September 15th, 2001


Reactions to 911

Yes, I did... Actually, if you are a writer, you can be both...

I remember burning with a righteous anger when I wrote it. I did not even proof-read it. Upon rereading it, I get goosebumps. I added a comma, and a paragraph break.

San, I thought you wanted a copy???? Mom

Sister San's response to above article. Maybe she should have been a journalist instead of a teacher....


-----Original Message-----
From: San
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2001 9:02 PM
Subject: Re: Miami Herald Article

This guy needs a touch of God. Every society will have radical, mentally ill, cruel people who are SURE they are right, know the only answers, and have the only road map, those who believe that anyone not in their boat is inhuman and needs to be destroyed. Doing it in the name of religion, any religion, is a farce and makes a mockery of that person's belief in God. They need to be identified, neutralized, rehabilitated if possible, and contained, if not, and others of their race, religion, country of origin and/or family need not be blamed for the excesses of the few found in every culture, society, and group who can't see the big picture. Love is stronger than hate. Peace is stronger than terror. A way of life lived in fear, anger, and impotence will always lose out in the long run to one of peace, opportunities, and love.

That does not mean that there will not be bumps in the road.

The Maimi Herald article-- (Top gone...)

Arab societies have been killing each other for centuries. They are experts at it, and all the revenge that they have been able to concoct over the centuries has not taught them a better way. Exposure to other cultures has led to the mellowing of many of the cruel practices that were once commonplace. Showing them a better way, leading by example, is a far, far superior course.

I am proud of the local muslum groups and Arabic groups who are recommending that their members join with those helping -- be visible, DOING GOOD, uniting with those feeling pain and suffering. Actions like that ARE the best of human nature, and cut across national, racial, and religious boundaries.

Those who need help to handle and channel their anger and rage, no matter how "righteous" it is, will hopefully be surrounded by more level-headed friends to guide them through the grief process toward healing.

Two wrongs don't make a right, and the God I pray to is not impressed by who has the biggest stick or can make the biggest bang...

Keep on praying. It is the BEST course, no matter who you THINK you are working for when you do.
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Hit the Buildings -- Missed America

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Hit the buildings... MISSED AMERICA

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I got this email just now, and I wanted to share it with everyone...for this is what I, and many in the US feel...feel free to reply, but do not use sigs... for it takes too long to load...

Date: 9/11/2001 9:07p.m. (I am omitting the name and email...)

An open letter to a terrorist:

Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America. You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless American bodies, to take out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed America.

Why? Because of something you guys will never understand. America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military centers, America isn't about a place, America isn't even about a bunch of bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea, that you can go someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part, like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!)

Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: "If you can not see my point, then feel my pain." This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country, almost as a matter of pride. We're a collection of guys that don't agree, called States. We united our individual states to protect ourselves from tyranny in the world. Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up as you go, when it's your country.

If you're free enough.

Yeah, we're fat, sloppy, easy-going goofs most of the time. That's an unfortunate image to project to the world, but it comes of feeling free and easy about the world you live in.

It's unfortunate too, because people start to forget that when you attack Americans, they tend to fight like a cornered badger. The first we knew of the War of 1812, was when England burned Washington D.C. to the ground. Didn't turn out like England thought it was going to, and it's not going to turn out like you think, either. Sorry, but you're not the first bully on our shores, just the most recent.

No Marquis of Queensbury rules for Americans, either. We were the FIRST and so far, only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in anger. Horrific idea, nowadays? News for you bucko, it was back then too, but we used it anyway. Only had two of them in the whole world and we used 'em both.

Grandpa Jones worked on the Manhattan Project. Told me once, that right up until they threw the switch, the physicists were still arguing over whether the Uranium alone would fission, or whether it would start a fissioning chain reaction that would eat everything. But they threw the switch anyway, because we had a War to win. Does that tell you something about American Resolve?

So who just declared War on us? It would be nice to point to some real estate, like the good old days. Unfortunately, we're probably at war with random camps, in far-flung places. Who think they're safe. Just like the Barbary Pirates did, IIRC. Better start sleeping with one eye open.

There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. The Marielistas that Castro emptied out of his prisons, were overjoyed to find out how much freedom there was. First thing they did when they hit our shores, was run out and buy guns. The ones that didn't end up dead, ended up in prisons. It was a big PITA then (especially in south Florida), but you're only the newest PITA, not the first.

You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called. And killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit. Until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit.

Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time.

Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming.




Kate Smith... we hear you singing that from only you could sing it..
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