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Mar. 18th, 2003 | 10:08 am

We'll go forward from this moment It's my job to have something to say. They
pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the
American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting
disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that
seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World
Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn?
Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.

Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.

Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a
family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family
nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional
energy on pop cultural minutiae -- a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's
misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready
availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we
walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are
fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle
to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority
of us, people of faith,
believers in a just and loving God.

Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak.
You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot
be measured by arsenals.

IN PAIN

Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still
grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to
make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect
from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom
Clancy novel.
Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final
death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of
terrorism in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of
the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us
fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time
anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and
monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in
our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any
suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I
think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with
dread of the future.

In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers
pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be
done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security,
misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment
sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too.
Unimaginably determined.

THE STEEL IN US

You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of our
character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this
day, the family's bickering is put on hold.

As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we
will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that
maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the
case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange:
You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't
know what you just started.

But you're about to learn.




Now, granted, this was written right after 9/11.... But I think it can be used here also. Saddam complimented Osama's attack on the WTC... He was a major financial backer... Iraq was as much a part of those attacks as Osama was. We couldn't find Osama... But we can cut off hs money and rid the world of another threat to the people of our fine country...

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from: ex_un_popula347
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
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I read that when it was first written. It brought me to teats. Several times.

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from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
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yeah.. I just found it in my inbox and thoguht it could easily be used for the current events as well...
Cause..
Saddam has no fucking clue whats about to hit him....

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from: ex_un_popula347
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:35 am (UTC)
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What's sad is that I couldn't give a shit less.

It took Bush a year and a half to get shit done. And now the whole purpose has been lost, anyway.

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:37 am (UTC)
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I dunno how much of it was Bush and how much of it was other pencil pushers...

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC)
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He was a major financial backer... Iraq was as much a part of those attacks as Osama was.

Do you have any links that back this up? I have heard people say it before, but as yet to see any reliable (i.e. not coming out of Bush's mouth) source that indicates whether this is, in fact, true.

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from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:40 am (UTC)
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give me a few

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
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I didn't expect in instaneous answer :)

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC)
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i'm quick with some things...
I pulled them from an earlier entry...

http://www.livejournal.com/users/dlough/183666.html?nc=16

here are a couple links... just got them quickly.. i am sure I could find more..

http://news.indiainfo.com/spotlight/usstrikes/08defectors.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0%2C2763%2C779359%2C00.html

http://metimes.com/2K1/issue2001-46/reg/iraqi_defector_tells.htm

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 08:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the links... though I am not completely convinced for a number of reasons:

a) The Kurds hate Saddam... they'll say anything to get him out of power
b) Most of the 'intelligence' comes from defectors. They too, want Saddam out of power
c) If we had solid evidence, we would have invaded Iraq when we invaded Afghanistan. Why did we wait if we had such solid evidence of links between Al-Queda and Baghdad? Also, if the link is so strong, then why are all these other countries reluctant? They are just as likely to have terrorist infiltration as we are.. if not more so.
d) Terrorist train here in the states too. You don't see us invading Georgia.

I realize I am not going to sway your opinion... and I don't expect to. I am laying out my thoughts on the matter so you know where I stand.

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)
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hehe... I dunno if invading Georgia would be challenging enough for our military men.. LOL

the UN has been blackballing any effort to go against Saddam and Iraq. when was the last time France was 100% on the americans side on any matter??

eh.. more links...

http://216.239.51.100/search?q=cache:BSmRIslucwoC:www.washtimes.com/national/20020927-60557328.htm+%22baghdad+and+al+qaeda%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

http://www.worldmag.com/world/issue/02-22-03/cover_1.asp


Eh.. nevermind.. according to the news we are going to war cause Saddam just rejected the US ultimatum

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
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the UN has been blackballing any effort to go against Saddam and Iraq. when was the last time France was 100% on the americans side on any matter??

I am not a big fan of the French myself... but the Revolutionary war, I think.

Eh.. nevermind.. according to the news we are going to war cause Saddam just rejected the US ultimatum

Yeah, that's some of the issue... nobody seems to know exactly why we are going to war. Bush seems to convey it's because he has weapons of mass destruction. He rarely, if ever mentions Al-Queda. Bah... I guess it's too late to complain now. I just hope my friends and co-workers come back in one piece.

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Don

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from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 08:34 am (UTC)
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Well.. he does have weapons of mass destruction... He has been moving them around and hiding them for years... They guy hates the US and will do everything he can to take us down... I think it's about time we stepped in before he does more damage than the WTC attacks did to us... It's a tough act to follow for him.. but I am sure he has plans developed that would be worse than 9/11

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Travis

Playing devil's advocate...

from: sivart
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC)
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It's interesting... we can use that same argument for the US and North Korea... example:

The US has weapons of mass destruction. The US hates Iraq and will do everything we can to take it down... It's about time Iraq steps in before the US does more damage to Baghdad than we did in '91. I'm sure we can screw that country up more than Bush Sr. did, so let's give it a whirl.

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Don

Re: Playing devil's advocate...

from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 08:42 am (UTC)
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Hey, I'm all for turning the whole middle east into a fucking shipping channel... so...
then we won't have to listen to all the bullshit fighting that goes on amongst them anymore.. hehehe

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Travis

Re: Playing devil's advocate...

from: sivart
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC)
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Now we're talking :D

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Don

Re: Playing devil's advocate...

from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
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we got the weapons to do it... and think of the economic pluses for Europe and Asia!!! bigger shipping routes! Quicker shipments!
The possibilities are endless!! LMAO

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Travis

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from: sivart
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
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LOL! I think you need to go talk to our 'fearless' leader. You may be on to something!

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Amanda

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from: snapplemodel
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC)
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I just wanted to say thank you for the nice comment in the nonuglies community. You were the only person who was nice.
I would have posted there but i was afraid of being even more picked apart. =/

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from: screth18
date: Mar. 18th, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)
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well said *thumbs up*

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