I thought everyone would enjoy this letter,
written by a young man.
letter from a young
Hit the buildings, Missed America . . . . Posted By: Charles Brennan, Windrose
18, So. Florida
An open letter toa terrorist: Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you
missed America. You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless
American bodies, to take out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman,
you STILL missed America. Why? Because of something you guys will never
understand. America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers,
not about military centers, America isn't about a place, America isn't even
about a bunch of bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea, that you can go
someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the
most part, like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees that
you'll reach it, but you can sure try!) Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine,
and chant your terrorist litany: "If you can not see my point, then feel my
pain." This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't
have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to
your speech. But you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange
idea that everyone has to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this
country, almost as a matter of pride. We're a collection of guys that don't
agree, called States. We united our individual states to protect ourselves from
tyranny in the world. Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make
it up as you go, when it's your country. If you're free enough. Yeah, we're fat,
sloppy, easy-going goofs most of the time. That's an unfortunate image to
project to the world, but it comes of feeling free and easy about the world you
live in. It's unfortunate too, because people start to forget that when
you attack Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered badger. The first we
knew of the War of 1812, was when England burned Washington D.C. to the ground.
Didn't turn out like England thought it was going to, and it's not going to turn
out like you think, either. Sorry, but you're not the first bully on our shores,
just the most recent. No Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans, either. We
were the FIRST and so far, only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in
anger. Horrific idea, nowadays? News for you bucko, it was back then too, but we
used it anyway. Only had two of them in the whole world and we used 'em both.
Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project. Told me once, that right up until
they threw the switch, the physicists were still arguing over whether the
Uranium alone would fission, or whether it would start a fissioning chain
reaction that would eat everything. But they threw the switch anyway, because we
had a War to win. Does that tell you something about American Resolve? So who
just declared War on us? It would be nice to point to some real estate, like the
good old days. Unfortunately, we're probably at war with random camps, in
far-flung places. Who think they're safe. Just like the Barbary Pirates did,
IIRC. Better start sleeping with one eye open. There's a spirit that tends to
take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for
liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas that
Castro emptied out of his prisons, were overjoyed to find out how much freedom
there was. First thing they did when they hit our shores, was run out and buy
guns. The ones that didn't end up dead, ended up in prisons. It was a big PITA
then (especially in south Florida), but you're only the newest PITA, not the
first. You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in
America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called. And killing a
few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most of the time,
it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit. Until we're crossed in a cowardly
manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit. Wait until you see
what we do with that Spirit, this time. Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming.
>----- Original Message -----
From: Helen Dynda
To: Multiple recipients of list
Sent: 9/13/2001 11:32:16 AM
Subject: A Tribute to the USA
The following - from a Canadian newspaper - is worth sharing.
TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
America: The Good Neighbor.
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a
editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian
commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant
printed in the Congressional Record:
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the
generous and possibly the least
appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a
extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the
Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions
debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest
remaining debts to the United States.
When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans
propped it up; and their reward was to be insulted and swindled
streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries
to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars
discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are
the decadent, war-mongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the
erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does
country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the
Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they
Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on
moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get
radios. You talk
about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk
technocracy, and you find men on the moon - not once, but
several times and
safely home again.
You talk about scandals; and the Americans put theirs right in
window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are
and hounded. They are here on our streets; and most
of them, unless they
are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa
home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down
age, it was the Americans who
rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York
broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of
people in trouble. Can you name me
even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in
trouble? I don't
think there was outside help even
during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone; and I'm one Canadian who is
of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this
their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb
their nose at
the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope
not one of those."
Stand proud, America!
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