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I meant to have this up in time for 9-11, but I got too busy with other things. “Just three days removed from these events, Americans do not yet have the distance of history. But our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil. War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. The conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing.” George W. Bush President of the United States of America The National Cathedral Washington, D.C. September 14, 2001 ******************************************************** The following is a transcripts of remarks made at a 911 memorial service by the Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem This memorial service is for you, and I hope that at this time you will take the hand of the ones who are sitting on either side of you. You may know them, you may not, but if we're going to stand in unity, we must unify by at least the joining of our hands and hearts. And I want you to turn to your neighbor, and I want you tell them, 'Together we'll get through this, together we'll get through this.' Now let me tell you want I mean: in the harbor of New York, there stands a lady. She is the Statue of Liberty. And I thank God today that while I regret and mourn the loss of life and the destruction of the World Trade Towers, those cowards did not come near Lady Liberty. On her tablet are penned the words that have come to symbolize our nation: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores. Send these the homeless tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.' And I want to pause now and thank the Mayor of the City of New York for working so hard to keep that door golden and shining and bright for all of the United States of America. But listen, let me tell you this, we have said together we will get through it because we have come through it before. Madmen have assassinated four of our presidents -- we came through it. Madmen have assembled missiles against our country, we called it the Cuban Crisis -- we came through it. Someone erected a wall in Eastern Europe trying to divide east from west, but the wall came down. We came through it. And even though now we're facing cowards who hide behind the terror of secrecy, I want you to know that as a nation, even though the president said this will be a hard fight, there was a great poet who said, 'Harder yet may be the fight and right may often yield to might. Wickedness a while may reign and Satan's cause may seem to gain. Oh, but there is a God who rules above and He's got a hand of power and a heart of love. And if I'm right that God will fight my battles.' We'll get through it. I take my hat off to the firefighters and the police officers, and the emergency workers, and all of those brave women and men. And listen, I want you to know, America, and I know that our governor and our mayor and our president will see to it, we will build a monument. Their names will be etched in granite. There will be an eternal flame burning. But I'll tell you what's more important than that, and that is that we show them as they look down upon us that we are not afraid today. Get back on the airplanes. Go back to work. Rebuild America. We are not afraid today. We are not afraid. One last thing: I have said that together we'll get through it. We will get through it because we are the United States of America. And I will say this: we have died on every battlefield. We died in Normandy. We died on every battlefield. We died in the deserts of Arabia. We've died on every battlefield. We've marched through Tripoli. We've died on every battlefield that the world has ever known and our beloved sisters and brothers lost their lives on the battlefield of the World Trade Center. But listen, they are patriots of America. And before we leave here today we must sing, 'Oh beautiful for patriots' dreams that sees beyond the years. Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears. Oh, America, America, God mend thine every flaw, and confirm they soul in self control, thy liberty in law.' Together we will get through it because we are the United States of America. God bless America. --------------------------------------------------------------- The following was posted on SI's thread, "High Tolerance Plasticity," by Kodiak Bull. OT: Daily Mirror on 9/11 anniversary (I hadn't seen this, but my favorite aunt sent it to me): Just a word of background ... For those of you who aren't familiar with the UK's Daily Mirror, this is a notorious left-wing, anti-American daily in the UK. Hard to believe that the Daily Mirror actually published it, but it did. Daily Mirror September 11, 2002.' SHAME ON YOU AMERICAN HATING LIBERALS -Tony Parsons 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 betray them? What touched the heart about those who died in the twin towers and on the planes was that we recognised them. Young fathers and mothers, somebody's son and somebody's daughter, husbands and wives. And children, some unborn. And these people brought it on themselves? And 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 11. Remember, remember. 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 realise 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 into 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 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 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 centre, 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.
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#19   DISCLAIMER : PennyStockPickz 06/27/14 08:37:14 PM
#17   The Rage, the Pride and the Doubt augieboo 03/13/03 11:19:47 PM
#16   The Public Cannot Imagine How Brutal These Guys Are augieboo 01/19/03 09:59:16 PM
#15   A Brief History of Human Rights in Iraq augieboo 01/19/03 09:57:44 PM
#14   Iraq Foundation -- human rights in Iraq augieboo 01/19/03 09:57:00 PM
#13   Scheffer's Satement on Iraq augieboo 01/19/03 09:55:22 PM
#12   Iraq: Conference Highlights Human Rights Abuses augieboo 01/19/03 09:53:51 PM
#11   Alliance Internationale pour la Justice augieboo 01/19/03 09:43:56 PM
#10   08 February 2002 augieboo 01/19/03 09:38:07 PM
#9   Iraq Amnesty International exposes recent abuses augieboo 01/19/03 09:34:56 PM
#8   IRAQ Systematic torture of political prisoners augieboo 01/19/03 09:32:14 PM
#7   Iraq Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2001 augieboo 01/19/03 09:26:16 PM
#6   http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Guardian/documents/2002/12/02/hrdossierenglish.pdf Human Ri augieboo 01/19/03 09:25:37 PM
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