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From a Marine

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by blazen91, Oct 23, 2002.

  1. blazen91

    blazen91 1/2 ton status

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    If this has already been posted, sorry for reposting.


    >"DO NOT FORGET"
    >I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," asked myself,
    "Why
    >didn't the Jews fight back?"
    >Now I know why.
    >I sat in a movie theater, watching "Pearl Harbor" and asked myself,
    "Why
    >weren't we prepared?"
    >Now I know why.
    >Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil
    >people.
    >On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed
    themselves
    >to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed terrorists because they
    did
    >not comprehend the depth of hatred that motivated their captors.
    >On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because
    too
    >many
    >Americans naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated
    to the
    >dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists and media
    personnel
    >want us to forget the carnage. They say we must focus on the bravery
    of
    >the
    >rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the killers. They implore us to
    >understand the motivation of the perpetrators. Major television
    stations
    >have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying
    >devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.
    >I will not be manipulated.
    >I will not pretend to understand.
    >I will not forget.
    >I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to
    kick
    >our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.
    >I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush's
    >address to the nation with the snide remark, "No matter how you feel
    about
    >him, he is still our president."
    >I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned
    President
    >Bush's motives for not returning immediately to Washington, DC and
    >commented, "We're all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington."
    >And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if reporters
    weren't
    >informed of every little detail of this war, they aren't "likely --
    nor
    >should they be expected -- to show deference."
    >I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an
    attack
    >on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United States of
    America.
    >I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic
    terrorists
    >and
    >their supporters with the world's most sophisticated
    telecommunications
    >equipment and encryption technology, thereby compromising America's
    >ability
    >to trace terrorist radio, cell phone, land lines, faxes and modem
    >communications.
    >I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like
    those
    >perfected by the previous administration.
    >I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations like
    the
    >silly "Have your bags been under your control?" question at the
    airport.
    >I will not be influenced by so called,"antiwar demonstrators" who
    exploit
    >the right of _expression to chant anti-American obscenities.
    >I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by
    American
    >war protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning soldiers,
    airmen,
    >sailors and Marines.
    >I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose
    >reassurance over reality.
    >I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told
    Labor
    >Party conference, "They have no moral inhibition on the slaughter of
    the
    >innocent. If they could have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does
    anyone
    >doubt they would have done so and rejoiced in it?
    >There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds,
    no
    >point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: defeat it or
    be
    >defeated by it. And defeat it we must!"
    >I will force myself to:
    >
    >-hear the weeping
    >-feel the helplessness
    >-imagine the terror
    >-sense the panic
    >-smell the burning flesh
    >-experience the loss
    >-remember the hatred.
    >I sat in a movie theater, watching "Private Ryan" and asked myself,
    "Where
    >did they find the courage?"
    >Now I know.
    >We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.
    >-- Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
    >Not as lean, Not as mean, But still a Marine.
    >Keep this going until every living American has read it and memorized
    it so
    >we don't make the same mistake again.
     
  2. SkulzNBonz

    SkulzNBonz 1/2 ton status

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    Good read.

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  3. ntaj*ep

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    HELL YES!!!!!
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    Well said, brother...

    ...thanks!

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