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The Mirror (UK) ^ | 25 Oct 02 | Tony Parsons

Posted on 10/25/2002 1:50:19 PM PDT by white trash redneck

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.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; americanhating; antiamericanism; parsons; pentagon; wtc
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To: groanup
21 posted on 10/25/2002 5:53:04 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: g'nad
Great to see this from the UK. Talk about two nations that have an intertwined history.

You are spot on about not mistaking our "restraint" as a sign of weakness.

I know this will sound a bit juvenile, but I believe we have passed the point of no return some time back – about 10 years ago. The word on the world “streets” needs to be, “Don’t screw with those guys – they’ll kick your ass in a minute.”

We have seen how the concept of, “Let’s just all get along” works with the world’s thugs. It doesn’t. The UN is worthless – nothing more than American liberalism on a global scale. Gimme – gimme – gimme- gimme. For some reason, most of the world thinks that the USA owes them something. Just like our home grown disease – liberalism – fosters the belief, “the Guberment owes me.”

To our liberals, and the UN, I say, “Piss off – take a hike – take a long walk off a short plank – F*** YOU!”

The US needs to make an example out of someone – a country. Pile drive ‘em, break ‘em, introduce them to the fact that they are, now, nothing more than a footnote in the history books. That footnote being, “they chose poorly.”

We owe the world nothing – yet we are the world’s most willing neighbor. We are hated and despised. Why?

Time to drop the hammer.

Just my HO.


22 posted on 10/25/2002 5:54:08 PM PDT by LasVegasMac
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To: A2J
As right as this guy is, the fact that this is almost a revolationary viewpoint shows the depth at which or world-view resides. The fact that we, as a country , have strayed so far from a "strict constructionist" viewpoint (that which made us great) is depressing. As much as we Freepers (and God knows I love all of you...) protest, we are an ever diminishing minority. The truth is no longer respected, and our culture is circling the drain.
23 posted on 10/25/2002 6:46:56 PM PDT by gorush
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To: white trash redneck
Test bump (my "post" button isn't working)
24 posted on 10/25/2002 7:03:19 PM PDT by pocat
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To: pocat
25 posted on 10/26/2002 12:16:52 AM PDT by XBob
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To: LonePalm
a while back a canadian did the same thing.

Kudos to this british writer.
26 posted on 10/26/2002 4:46:04 AM PDT by longtermmemmory
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To: white trash redneck
I still find it incredible that 9/11 did not provoke all-out war

Indeed. Teddy Roosevelt is turning in his grave.


27 posted on 10/26/2002 4:58:26 AM PDT by tm22721
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To: white trash redneck
Bump to save
28 posted on 10/26/2002 4:58:40 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: rogue yam
FYI: This great piece was first published 09/11/02. It has been posted on FR at least seven times since...

I am glad for this post, as I did not see it the previous seven times.

29 posted on 10/26/2002 5:14:23 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: Aeronaut
Big-A## Bump
30 posted on 10/26/2002 7:36:43 AM PDT by groanup
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31 posted on 10/26/2002 7:39:19 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9
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To: LasVegasMac
Time to drop the hammer.

No argument there...

32 posted on 10/26/2002 10:13:35 AM PDT by g'nad
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To: white trash redneck
This is such a good post, I thought it deserved a New Year's bump!
33 posted on 01/02/2003 2:38:43 PM PST by neutrino
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To: alethia
Unfortunately, I think it will take another 9/11, or worse, for the "moderates" in this country to get serious about defending America. The left will never get there, because they hate America and want to see it destroyed.
34 posted on 01/02/2003 2:47:18 PM PST by Republic of Texas
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To: Walkingfeather; Registered
35 posted on 01/02/2003 2:53:08 PM PST by sonserae
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To: white trash redneck
forwarded to the dishonorable Sen. Murray
36 posted on 01/02/2003 2:53:53 PM PST by motherof 3
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To: white trash redneck


37 posted on 09/12/2006 9:09:10 AM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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