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    r6guy is offline New Member
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    Here's one of the better patriotic articles I've read

    By Leonard Pitts Jr.
    Syndicated columnist / Seattle Times

    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

    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

    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
    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.

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    Slapshot1 is offline Junior Member
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    Sep 2001
    Calgary, Alberta
    Bump...I was just e-mailed that article I definitly think it's worth a bump.


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    r6guy is offline New Member
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    Sep 2001

    One more time, I think this is really inspirational.

    gwb - Don't sing it, bring it.

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