THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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"Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come."

President George W. Bush

September 20, 2001

 

The picture displayed above is one I made years ago, upon returning from one of several trips I have made to what is still the Greatest City in the World.   It is an amazing place, full of excitement and culture, and sharp, diverse people who, despite their sometimes apparent thick crust, are suprisingly warm and friendly people when you get to know them and who get along with an impressive amount of harmony.  

  Washington, D.C. is another great city I have visited on several occasions. My visits there always made me walk a little taller.  The majestic architecture has always  made me very proud to be an American.  

  My mother passed away about two months ago and my family and I have been trying to deal with the grief of our loss, and now thousands of other families throughout our great country are having to go through the same loss of a loved one because cowardly religious zealots decided to aim their hatred at some of the greatest symbols of our democracy, steering innocent people to their deaths in what can only have been horrific final moments as unwitting passengers in the bombs which caused such an  incomprehensible loss of life.  

  People were plunging to their deaths, deciding that such a fate might be preferable to being burned to death by the thousands of gallons of burning jet fuel.  I watched, in horror, with my co-workers on live television as the structural steel in the twin towers of the World Trade Center finally gave way under the inferno and all of that concrete, steel and glass came crashing down,  ending the lives of so many people at once.   Everyone was in tears.   It seemed that things might still be somewhat alright as long as the buildings were still standing.  Perhaps they could repair the damage, we thought.   We learned that another plane had been flown into the Pentagon, also causing massive destruction and an enormous loss of life.

Later that day I saw video tape of happy Palestinians, dancing their victory jigs in the streets, thrilled that the "head of the serpent" had finally gotten hurt.   

The terrorists did not destroy us.  They awakened the Sleeping Giant and galvanized us into a more united United States, which will now launch a war on terrorism unlike any war we have ever waged.  We will give them the Holy War these soulless bastards have been begging for all these years.  The cowards can run, but they cannot hide.  We will savor our revenge.


World Reaction to the Attacks


I was very proud of Georgia Senator Zell Miller when I heard his speech before the Senate on September 12th:

 

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) today made the following statement on the floor of the United States Senate:

"The victims and their loved ones of this horrible act of war should be in our prayers.

"The perpetrator and those who give them safe haven should be in our bomb sights.

"After Pearl Harbor, a Japanese remarked that the 'sleeping giant has been awakened'. I pray that 'the sleeping giant' has again been awakened. We've got to change the way we do things.

"For too long when terrorist attacks have happened, it seems America's first interest has been to please our friends, and then if permitted, punish our enemies.

"After yesterday and from here on out that must be reversed. America's first interest must be to punish our enemies, then, if possible, please our friends.


"Our response should not only be swift, it must be sustained. As I said yesterday, our will as a country has been tested. Too often in the past, terrorist attacks have not been answered as forcefully as they should have. There's been indignation, even outrage. There's been wringing of hands and sad talk. We've shaken our collective heads in dismay, sighed over our cocktails, then went home, ate dinner and went to bed, feeling safe and secure that it's not going to happen here. That it's not going to happen to us.

"Well, it has happened to us. It has happened here.

"Our world has been turned upside down. It'll never be the same again. And, it shouldn't.

"We must strike the viper's nest -- even if he's not there. We know that the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan has nurtured Osama bin Laden for years. This diabolical plot was probably hatched there. Certainly similar plots have been - and it's time for us to respond.

I say, bomb the hell out of them. If there's collateral damage, so be it. They certainly found our civilians to be expendable.

"We know that Osama bin Laden comes and goes in Saudi Arabia and yet we protect Saudi Arabia from Iraq. What kind of sense does that make? Correct it. Being an accessory to a murder -- whether you do the deed or not -- makes you guilty.

"I also believe we should immediately turn our attention to the security of our airlines.

"I know there is a large pool of willing ex-military personnel who possess the rudimentary skills to be effective, temporary Air Marshals if given a crash-training course on the basic requirements of the job. Or, another option might be to have active duty military personnel do this job.

"We should also install communications hardware aboard each aircraft that would let pilots make emergency transmissions to Air Traffic Control. In today's 'star wars' capability, I believe it is possible to outfit each aircraft with an emergency transponder combined with an 'open mike' type system that would be strictly for one-way communications from aircraft to Air Traffic Control. The pilot or crew members could push a button -- much like a silent bank alarm -- that would instantly alert authorities. It could also serve as a hidden microphone in the cockpit and in the passenger cabins.

"Those are some of my thoughts today, for whatever they're worth, at this terrible time.

"To paraphrase President Roosevelt, this nation will endure as it has endured, but we must change things drastically."


From the Canadian Communications Foundation, the original script of "The Americans," by Gordon Sinclair, Canadian journalist.

News Broadcasting - "Unique Stories"

"LET'S BE PERSONAL"    Broadcast June 5, 1973     CFRB, Toronto, Ontario

Topic: "The Americans"

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Misssissippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. 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 those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc 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 distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 107? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women 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 everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them ... unless they are breaking Canadian laws .. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could blame them if they said 'the hell with the rest of the world'. Let someone else buy the Israel bonds, Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.

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 to you 5,000 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 neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them 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 these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year's disasters .. with the year less than half-overů has taken it all and nobody...but nobody... has helped.

ORIGINAL SCRIPT AND AUDIO
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(c) 1973 BY GORDON SINCLAIR
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Transcript of President George W. Bush's State of the Union Address on 

20 September, 2001

 


My new motto:  

"Let's turn those ploughshares into swords."

Pray for victory.

 

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