You worry me!

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Eric, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. Eric

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    YOU WORRY ME ...By: American Airlines Pilot - Captain John Maniscalco

    I've been trying to say this since 9-11. I guess I will be labeled as a
    bigoted American.

    "You worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets
    of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended
    with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you
    don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you
    because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing
    to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and
    our friends for more than 20 years now.

    I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that
    nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks. On September 11,
    nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut
    the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death
    others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into
    buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise
    grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches,
    fearless public servants, and children's mothers. So I notice you now.
    I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage
    and hate and prejudice that has destroyed
    the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational
    American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and
    unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and
    the Arab/Muslim terrorist. How do I differentiate between the true
    Arab-Muslim-Americans and the Arab-Muslims in our communities who are
    attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities
    under the protection
    of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter
    those very same good neighbors and children?

    The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my
    responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country,
    with ALL of it's religions, with ALL of it's different citizens, with
    all of it's faults. It is time for every Arab-Muslim in this country to
    determine it for me. I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a
    right to know whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance
    to it's flag? Do you proudly display in front of your house, or on your
    car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this
    nation, that He will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that Allah
    with destroy it in one of your "Jihads"?

    Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A
    freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of
    patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to
    preserve this freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love
    America? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting
    ME know about it. Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding
    the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard
    actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the
    United States of America.

    Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent
    because I worry about who you regard as innocent. And no more benign
    overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry
    about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more
    sympathy...I am only interested in action. What will you do for America
    -- our great country -- at this time of crisis, at this time of war? I
    want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want
    to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America." I want to see young
    Arab-Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of
    money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this
    nation as a whole.

    The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the
    WTC attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim
    communities. You know them. You know where they are. Hand them over to
    us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action.
    Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even
    tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed
    security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You
    have screamed for protection from reprisals. The very few Arab-Muslim
    representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and
    equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the
    United States prove who was responsible before taking action. They
    seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence
    directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with
    supporting our country and denouncing "leaders" like Khadafi, Hussein,
    Farrakhan, and Arafat.

    If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for
    all people then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements
    from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the
    teachings in the Koran are good and pure and true when your "leaders"
    are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance. It
    matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large numbers of the world's
    Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a
    degenerative form of the religion.

    A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form
    whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and
    suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the
    world. A form whose members defended Johnny Cochran and O. J. Simpson
    after the latter butchered his wife and murdered an innocent friend. A
    form whose members (some as young a five years old) are seen day after
    day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets
    around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the
    American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members
    convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great
    United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules
    are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces
    at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.

    Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show
    their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore? Do you
    and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or
    celebrate Christmas? Do you and you fellow Muslims hate us because we
    have befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation in the
    entire middle-east? And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then
    why in the world are you even here? Are you here to take our money? Are
    you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy
    us?

    If so, I want you to leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit
    where women are treated like rats and dogs. I want you to take your
    religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists,
    and STAY THERE! We will NEVER give in to your influence, your retarded
    mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant religion. We will NEVER
    allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to
    take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest
    constitution in the world. I want to know where every Arab-Muslim in
    this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every
    true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood
    of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very
    constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with
    you to let me know.

    I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow
    American. But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your
    allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand." "Until
    then ... you worry me."
     
  2. I like it. I edited my thoughts. Thought other wise.
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2002

  3. oneastrix

    oneastrix G&G Newbie

    Not touching it with w/ a ten foot pole! (Though it expresses some very valid sentiments).
     
  4. Rave

    Rave G&G Evangelist

    :nod: :nod: :nod: S.O.S. :nod: :nod: :nod: