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.