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I will not forget

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Oxford, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Here's some powerful words I thought should be posted.

    Oxford

    "I will not forget"


    These are the words of a Retired Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant Ed Evans. I Will NOT Forget!

    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 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.

    MGySgt. Ed Evans USMC (Ret.) Not as lean, Not as mean, But still a Marine.



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    Last edited: Apr 25, 2002
  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

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  3. Doglips

    Doglips G&G Newbie

    I liked what you said.!!!!
     
  4. Rave

    Rave G&G Evangelist

    I like and believe in what you said,but I feel i am in the minority,even so I wil continue to rant and rave at every opportunity!:nod: :nod: :nod: :assult:
     
  5. Howdy,

    On behalf of my recently deceased father and Korean War veteran, Semper Fi!

    From my heart, thank you for speaking what is in my soul. The most powerful phrase ever uttered in the scope of human language is "Lest we forget."

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    Last edited: Apr 24, 2002
  6. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

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    Sniper, for your pop

    God Bless.
     
  7. Thanks Jerry,

    That pic hits home more than you may know. Dad was a tank driver during and around the time of the chosin (sp) withdrawl. I still attend Marine Corps Leauge functions that we have attended since children. I for one am glad to see more recognition to the veterans of the forgotten war.

    :cheer:

    "I will choose a path thats clear, I will choose free will." More Neal Peart
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2002
  8. Calvin

    Calvin G&G Newbie

    That was VERY intense, Oxford. Thanks for sharing it.

    Jerry, my hat's off to you, and, Sniper, thank your Dad for what all he has done. God bless each and every one.

    Doglips, thanks for your service, also.
     
  9. Stopper

    Stopper G&G Newbie

    Right ON the money!!

    Thanks and God Bless!
     
  10. Benny

    Benny G&G Newbie

    Great stuff, thanks for sharing! Makes me want to go to the range and get that much better with my .45... just in case...

    Benny
     
  11. Thank God for men such as these. Because of them we can sleep well at night, knowing that somewhere in the world, there is a American wearing the uniforms of our armed forces keeping watch for us. So we should never forget the sacrifices they and the ones before them have made. God bless everyone of them.