Never Forget

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
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I can’t remember where I found this, but it needs to be read by all those who think America is nothing but a greedy capitalist country.

 

A TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES

This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.  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:

America: The Good Neighbor.

“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 entitled 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!

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Never Forget

  1. It’s one of those ‘what were you doing at that time’ moments, a major historical story we were unfortunate enough to have to live through. A defining moment. But, in reply to the Canadian piece, please don’t judge other countries or their people by the behaviour of our politicians!

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      1. Even on that day, I was sickened by the aloofness and mild interest I found in the midwest.. I was driving to Fargo for a delivery when the first plane hit and was reported by the news.. Then the second plane hit and it was reported that they were jumbo airliners.. I pulled into the dealer and it looked like business as usual, though 4 planes were deliberately hijacked and crashed.. The only way you’d know anything was going on, was from the TV in the customer waiting area..
        I sat and watched the footage of the second plane hitting and remember hearing myself say “no, no, no” , like it was happening right then.. That somehow it would miss the building at the last moment..
        People around the store talked about it like it was just a news blurb.. I went to the truckstop needing fuel and it was jammed with trucks and cars and rvs all wanting to fill up before the gas prices went sky-high, ppl were filling tanks in pickup truck beds and gas cans.. But no one seemed horrified by what just happened, the loss of life wasn’t in thier excited conversation..
        I parked and cried for all of it, the people who were murdered for an unholy cause and the people who died trying to save who they could..

        September 10th 2012 my Mom died. September 11th 2001 many people died.. These 2 days will always be hard for me, the rest of my life

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  2. The man falling headfirst without flailing, if not unconscious, seemed to have made the decision to jump without panic, knowing that at least he wouldn’t be burned alive or asphyxiated.. The people trapped, with no where to go, had only the choice of which death to choose.. That to me is unimaginable and horrifying to think of what despair and terror they suffered before death.. Nothing can be justified or rectified about this act of violence.. This was a malicious mass murder, perpetrated by evil hearts to cause as much suffering and death as they could muster.. Only evil could rejoice in this.. And that’s exactly how I saw those people who were gleefully celebrating, that were broadcast on tv..
    Even if some were delusional to believe it was justified in a religious act, to be “happy” over murder, is just evil..

    When a murderer confesses and shows no remorse, when executed, the emotion should be relief that they cannot murder again, not glee because they are dead

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  3. I knew what you meant.. and I agree it was brave.. And proof that terrorists will always fail..
    Passengers and crew of flight 93 saved an unknown number of ppl but they also did as the people who chose not to die as the terrorists hoped for..
    Terrorists are evil, they enjoy murder and torture and they will always be failures in America and other countries whose citizens who refuse to be terrorized into submission of any kind

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  4. I visited the Memorial the Sunday before the anniversary and I would dare any soul not to be acutely moved. I was in England the day it happened and I remember every nuance as the horror played out on our screens. It was unforgettable in the worst possible way.

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    1. Like anyone whose country was attacked, I feel the sorrow with all my heart. Anyone who feels the sting of such a terrible end, deserves our remembrance, now and forever. Anyone who perpetuates such an end, shall be pursued to the ends of the earth and destroyed. Any person or peoples who harbor such a person or persons, is culpable and shall receive the same fate. It’s a matter of justice before the eyes of all mankind regardless of race, color, creed or religion. They will be hunted down and shot like the cowards they are.

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      1. The biggest enemy this and my own country of birth have is Political Correctness. Of course there is a place, an essential place for equality and tolerance and not allowing discrimination on the basis of colour, religion, gender, sexuality or anything else BUT we have allowed a greying of boundaries and borders which means that everyone feels they have the right to the loudest voice and to force their beliefs on everyone else. Sickening attacks such as those carried out on 9/11/01 are the result of evil people manipulating people into believing that they have the RIGHT to attack and defeat at any cost anyone who stands in the way of whatever it is they believe in and no care that innocent lives are brutally destroyed because all that matters is THEIR message and THEIR demonstration that they are the strongest. The world has become too small. We need a return to a time when we lived a life, worked hard, put food on our tables and clothed ourselves and those we are responsible for, taught them a simple set of rules that define an understanding of right and wrong and did not interfere with others. A world where respect and decency are the most important values and a world where we understand that what we want is not the same as what we need. We also need to face the fact that picking the scab will only make it bleed …. Where evil lurks, cauterise it and be done.

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      2. I couldn’t agree more. Though I empathize with people fleeing crushing poverty or hardships due to waring factions in their society, we can’t take them all in if our countries can’t even properly care for our own. Until the people of the middle east decide who they really are, what path of religious beliefs they want to follow, we should not be allowing them into other countries. I don’t mind sending relief supplies, but why risk bringing in those who wish to do us harm? Also, if you want to go there as a volunteer your on your own. You knew the risks.

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      3. I agree with you. My inner idealist squeaks but my adult realist knows we have to start by taking care of our own and both here and in my birth and adopted countries we are failing miserably. I add to the pot though that the US, UK and others need to take their noses OUT of other areas, particularly the Middle East. It is NOT for us to dictate to other cultures. We need to put our energies into making our own land masses functional and prosperous enough. Use our own resources and leave the oil rich, gas rich and whatever else rich Middle East, China, Africa, Indian subcontinent to address their own problems and solve them in their own way however unpalatable it may appear to our eyes. And those that do move to different countries and are welcomed need to fully integrate by speaking the language, embracing the culture and working to enhance their adopted country.

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      4. Exactly – so the West needs to leave well alone and stop interfering and preaching. Let it be as a wise man said many moons ago. And most certainly take care of home …. Try and fix what’s not working and divert funds and energy away from issues that should not concern.

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