"We're ALL Americans" ( Le Monde 11 September 2001)
11.09.04 "We won't forget" a reminder to us all. (download may take a little time)
" I say to our enemies: We are coming, God may have mercy on you, but we won't " Senator John McCain 12.September 2001.
When US President John F Kennedy on his visit to Berlin in June 1963 declared " Ich bin ein Berliner " I was 16 years old and for many years my most precious possession has been the LP-recording of that speech in Berlin. (listen to his speech here ichbinein.wav198K). America and its people have always stood up for the Freedom of others, and now the time has come to stand up and be counted for each and every one of us.
Today I grieve and want to extend my hand in a gesture of friendship and comfort to all Americans - I will not let my sadness draw me into hatred, but neither will I forget the images of people 'dancing in the streets' from Cairo, Bagdad, Damascus, Kandahar to the Westbank of Jordan.
Tuesday September 11'th is the day we all became Americans.
Political correctness ended on this day in the realisation that Evil must be confronted and called by its real name. Terrorists are not misguided youth, but fanatical killers. I no longer want to understand the motivation of Terrorists & the social diseases which allow such sentiments to grow, as an excuse for not acting to prevent their deeds.
I support Salman Rushdie's call in the Washington Post "Let's be clear about why this bien-pensant anti-American onslaught is such appalling rubbish. Terrorism is the murder of the innocent; this time, it was mass murder. To excuse such an atrocity by blaming U.S. government policies is to deny the basic idea of all morality: that individuals are responsible for their actions". (source www.andrewsullivan.com ).(added 09.10.01).
Maybe W. H. Auden's "For the Time Being," a prophetic poem from a half century-ago, best describe the decadence of Political Correctness. Auden predicted that in the "New Age" :
Knowledge will degenerate into a riot of subjective visions & Justice will be replaced by Pity as the cardinal human virtue, and all fear of retribution will vanish & The New Aristocracy will consist exclusively of hermits, bums and permanent invalids. The Rough Diamond, the Consumptive Whore, the bandit who is good to his mother, the epileptic girl who has a way with animals will be the heroes and heroines of the New Age, when the general, the statesman, and the philosopher have become the butt of every farce and satire. ( I found this poem in The Goldberg Files by Jonah Goldberg, The National Review)
The Iraq war best photo:
A soldier risks his life to save a child.
It's for sale here http://michaelyon.blogspot.com/2005/11/tribute-for-service-members-and.html in support of Michael Yon's heroic in depth coverage of the Iraq war.
by Niels Kjellerup, Editor and Publisher of this website. Ashgrove, Australia September 18th 2001. Updated November 26th 2005.
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