A retired Marine

Discussion in 'Free Speech Alley' started by JSracing, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. JSracing

    JSracing Founding Member

    Nov 24, 2003
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    I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," asked myself, "Why the Jews didn’t fight back?"

    Now I know why.

    I sat in a movie theater, watching "Pearl Harbor" and asked myself, "Why weren't we prepared?"

    Now I know why.

    Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil people.

    On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed themselves to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed terrorists because they did not comprehend the depth of hatred that motivated their captors.

    On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated to the dominance of others. Many political pundits, pacifists and media personnel want us to forget the carnage. They say we must focus on the bravery of the rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the killers. They implore us to understand the motivation of the perpetrators. Major television stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.

    I will not be manipulated.

    I will not pretend to understand.

    I will not forget.

    I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.

    I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush's address to the nation with the snide remark, "No matter how you feel about him, he is still our president"

    I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned President Bush's motives for not returning immediately to Washington, DC and commented, "We're all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington."

    And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if reporters weren't informed of every little detail of this war, they aren't "likely -- nor should they be expected -- to show deference."

    I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United States of America.

    I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic terrorists and their supporters with the world's most sophisticated telecommunications equipment and encryption technology, thereby compromising America's ability to trace terrorist radio, cell phone, land lines, faxes and modem communications.

    I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like those perfected by the previous administration.

    I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations like the silly, "Have your bags been under your control?" question at the airport.

    I will not be influenced by so called,"antiwar demonstrators" who exploit the right of __expression to chant anti-American obscenities.

    I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by American war protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines.

    I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose reassurance over reality.

    I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told the Labor Party conference, "They have no moral inhibition on the slaughter of the innocent. If they could have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does anyone doubt they would have done so and rejoiced in it?

    There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must!"

    I will force myself to:

    -hear the weeping
    -feel the helplessness
    -imagine the terror
    -sense the panic
    -smell the burning flesh
    - experience the loss
    - remember the hatred.

    I sat in a movie theater, watching "Saving Private Ryan" and asked myself, "Where did they find the courage?"

    Now I know.

    We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.

    -- Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.)
    Not as lean, Not as mean, But still a Marine.
  2. Sourdoughman

    Sourdoughman TigerFan of LSU and the Tigerman

    Oct 11, 2003
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    I've often pondered this question lately:

    With the recent beheadings, Why these people don't resist and fight back.
    I would rather die fighting with a bullet then to be beheaded, a slow and agonizing

    It's not like you don't already know that your going to be beheaded.
  3. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

    Sep 5, 2002
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    Once the beheading victims have been kidnapped it is likely that they were under the total control of the terrorists. I don't know if any of them was able to resist in any way but it is likely that they might have tried to do whatever they could do. We don't know one way or another whether any of them was able to loosen the bonds that bound them and fight back in any way possible. If any of them did it was not successful. I sincerely hope that at least one of them was able to kill a couple of their captors before they were subdued. If it happened that way the terrorists are not about to tell us.
  4. DeafValleyBatnR

    DeafValleyBatnR Founding Member

    Jan 11, 2002
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    I was watching a show the other day and they said an Italian guy was captured and they were going to behead him. He some how got the bag off his head and said Italians die like this or something like that. It was some documentory. I have a big mouth sometimes (most of the time) and I have often wondered what I would do if I was in the situation some have been in.

  5. ramah

    ramah Founding Member

    Sep 13, 2001
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    We all know it over here now

    Anyone taken alive knows they are a dead man ...

    folks are starting to run road blocks out of fear that terrorists are dressed as police ... All I can say is this ... my window does not ever roll down and my ID is clearly visible ... I have an Arabic sign that states who I am and work for ... with my foot on that accelerator ... and a quick eye for a hand reaching for a pistola ... I keep a clear two vehicle space at all check points except Company gates and Lord help the poor Terrorist bastid/bastids that get in the way of this crazy cajun's Chevy P/U Truck and that big, powerful V-8 engine ... I'll grease the treads of my tank with their entrails ... weapons are now being carried by Americans over here ... as this thread is being monitored ... I'll just say that we've got a fighting chance now :usaflagwa

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