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Let's Not Forget! (Mine)
greatestjeneration.com ^ | September 13, 2002 | Tony Parsons

Posted on 12/24/2002 8:45:38 AM PST by B4Ranch

Just a word of background for those of you who are not familiar with the Daily Mirror newspaper which is published in England. It is a notorious left-wing daily and is usually very anti-American. It's hard to believe that they published this positive editorial about the USA. The author is Tony Parsons

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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 of 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 - notrust 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 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 realize that America has never retaliated for 9/11in 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 semiautomatics 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 chocolates. 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 911
Christmas is here and we are thinking about how good life is with our families. I saved this article because it says what I have been wanting to say to everyone much better than I ever could.

Never forget!

1 posted on 12/24/2002 8:45:38 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot. That it didn't is a sign of strength.

THis is perhaps the most powerful statement in entire article and makes me so proud to be an American! When I think what we stand to lose if we keep pandering to despots I literally get sick in my stomach.

2 posted on 12/24/2002 8:48:09 AM PST by alisasny
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To: glock rocks; .30Carbine; Pete-R-Bilt; Euro-American Scum; Excuse_My_Bellicosity; Squantos; ...
Please, bump anyone you think would appreciate this article.
3 posted on 12/24/2002 8:49:05 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch; madfly; sauropod; Grampa Dave
Of course!
4 posted on 12/24/2002 9:01:51 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: B4Ranch
Merry Christmas and this article has been bookmarked!

We will never forget!
5 posted on 12/24/2002 10:45:54 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: B4Ranch
This is the sort of reminder that all of us in America need, now and then, that there are non-Americans who don't hate us. Their voices are frequently drowned out by the vicious, envy-driven anti-American chorus in the world media, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Let's hope they're more numerous than our foes, and that they may increase further.

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit The Palace Of Reason:
http://www.palaceofreason.com

6 posted on 12/24/2002 10:55:28 AM PST by fporretto
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To: B4Ranch; wardaddy; harpseal; SLB; Fred Mertz; big ern; Tijeras_Slim; Travis McGee; pocat; ...
Must Read......Merry New Year to all !.........Stay Safe !
7 posted on 12/24/2002 10:55:47 AM PST by Squantos
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To: Squantos
Thanks for the ping, Squantos. Merry Christmas to you!
8 posted on 12/24/2002 12:22:26 PM PST by MonroeDNA
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To: B4Ranch
Bump to the TOP !!
9 posted on 12/24/2002 12:58:12 PM PST by lorrainer
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To: B4Ranch; Squantos; joanie-f; Dukie; JohnHuang2; Travis McGee; Critter; Lurker; harpseal; ...
Thanks for this article Dave, and Caylen for bumping me to it. I had missed it and it is very well written and said.

Even though we are celebrating the Prince of Peace and His wonderous, eternal and completely charitable gift to all mankind ... we cannot afford to forget, at least not until that day that He returns and ushers in Peace to all the earth ... that there is great evil in the world that would destroy everything that is lovely, of good report, praiseworthy, truly honorable and that nourishes the liberty of the spirit.

THE ATTACK ON AMERICA

Always Remember, Never Forget!

... and while I am at it, let me take this opportunity to wish each of you and yours the very best of this holiday season. May we all contemplate the pure act of charity that we celebrate this time of the year ... and that it is an act we can never repay except by learning of it, accepting it, by immulating it and then by passing it on to those around us ... in love ... in honor ... and in liberty!

God bless you each.

10 posted on 12/24/2002 1:10:31 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: B4Ranch
Thank you for the ping sir, and from your ranch to yours,

Moooie Christmas!

11 posted on 12/24/2002 1:35:32 PM PST by FreedomFarmer
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for the ping; here's a "bump" back at you.
12 posted on 12/24/2002 1:42:24 PM PST by FairWitness
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To: Jeff Head
Funny, I've been watching the 9-11 tribute film the last couple of days. I had been attempting to explain to a German why we are so willing to "cause chaos in the world". No matter how much time goes by, I still remember those days as if it was yesterday.

Not much chance of our forgetting Jeff.

13 posted on 12/24/2002 2:27:55 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: B4Ranch
This is a amazing editorial to have been printed in the Daily Mirror. I'm curious about what the letters to the editor will have to say about it. I'm shocked to see anything this honest and pro-American printed there,you can imagine how shocked some of their subscribers must be. It looks like even the left may be getting tired of the Muslim fundie nutcases.
14 posted on 12/24/2002 2:30:53 PM PST by sneakypete
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To: B4Ranch
Thanks for posting this!! I hope you and yours have a perfectly wonderful Christmas. I've enjoyed your "company" so much.
15 posted on 12/24/2002 2:39:17 PM PST by AuntB
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To: McGavin999
Merry Christmas, McGavin!!! I hope you get everything you want this year!!
16 posted on 12/24/2002 2:41:36 PM PST by AuntB
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To: Jeff Head
let me take this opportunity to wish each of you and yours the very best of this holiday season

Many thanks, and the same for you and yours. Merry Christmas!

17 posted on 12/24/2002 2:47:01 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: sneakypete
It looks like even the left may be getting tired of the Muslim fundie nutcases.

They fear them, understanding that the Islamic Fundamentalists, if anything, hate the left even more than others in the West. That fear and knowledge is beginning to sink in and some of them are realizing who it is that they can best count on to pull the ringer out of the fire if it goes real baIMHO, t.

18 posted on 12/24/2002 2:57:53 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: sneakypete
... pardon that first mixed up post at the end. Pulled the trigger on it too fast.

It looks like even the left may be getting tired of the Muslim fundie nutcases.

IMHO, they fear them, understanding that the Islamic Fundamentalists, if anything, hate the left even more than others in the West. That fear and knowledge is beginning to sink in and some of them are realizing who it is that they can best count on to pull the ringer out of the fire if it goes real bad.

19 posted on 12/24/2002 2:58:50 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Ligeia
Thank you ... and the same again to you and yours.
20 posted on 12/24/2002 2:59:22 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: FairWitness
Thank you. Merry Christmas.
21 posted on 12/24/2002 3:00:35 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: McGavin999
No matter how much time goes by, I still remember those days as if it was yesterday. Not much chance of our forgetting Jeff

I understand, and feel exactly the same way. I pray we as a people collectively will also.

Merry Christams to you and yours, and may the true meaning of the season be reflected in all of our lives.

22 posted on 12/24/2002 3:02:17 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
May God Bless our beloved country
Merry Christmas to all

23 posted on 12/24/2002 3:03:39 PM PST by Libertina
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To: Libertina
Indeed, I am confidant that He will do so, so as long as there is still a faithful remenant who seek Him and His Son and their Peace ... so long as there as those citizens in this nation strive to lead moral, upright, honorable and exemplary lives, seeking to do so in the image of Him whose birth we celebrate.

There are ... and They will!.

Merry Christmas.

24 posted on 12/24/2002 3:13:03 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: B4Ranch
          
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

25 posted on 12/24/2002 3:13:45 PM PST by advocate10
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To: Libertina
Indeed, I am confidant that He will do so, so as long as there is still a faithful remenant who seek Him and His Son and their Peace ... so long as those citizens in this nation strive to lead moral, upright, honorable and exemplary lives, seeking to do so in the image of Him whose birth we celebrate.

There are ... and They will!.

Merry Christmas.

26 posted on 12/24/2002 3:14:04 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for the Ping, Jeff

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Be sure and
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Away in a manger Hark! The angel God rest Ye merry gentlemen

Joy to the world

Click Here for Christmas Graphics J

27 posted on 12/24/2002 3:17:23 PM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Jeff Head
so long as there as those citizens in this nation strive to lead moral, upright, honorable and exemplary lives, seeking to do so in the image of Him whose birth we celebrate
Well, there is YOU! :) I hope your entire family is doing better now, Jeff. I know you and yours have had to come together lately because of health issues. May you be healed and blessed by God's wondrous hand. I know you have faith, and your public expression of it has lifted many here, including myself. Thank you sir! :) A joyous Christmas celebration to your family.
28 posted on 12/24/2002 3:20:17 PM PST by Libertina
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To: B4Ranch
And Merry Christmas to you also, B4Ranch.
29 posted on 12/24/2002 3:21:05 PM PST by Libertina
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To: B4Ranch
A NEVER FORGET BUMP!!!!

Says it all.

30 posted on 12/24/2002 3:23:57 PM PST by ImpBill
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To: Fiddlstix
Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men.

Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen

Woderful picks for a Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas.

31 posted on 12/24/2002 3:35:48 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: B4Ranch
Just to hear it said in a place where we are hated warms the heart and reminds me of how proud I am (since the Clinton's are not in the WH) to be an American. God Bless us All. Merry Christmas!
32 posted on 12/24/2002 3:40:57 PM PST by wingnuts'nbolts
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To: Jeff Head; All

33 posted on 12/24/2002 4:20:58 PM PST by Dubya
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To: Jeff Head; Grampa Dave; wingnuts'nbolts; fporretto; Squantos; lorrainer; FreedomFarmer; ...
This article probably cost Tony Parsons a Christmas bonus or some other financial treat but it sure made me feel the pain of 911 all the way down to my bones once again. Then realizing that he repected us for not obliterating innocent Muslims in a fit of rage made me proud to be the son of parents who taught me what personal responsibility was. This is a quality lacking in many people today but it is good to know that it exists in the White House.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.

34 posted on 12/24/2002 5:21:25 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
And to you too B4Ranch.......have a Merry Christmas and I hope the New Year is kind to you and yours.

Stay Safe !!

35 posted on 12/24/2002 5:28:22 PM PST by Squantos
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks. Jeff, Merry Christmas. For you and yours, here and in spirit.
36 posted on 12/24/2002 5:32:12 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: B4Ranch
Merry Christmas B4Ranch! Thanks for the post. I'm at my girlfriend's waiting for dinner and decdied to check out what's happening.
37 posted on 12/24/2002 5:35:03 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Jeff Head
Thank you for the ping Jeff

Best wishes for every happiness to you & yours. Merry Christmas
38 posted on 12/24/2002 6:26:56 PM PST by firewalk
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To: Dubya
Merry Christmas Dubya
39 posted on 12/24/2002 6:28:04 PM PST by firewalk
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To: BeforeISleep
Thank you. Merry Christmas to you.
40 posted on 12/24/2002 6:46:32 PM PST by Dubya
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To: BeforeISleep; All
Be sure to click on ALL of the reindeer :))
41 posted on 12/24/2002 9:09:53 PM PST by Dubya
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To: Jeff Head
Be sure to click on ALL of the reindeer :))
42 posted on 12/24/2002 9:11:08 PM PST by Dubya
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To: Dubya
Dubya, this was so cute!

Thank you & Merry Christmas my friend (-:
43 posted on 12/25/2002 3:50:25 AM PST by firewalk
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To: Jeff Head
Merry Christmas, and thanks for the ping. This is my kind of ping. America, the beautiful, America the courageous, America the honorable, America the brave, America my home, America, God shed his grace on thee from sea to shining sea.
44 posted on 12/25/2002 5:28:18 AM PST by wita
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To: Jeff Head
Peace be with You and Your's Jeff.

I won't forget about any of our enemies , or His............

45 posted on 12/25/2002 7:10:47 PM PST by Eustace
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To: Jeff Head
I Will Not Forget
These Colors Do Not Run

46 posted on 12/26/2002 7:17:06 PM PST by harpo11
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