Editorial by John Ziegler

A British Perspective On The Forgetting of 9/11

1/16/2003

Message from England

No matter what your views on President Bush's
statement of upcoming war, this, from an English
journalist, is very interesting. Just a word of
background for those of you who aren't familiar with
the UK's Daily Mirror.This is a notoriously left-wing
daily that is normally not supportive of the Colonials
across the Atlantic.

Tony Parsons ... Daily Mirror ... September 11, 2002

One year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of
broadcasting -- the mass murder of thousands, live on television. As a lesson in the pitiless cruelty of the human race, September 11 was up
there with Pol Pot's Mountain of Skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies stacked like garbage in the Nazi concentration camps. An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so utterly merciless that
surely the world could agree on one thing - nobody deserves this fate. Surely there could be consensus: The victims were truly innocent, the perpetrators truly evil.

But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly
seen as America's comeuppance. Incredibly, anti-Americanism has increased over the last year. There has always been a simmering resentment to the USA in this country; too loud, too rich, too full of themselves, and so much happier
than Europeans -- but it has become an epidemic. And
it seems incredible to me. More than that, it turns my
stomach.

America is this country's greatest friend and our
staunchest ally. We are bonded to the US by culture,
language and blood. A little over half a century
ago, around half a million Americans died for our
freedoms, as well as their own. Have we forgotten so
soon? And exactly a year ago, thousands of ordinary
men, women and children -- not just Americans, but
from dozens of countries, were butchered by a
small group of religious fanatics. Are we so quick
to betray them? What touched the heart about those who
died in the Twin Towers and on the planes, was that we recognized them.

Young fathers and mothers, somebody's son and somebody's daughter,husbands, wives, and children, some unborn.

And these people brought it on themselves? Their
nation is to blame for their meticulously planned
slaughter? These days you don't have to be some
dust-encrusted nut job in Kabul or Karachi or
Finsbury Park to see America as the Great Satan.

The anti-American alliance is made up of self-loathing
liberals who blame the Americans for every ill in the
Third World, and conservatives suffering
from power-envy, bitter that the world's only
superpower can do what it likes without having to ask permission.

The truth is that America has behaved with enormous
restraint since September 11. Remember ...
remember.... remember ... the gut-wrenching tapes of
weeping men phoning their wives to say, "I love you,"
before they were burned alive.

Remember those people leaping to their deaths from
the top of burning skyscrapers. Remember the hundreds
of firemen buried alive.

Remember the smiling face of that beautiful little
girl who was on one of the planes with her mum.

Remember .... remember ... And realize that America
has never retaliated for 9/11 in anything like the way
it could have.

So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked up without a
trial in Camp X-ray? Pass the Kleenex ....

So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up
after they merrily fired their semi-automatics in a
sky full of American planes? A shame, but maybe
next time they should stick to confetti.

AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the
world into a parking lot. That it didn't is a sign of
strength. American voices are already being raised
against attacking Iraq -- that's what a democracy is
for. How many in the Islamic world will have a
minute's silence for the slaughtered innocents of
9/11? How many Islamic leaders will have the guts
to say that the mass murder of 9/11 was an
abomination?

When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving
Palestinians were dancing in the street. America watched all of that --
and didn't push the button.

We should thank the stars that America is the most
powerful nation in the world. I still find it
incredible that 9/11 did not provoke all-out war. Not
a "war on terrorism." A real war. The fundamentalist
dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell" if
America attacks Iraq.

Well, America could have opened the gates of hell
like you wouldn't believe. The US is the most
militarily powerful nation that ever strode the
face of the earth.The campaign in Afghanistan may
have been less than perfect and the planned war on
Iraq may be misconceived.

But don't blame America for not bringing peace and
light to these wretched countries. How many
democracies are there in the Middle East,or in the
Muslim world? You can count them on the fingers of one
hand -- assuming you haven't had any chopped off for
minor shoplifting.

I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that
makes me Bush's poodle.... But I would rather be a dog
in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh.

Above all, America is hated because it is what every
country wants to be rich, free, strong, open,
optimistic. Not ground down by the past, or
religion, or some caste system. America is the best
friend this country ever had and we should start
remembering that.

Or do you really think the USA is the root of all
evil? Tell it to the
loved ones of the men and women who leaped to their
death from the burning
towers. Tell it to the nursing mothers whose
husbands died on one of the
hijacked planes, or were ripped apart in a
collapsing skyscraper. And tell
it to the hundreds of young widows whose husbands
worked for the New York
Fire Department.

To our shame, George Bush gets a worse press than
Saddam Hussein. Once we
were told that Saddam gassed the Kurds, tortured his
own people and set up
rape-camps in Kuwait. Now we are told he likes
Quality Street. Save me the
orange center, Oh Mighty One!

Remember .... remember ... September 11. One of the
greatest atrocities in
human history was committed against America. No, do
more than remember.
Never forget.

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