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Old February 14th, 2005, 01:46 AM  
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I'm just one in the large majority of Americans that believe in our
President Bush and I have no problem telling anyone how I feel.


An unspeakable act against America, so cruel, so calculated and so
utterly merciless that surely the world could agree on one thing -
nobody deserved that fate. Surely there could be a consensus: The
American victims were truly innocent, the perpetrators truly evil.


But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly seen as
America's punishment. Incredibly, anti-Americanism has increased over
the last year and I have witnessed this by the negative posts on this
NG and others.


There has always been a simmering resentment against the USA; too
loud, too rich, too full of themselves, and so much happier than other
countries-- it has become a damn epidemic. And it seems incredible to
me. More than that, it turns my stomach and makes me want to
through-up.


A little over half a century ago, around half a million Americans
died for others 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 those?


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? Is their nation 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
sky scrapers. 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 mother.


Remember ... remember ... And realize that America has never
retaliated for 9/11 in anything like the way it could have and in my
opinion should have.


So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked up without a trial in Camp
X-ray? Pass the Kleenex ...


So an Afghan wedding reception was shot up after they merrily
fired their semi-automatics in a sky full of American war planes? A
shame, but maybe next time they should stick to confetti for Christ
sake.


AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking
lot. That it didn't is a sign of great strength. Some 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. I 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 an all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism." A
real war against our enemy's.


The fundamentalist Liberal dudes are talking about "opening the gates
of hell" if America attacks Iraq. Well, America had every right to
open the gates of hell like you wouldn't believe, but we restrained.


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 my 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, and optimistic. Not ground down by the
past, or religion, or some social group system. America is the best
friend to all its citizens 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, Oh Mighty One, you dumb ass prick!


Remember ... remember ... September 11. One of the greatest atrocities
in human history was committed against us.


No, do more than remember. Never forget!!
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