Bump!

16 posted on 09/14/2001 6:13:34 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: chesty_puller

17 posted on 09/14/2001 6:15:51 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I saw it on Fox News and had to have it. Sure enough, they had it on their web site so I could share it with the Freepers........

bttt

18 posted on 09/14/2001 6:16:37 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
That "TOON" is a scream!

bttt

19 posted on 09/14/2001 6:18:20 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Here's on for Bin Ladin!

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20 posted on 09/14/2001 6:22:30 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: chesty_puller
Bump...Bump...Bump!

g

21 posted on 09/14/2001 6:24:05 PM PDT by Geezerette
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Did you see THIS thread?
22 posted on 09/14/2001 6:25:18 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: chesty_puller
That's one powerful editorial! Thanks, chesty!

BUMPING WITH PRIDE!

23 posted on 09/14/2001 6:30:20 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: Howlin
The threads are buisy tonite! It took 5 minutes to load half of it with all the giga-pixels floating around it's borders.......
24 posted on 09/14/2001 6:41:03 PM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: MinuteGal
God bless you, too, Chesty

Thank you.............very much

25 posted on 09/14/2001 7:10:16 PM PDT by chesty_puller
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To: chesty_puller
Ditto on what MinuteGal said, stranger.
26 posted on 09/14/2001 7:12:41 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
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To: Syncro Dr. Zoo
You two might like this
27 posted on 09/14/2001 7:13:56 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
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To: chesty_puller
I've got something that has burned in my mind since Tuesday, and I've just got to get it out, so here it goes:

In the movie "Red Dawn" (if you haven't seen it, rent it NOW) there is a scene where the "boys" Patrick Swayzee, Emelio Estaves, and C Robert Howell come back to the small town now occupied by Russian & Cuban invasion forces. They sneek back because they have become rebel patriots that have set up a base in the mountains, mountains that they know much better than the invaders. They come back to find their father that has been arrested, and placed in a "re-education" camp made out of a Drive-In Theater. They talked with their daddy through a chain linked fence. I can't remember what they talked about. Their father told them to go because he knew that they were in danger being there. As they walked away, crying, and after they had gotten a fair distance from the fence and their father, the father yelled at them. He said, Boys!.....AVENGE ME.....AVENGE ME!!!

I can't help thinking and hearing the voices from all of our slain brothers and sisters screaming the same thing from beyond!

I had this dream two nights running!

AVENGE THEM..............AVENGE THEM!!!!!

28 posted on 09/14/2001 7:26:05 PM PDT by timydnuc
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To: chesty_puller

THANK YOU!

DEEP INSIDE, BELOW THE DEEPEST SADNESS AND PROFOUND GRIEF...I AM ANGRY AND THIS ARTICLE HELP ME PUT MY FINGER ON WORDS I STRUGGLE TO BLURT OUT.
29 posted on 09/14/2001 7:45:31 PM PDT by antivenom
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To: chesty_puller
Thanks chesty...these simple few words at the end say it all:

You don't know what you just started</font size=4>...but you will soon find out.</font size=1>

30 posted on 09/14/2001 9:49:42 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: LurkerNoMore!
Yes we did, thanks.

Late nite Bump for an excellent read.

31 posted on 09/14/2001 10:19:15 PM PDT by Dr. Zoo
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To: Dr. Zoo
And another bump!
32 posted on 09/14/2001 11:17:29 PM PDT by timydnuc
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To: Dr. Zoo
I think I saw your lab coat at the Amtrac Station. I am looking into it.
33 posted on 09/15/2001 8:00:08 AM PDT by Pete53
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To: Pete53
Hay Pete!

Didja ever find it?

See you next year...
34 posted on 12/30/2003 2:09:50 PM PST by Syncro
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