01-09-2003, 12:53 AM #1
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- Sep 2002
Thought this was a nice sum up of all the hatred twords the US...
I recieved this e-mail the other day and thought i would share with everybody I am glad to hear some people are with us on the War against our great nation.. this to me makes me feel good to be part of our wonderful nation...
From the London Daily Mirror
No matter what your views on President Bush's statement of upcoming war,
this, from an English journalist, is very interesting. God bless America
Just a word of background, for those of you who aren't familiar with
the UK's Daily Mirror. This is a notoriously left-wing daily that is
normally not supportive of the Colonials across the Atlantic.
SHAME ON YOU AMERICAN-HATING LIBERALS
Tony Parsons Daily Mirror September 11, 2002
ONE year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of broadcasting -- the
mass murder of thousands, live on television. As a lesson in the
pitiless cruelty of the human race, September 11 was up there with Pol
Pot's mountain of skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies
stacked like garbage in the Nazi concentration camps.
An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so
utterly merciless that surely the world could agree on
one thing - nobody deserves this fate. Surely there
could be consensus: the victims were truly innocent,
the perpetrators truly evil.
But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly
seen as America's comeuppance. Incredibly,
anti-Americanism has increased over the last year.
There has always been a simmering resentment to the
USA in this country - too loud, too rich, too full of themselves and so
much happier than Europeans - but it has become an epidemic. And it
seems incredible to me. More than that, it turns my stomach.
America is this country's greatest friend and our
staunchest ally. We are bonded to the US by culture,
language and blood. A little over half a century ago,
around half a million Americans died for our 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
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 and wives, and children,
And these people brought it on themselves? And their
nation is to blame for their meticulously planned
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 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 skyscrapers.
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 mum.
Remember, remember - and realize that America has
never retaliated for 9/11 in anything like the way it could have.
So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked without a trial
in Camp X-ray? Pass the Kleenex...
So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up after
they merrily fired their semi-automatics in a sky full
of American planes? A shame, but maybe next time they
should stick to confetti.
AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world
into a parking lot. That it didn't is a sign of
strength. 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. America watched all of that -
and 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 all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism." A real war.
The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell," if
America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened
the gates of hell like you wouldn't believe.
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
I love 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, optimistic.
Not ground down by the past, or religion, or some
caste system. America is the best friend this country
ever had 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 the orange center, oh mighty one!
Remember, remember, September 11.
One of the greatest atrocities in human history was
committed against America.
No, do more than remember. Never forget.There's an old saying around the firehouse."You
don't have to watch your back, because you know someone else is watching it for you"
01-09-2003, 06:27 PM #2
TONY BLAIR: "Yes, whatever the technical or legal issues about the declaration of war, the fact is that we are at war with terrorism. What happened on Tuesday was an attack not just upon the United States but upon the civilised world. The thousands of people that lost their lives, included nationals of many, many countries – probably two, three hundred people from Britain will have died in that terrorist attack – makes it in fact the worst terrorist attack on British citizens that there has been since the Second World War. So this is a situation that concerns us all. Our own interests are intimately engaged, quite apart from the fact that in these times it’s important that America realises that her friends right round the world stand with her."ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
LT. John Ginley Engine 40
FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
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FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40
"If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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