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September 2009
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thoughts and feels and thoughts and feels [userpic]
IN WHICH: Lucy spits venom. ::sigh::



"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. [Uh... them and what army?]

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. [And I cannot fathom people who call others uncivilized before they understand them.]

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. [Nor would I want them to. And if you understand that hatred, I pray God to have mercy upon your soul.]

On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations [such as... our own] are dedicated to the dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists and media personnel want us to forget the carnage. [And you want to remember it? That's kinda sick.] 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. [clearly something you are incapable of, since you are so eager to cut it down?...] Major television stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. [See under 'carnage'. Would you want videotape of your families' bodies being melted replayed over and over on national television? Well, I wouldn't want to watch it.]


I will not be manipulated. [No more will I.]

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. [Er, what exactly did they do? And was that a whole lot better than the capitalistic response: "Help the war effort: BUY LOTS OF SHIT"?]

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." [That's snide? No wonder we're having communication issues here.]

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." [Who you seem to think should have stopped this happening in the first place, or something...]

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." [Yeah, reporters are like that. It's how they keep their jobs. It was not a judgement, a concept which seems to elude you. Deal.]

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. [::blinks:: So you're saying most Americans *do* see it that way?... Missing the point here.]

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. [Nitpick: This has been a standard question since long before 9/11.]

I will not be influenced by so called,"antiwar demonstrators" who exploit the right of expression to chant anti-American obscenities. [Good.]

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. [Which has what to do with this situation? I'm sorry, but I think some of them may have had a point. I'd bet you that at least as many kids went to Vietnam because they were afraid to stand for their beliefs and be looked at as pussies as dodged the draft because they didn't want to fight.]

I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose reassurance over reality. [Washington: 'War? What war? There's no war.' Ergo... what reality is it that calls for anything other than pacifism?]

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!" [There is a difference between a physical defeat and a spiritual defeat. Despite the obvious human loss, the toll of 9/11 was, percentage-wise, very low. There are many, many better ways to kill a bunch of Americans, if that was really what they wanted to do. They were after the spirit. I feel like you're doing just as much to denigrate mine as they did.]

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. [See under: Sick.]

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.


Living without liberty is not living, and living with hatred is not liberty.