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
George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
The National Cathedral
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
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
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
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.