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Although I still do not agree with the war, I thought I'd post this, merely to make people think. Please do not flame me, as I did not write it. Like I said, it's just here to make one think.

An Article from England

No matter what your views on President Bush's statement of upcoming
war, this, from an English journalist, is very interesting. 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. Tony Parsons, London 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 there 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 betray them?

What touched the heart about those that 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, wives, and children,
some unborn. And these people brought it on themselves? Their nation is to
blame for their meticulously planned slaughter?

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 11th.

Remember, remember - Remember the gut-wrenching tapes of weeping
men phoning their wives to say, "I love you," before they were burned

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 up 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 - which'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 minor shoplifting.

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

Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be -
rich, free, strong, open, and 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 range 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.

Do consider passing this on.