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Wasted



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2001 12:51 pm    Post subject: Says it pretty well... Reply with quote

Wednesday, September 12, 2001 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific
Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist
The barbarians will learn what America's all about
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
Syndicated columnist
They pay me to tease shades of meaning from social and cultural issues, 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, cultural, political and class division, but a family
nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending 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 entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though
peace-loving and 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 its ambition and the probable final death
toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in
the history of the United States and, indeed, the history of the world.
You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.
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 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, there is steel beneath this velvet. That aspect of 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.
Still, I keep wondering what it was 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 about. You
don't know what you just started.
But you're about to learn.

Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.'s column usually appears Thursday on
editorial pages of The Times. His e-mail address is:
leonardpitts@mindspring.com
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Bohica



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2001 1:01 pm    Post subject: Says it pretty well... Reply with quote

Amen Virtual Brother!!
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Icarus



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2001 1:10 pm    Post subject: Says it pretty well... Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing!!!
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General Zod



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2001 3:01 pm    Post subject: Says it pretty well... Reply with quote

Excellent post.

GZ
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EdwardTHead



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2001 9:10 am    Post subject: Says it pretty well... Reply with quote

That's the best piece I've seen so far this week.
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ArgoNaught



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Location: Greece

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2001 9:30 am    Post subject: Says it pretty well... Reply with quote

This kind of article I agree with. Patriotic and yet honest. Touching and yet rousing.

Had this been posted none of the discussion in this thread's "brother" would be necessary.

I am not against editorials. I'm against PROPAGANDA!
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