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Could It Be Said Any Better?

The following passage is currently making the rounds in e-mail.  I don't think it could be said any better.


I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List" and asked myself, "Why didn't the Jews fight back?"

Now I know why.


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.


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.


On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated to the dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists, and media personnel want us to forget the carnage. 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. Major television stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.


I will not be manipulated.


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.


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."


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."


And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if reporters weren't innormed of every little detail of this war, they aren't "likely -- nor   should they be expected -- to show deference."


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.


I will not forget that the Clinton administration equipped Islamic terrorists and their supporters with the world's most sophisticated telecommunications equipment and encryption technology, thereby compromising America's ability to trace terrorist radio, cell phone, land lines, faxes, and modem communications.


I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like those perfected by the previous administration.


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.


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


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.


I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose reassurance over reality.


I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told the 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!"


I will force myself to:


-hear the weeping,

-feel the helplessness,

-imagine the terror,

-sense the panic,

-smell the burning flesh,

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experience the loss;
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remember the hatred.

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.

4 Comments:

  • 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.

    Unforturnely for us we lost 60,000 + not our war not our country! Did we have as much problems with that country after bombing them for 10 years killing women, children even animals for what? No
    Iraq 2nd time around how many more will die I bet 1,000 + b/4 it's over for what?
    Bush lied both of them! Money, power, oi, human sufering! For what? More Marines Army kiled than b/4 for what they have no retirement, 401k, vacations even sewers! For what! Everyone we backed has turned on us! From the shaw of Iran to Hati why? For what! For nothing like Pearl Harbor it was planed so we would be
    involved! Gulf of Tonkin another joke! Iraq airforce was shot down every day and still we lost! We droped more bomb's on Iraq (they should change Bagdad to Bagbomb!) Lets kill some more and let everyone hate us! 60 years i watched planes blow up when the hit ships in WW 2 it would not take a brain to figure out it would work on tall buildings too! The Cole left unproteced because it was a US Warship! They did'nt have their guns loaded! It's a joke fire everyone in the goverment! We have a 300 Billion Dollar Bill that everyone owes! Ok marine lets go! Don't forget the flack jacket you don't have or the armor plates missing on your Hummer or Jeep just die for nothing again!
    After WW 2 it's for all for nothing but oil, money, power=lies!

    By MrSteel01, at 2:50 PM

  • 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.

    Unforturnely for us we lost 60,000 + not our war not our country! Did we have as much problems with that country after bombing them for 10 years killing women, children even animals for what? No
    Iraq 2nd time around how many more will die I bet 1,000 + b/4 it's over for what?
    Bush lied both of them! Money, power, oi, human sufering! For what? More Marines Army kiled than b/4 for what they have no retirement, 401k, vacations even sewers! For what! Everyone we backed has turned on us! From the shaw of Iran to Hati why? For what! For nothing like Pearl Harbor it was planed so we would be
    involved! Gulf of Tonkin another joke! Iraq airforce was shot down every day and still we lost! We droped more bomb's on Iraq (they should change Bagdad to Bagbomb!) Lets kill some more and let everyone hate us! 60 years i watched planes blow up when the hit ships in WW 2 it would not take a brain to figure out it would work on tall buildings too! The Cole left unproteced because it was a US Warship! They did'nt have their guns loaded! It's a joke fire everyone in the goverment! We have a 300 Billion Dollar Bill that everyone owes! Ok marine lets go! Don't forget the flack jacket you don't have or the armor plates missing on your Hummer or Jeep just die for nothing again!
    After WW 2 it's for all for nothing but oil, money, power=lies!

    By MrSteel01, at 2:50 PM

  • MrSteel,

    It is sad to have my Blog contain your incorrect and outrageous comments. If you can't see how global events shape our country, then I can't help you. You seem like one of those who can't see past our borders. If it were up to you, you would erect a wall around the country and hide from the world.

    And just like the fringe Bush-haters, you are revealed by your "Bush lying" comments. Maybe you should be directing your "lying" remarks to the preceeding president, who lied under oath. Bush happens to be an excellent leader who tells it like it is. If you don't agree with him, it doesn't mean he's lying, it means he's taking a stand. That's exactly what I like about him.

    By Todd, at 1:16 PM

  • Well said! I REALLY would love to make a further comment about MrSteel but, ladies need to remain ladies AND I was taught that if you couldn't say anything NICE, don't say anything at all.

    By Tarzan, at 12:22 AM

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