Moment of silence - World Trade Center and Pentagon
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Moment of silence - World Trade Center and Pentagon
I would just like to take a second and send my thoughts out to the people that have died and the people that are risking their lives in the rescue effort. I watched today in stunned silence as all of this unfolded. I just hope that the attacks have ended!
Re: Moment of silence - World Trade Center and Pentagon
Originally posted by jeremy I would just like to take a second and send my thoughts out to the people that have died and the people that are risking their lives in the rescue effort.
Agreed. I've been walking around in sort of a zombie state all day. Having worked in NYC for 8+ years, I'm not looking forward to the fact that I'll probably recognize more than a few of the names of the deceased as the bodies are identified. This is *not* a good day.
trusouthrnplaya, please dont start making assumptions about who is behind this. We must have proof of who did it, otherwise we abandon everything we stand for... truth, justice, and compassion.
I am enclosing an article I had sent to me by email that a Canadian newspaper editor wrote about us.
> America: The Good Neighbor.
> Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a
> remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian
> television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant
> remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
> "This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most
> generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.
> Germany, Japan and, to a lesser 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 in debts. None of these countries is today
> paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
> When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who
> propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the
> streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
> When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries
> in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by
> tornadoes. Nobody helped.
> The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars! into
> discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about
> the decadent, warmongering 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 any other
> 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 fly them?
> 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
> the moon? You talk about Japanese
> technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and
> you get automobiles.
> You talk about American 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 the store
window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued
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 at home
to spend here.
> When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through
> age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad
> and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose.
> Both are still broke.
> I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other
> 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 damned
> tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing
> with their flag high. And when they do, they are ent itled to thumb their
> nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope
> Canada is not one of those."
> Stand proud, America!
> Wear it proudly!
Here is what I wrote to my friends and co-workers in response to this:
Despite all of my various issues with the united States, I can honestly sit here and say that I am putting my differences aside at this time. My battles can wait for another day.
What I would like to point out, is the editor writes that we will have the right to thumb our nose at everyone else after we come out of this. But you know, I am willing to bet we wont. Why? Because we, despite out faults, sins, and differences are basically good natured, and are willing to help others, whether we receive a thank you or not. We dont expect other countries to help us when we need it. But when they do, we are grateful, and they know it.
We dont do things for other countries because we expect gratitude, but instead because we feel it is the right thing to do. Because we dont look at it from a country perspective, but from a people perspective, and that they are in times of need.
That above all else, is what separates us from most of the world. We are much less greedy and unfeeling than most of them believe.
It is not a flag, song, pledge, or even land borders that makes us who we are. It is instead our ideals, principles, and desire to help others that does. This is what being American is all about. And if we all stick by our values, we will come out of this stronger, determined, and possibly even more helpful to those in need. Because it is our way to share with others that which we hold most dear. Freedom, life, liberty, and justice, for all people in the world.
Just thought I would share this thought, because right now it truely needed to be said.
Come on now......did u not read my post, member of the USAF....do u not think we would no more detailed things than the civilian community, Do u think I would not be here packing my damn bags to the middle east as I reply to this post, as my wife and daughter cry knowin' within the next month I could be added to the list of casualties building from the recent attacks. If I have to spend my time over there away from my family to protect ur azz here....guarantee his azz is ours, even if I had to do it myself!!! All I had was 2 weeks in the military and I would of been makin 80k a year as a system engineer, then he pulls this sh@#!!!! On my damn birthday he pulls this shit, Do u know what that is like? I hate to spill my sh@# like dis; but he just fu@#ed my life up....
Thanks, Jeremy, for keeping this tragedy in front of us as we slowly clear the fog and numbness of the last days and return to our lives. I've been sitting in front of my computer trying to concentrate, yet not wanting to forget, as we must not, what has happened. As individuals, we need to remain calm (this is not a time to condemn Islam, deface mosques, etc.). As a nation, we must first be very sure we have identified the culprit(s) and their supporters, and then take decisive action. Until that time, we need to remember, every single day, those victims and their families.
Good posts, and I as one who feels great sadness for everything appreciate the sentiment and comments of those who have posted.
Funny how a group of Linux geeks like us can come together also... I guess it's not wierd, as we are bonded by nationality and values, etc.. but it does show how we can come together as one people "under God, indivisible.."
I want to side my view with both our Air Force friend and Shadowhacker. Personally, I have a deep desire for revenge. In some ways, it will solve nothing. 2 wrongs don't neccesarily make a right, but at same time, an effective strike and campaign against terrorism can put an end to so much suffering and injustice; it can at least prevent a goodly number of future attacks. I hold the fact that it was an attack on our civilians in condemnation; I find it a violation of ethics and a gutless, extreme act of cowardice. I am personally enraged that someone has the gall to bring thier personal hatred to bear against those who have no involvement. While an all out war against a particular country is far from an ideal method of bringing whatever attacker we confirm to be at fault justice, it would be of great benifit to act in a definate manner, to send the message that America will NOT stand for such injustice on our soil. The fact that this has occured means the message must not be strong enough to those who have done it; it may just indicate that their resolve to bring us what they view as 'justice' is as strong as ours against it....
If we do find a just means to bring military might to those we are certain are responsible for this attack, then I will fully support the initiative. I believe it will be in the name of humanity and justice, as long as the decision is made with inspiration and wisdom, the same principles as our country was founded on.
On another note, what do you all think of our new president? Is he making a good impression with the way he has responded to this event? Personally, I think he is doing good, and feel good standing behind him.