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Brit's article - his perspectiveNo_sprint
Mar 7, 2003 1:15 PM
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
skyscr! apers.

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 picked 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
re: Brit's article - his perspectiveMe Dot Org
Mar 7, 2003 4:52 PM
It is certainly nice to know that some Europeans don't forget American sacrifices for freedom. I think there is an element of anti-Americanism in Europe that wants to believe the United States is all-bad, all-the-time. And there certainly is an air of arrogance with Chirac when he lectures other European states for behaving like "spoiled children", while holding up French aloofness as the model of virtue.

Having said that, I don't think this is a particularly logical or well-reasoned argument. I just don't think the case is made that 9/11=War with Iraq. I understand the fear, but you have to ask yourself:

1. If 9/11 hadn't happened, would we be attacking Iraq?

2. If the answer to Question 1 is no, what evidence do we have tying Iraq to 9/11?

People seem to be forgetting we already went to war in Afghanistan (even the Administration, whose original budget outlay for 2004 allocated $0 for rebuilding Afghanistan. To be fair, once this slight oversight was pointed out they got right on it.)

Notice the author isn't talking about U.N. resolutions or non-compliance. It seems to be an emotional appeal based upon the images of 9/11. Yes, we should certainly respond to terrorism. Yes, we were right to go after the Taliban and Al Qaida in Afghanistan. If you want to talk about Iraqi non-compliance with U.N. resolutions, let's talk. But to simply base support for the U.S. on being horrified, however justifiably, by of the images of 9/11 isn't really a sound basis for policy.

And comparing the horror of 9/11 to the horrors of Pol Pot or the Holocaust is hyperbole.
Daily Mirror left wing?MJ
Mar 10, 2003 2:00 AM
no it is not left wing - it is a tabloid - it is not an in depth news source

this point is clear from the content of the emotionally laden editorial which links 9/11 with supporting US military intervention in Iraq - the two simply aren't linked

some people are anti-American in Euro-land - but to take a critical look at your ally does not constitute anti-Americanism