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>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 10:31:40 -0700 (PDT)
>From: John Elliott <n3ncj@yahoo.com>
>Subject: Attack
>To: tentenlist@ten-ten.org
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>We'll go forward from this moment..
>  It's my job to have something to say.  They pay me to
>provide words that help make sense of that which
>troubles the American soul. But in this moment of
>airless shock when hot tears  sting disbelieving eyes,
>the only thing I can find to say, the only words  that
>seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author
>of this suffering.
>You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.  What
>lesson did You hope to teach us by your coward's
>attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us?
>What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was,
>please know that you failed.   Did you want us to
>respect your cause? You just damned your cause.  Did
>you want to
>make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.  Did you
>want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.
>Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and
>quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social,
>political and class division, but a family
>nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of
>tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae
>-- a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's
>misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too,
>spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and
>material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk
>through life with a certain sense of blithe
>We are fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving
>compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and
>to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us,
>people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.
>Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all
>of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not
>weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be
>measured by arsenals.
>Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are
>in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of
>the awful thing you did, still working to make
>ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect
>from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot
>development from a Tom Clancy novel. Both in terms of
>the awful scope of their ambition and the probable
>final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down
>the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the
>United States and,probably, the history of the world.
>You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied
>But there's a gulf of difference between making us
>bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan
>was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone
>hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such
>abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are
>righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When
>provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any
>suffering, pay any cost, go to any length,in the
>pursuit of justice.
>I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know
>my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know
>reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread
>of the future. In the days to come, there will be
>recrimination and accusation,fingers pointing to
>determine whose failure allowed this to happen and
>what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
>There will be heightened security, misguided talk of
>revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this
>moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined,
>too. Unimaginably determined.
>You see, the steel in us is not always readily
>apparent. That aspectof our character is seldom
>understood by people who don't know us
>well. On this day, the family's bickering is put on
>hold.  As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will
>mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of
>all that we cherish.
>So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It
>occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the
>depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider
>the message received. And take this message in
>exchange:  You don't know my people. You don't know
>what we're
>capable of. You don't know what you just started.
>But you're about to find out....
>I do not know who wrote the above...
>It was 187 years ago today:
>It was the valiant defense of Fort McHenry by American
>forces during the British attack on September 13, 1814
>that inspired 35-year old, poet-lawyer Francis
>Scott Key to write the poem which was to become our
>national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The
>poem was written to match the meter of the English
>song, "To Anacreon in Heaven." In 1931
>the Congress of The United States of America enacted
>legislation that made "The Star-Spangled Banner" the
>official national anthem.
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