British Daily News

Take three minutes and read this-UK Daily Mirror article.
This is something you really wouldn't want to miss
reading. Believe me.

No matter what your views on President Bush's
statements about an upcoming war, this piece, from an English journalist,
is very interesting.

Just a word of background for those of you who
aren't familiar with the United Kingdom's "Daily Mirror" newspaper. This
notoriously left-wing journal normally is not supportive of the Colonials
across the Atlantic.

by Tony Parsons for the "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 to the
USA in this country [England]; too loud, too rich, too full of themselves,
and so much happier than Europeans--but it has become an epidemic. And
that 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
but from dozens of countries--were butchered by a small group of religious
fanatics. Are we so quick to betray these victims? 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-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
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
America 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.
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.

Remember... remember... September 11th. One of the
greatest atrocities in human history was committed against America. No, do
more than remember:
Never forget.


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First your hearing shit and now your seeing shit? I dont know mandarr I think we need to give you a wack to your brain with that power hammer...
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