Do Not Forget!

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Oxford, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Here's something I received from a friend and I thought G& would be a good place for it to be posted. There's several excellent points that were made.

    I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," 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
    informed 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 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 said at 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

    Experience the loss

    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.

  2. oneastrix

    oneastrix G&G Newbie

    I've actually read that somewhere before. Good post Oxford. I'll be attending a memorial service for the victims of 9-11 here in my town. Our department will be running on a skeleton crew during that ceremony.
  3. Now I believe--It's payback time.