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Re: An open letter to terrorists #138386
09/13/01 01:06 PM
09/13/01 01:06 PM
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Eugene, OR, USA
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I'm proud to say that I have flown an American flag on our house ever since the Gulf war. My oldest son was in the Army at that time, then my younger son was in the Army. They have been out for several years, but the flag has stayed... and always will.


"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Re: An open letter to terrorists #138387
09/13/01 01:08 PM
09/13/01 01:08 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 322
Portland, OR
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well said zeke.

Re: An open letter to terrorists #138388
09/13/01 01:34 PM
09/13/01 01:34 PM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 677
Sacramento, CA
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Lots of cars driving around on Northern Calif. freeways right now with flags on them.

Re: An open letter to terrorists #138389
09/13/01 01:40 PM
09/13/01 01:40 PM
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CAPTAIN bigzeke Offline OP
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Published Wednesday, September 12, 2001

The Miami Herald

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We'll go forward from this moment.

It's my job to have something to say.

They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the

American soul. 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, social, 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 their 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 probably, 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


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 the 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, the steel in us is not always readily

apparent. 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 cherish.

So I ask again: What was it 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 exchange: You

don't know my people. You

don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started.

But you're about to learn. >>

There is only one cure for baldness. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine.
Re: An open letter to terrorists #138390
09/13/01 02:02 PM
09/13/01 02:02 PM
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Posts: 677
Sacramento, CA
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Zeke - you beat me to it. I was about to post that article. Great article.

Re: An open letter to terrorists #138391
09/13/01 02:38 PM
09/13/01 02:38 PM


Re: An open letter to terrorists #138392
09/13/01 02:47 PM
09/13/01 02:47 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 683
Chicago, Illinois USA
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I say that A-Hole in Afghanistan need a really bad case of pica pica to start, then we feed his itchy ass a bad piece of barracuda and then roll his ass in some rum and lie him on a beach somewhere full of ants, and then we get mean!!!!!!!!

Re: An open letter to terrorists #138393
09/13/01 02:56 PM
09/13/01 02:56 PM
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Right on, Zeke. My sentiments exactly, from a saddened friend... a Canadian friend... me. God Bless all those who are suffering a loss and who are in need of comforting at this terrible time.


Re: An open letter to terrorists #138394
09/13/01 03:00 PM
09/13/01 03:00 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 188
Albuquerque, NM
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Re: An open letter to terrorists #138395
09/13/01 03:02 PM
09/13/01 03:02 PM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 677
Sacramento, CA
lmarquis Offline
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ROFLMAO at Becky! Also, get Kilimanjarowanker in on the action. He definitely would not like the guy.

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