[meteorite-list] A Syndicated Column

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Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:59 2004
Message-ID: <20010914145722.6644.cpmta_at_c000.snv.cp.net>

We will mourn-- we will bury our dead-- then we will give the barbarians reason to bury their own....

Steve Schoner

On Fri, 14 September 2001, "Walter G. Sullivan" wrote:

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> <br><b>The barbarians will learn what America's all about - By Leonard
> Pitts</b>
> <br><b>Jr. Syndicated Columnist</b><b></b>
> <p><b>They pay me to tease shades of meaning from social and cultural issues,</b>
> <br><b>to&nbsp; provide words that help make sense of that which troubles
> the</b>
> <br><b>American soul.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>&nbsp;But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving</b>
> <br><b>eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem
> to fit,</b>
> <br><b>must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>You monster.&nbsp; You beast.&nbsp; You unspeakable bastard.&nbsp;
> What lesson did you</b>
> <br><b>hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center,
> our</b>
> <br><b>Pentagon, us?&nbsp; What was it you hoped we would learn?&nbsp;
> Whatever it was,</b>
> <br><b>please know&nbsp; that you failed.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>Did you want us to respect your cause?&nbsp; You just damned your
> cause. Did</b>
> <br><b>you want to make us fear?&nbsp; You just steeled our resolve. Did
> you want to</b>
> <br><b>tear us apart?&nbsp; You just brought us together.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>&nbsp;Let me tell you about my people.&nbsp; We are a vast and quarrelsome
> family,</b>
> <br><b>a family rent by racial, cultural, political and class division,
> but a</b>
> <br><b>family nonetheless.&nbsp; We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending</b>
> <br><b>tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae, a singer's</b>
> <br><b>revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse.&nbsp;
> We're</b>
> <br><b>wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and
> material</b>
> <br><b>goods, and maybe because of&nbsp; that, we walk through life with
> a certain</b>
> <br><b>sense of blithe entitlement.&nbsp; We are fundamentally decent,
> though -</b>
> <br><b>peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing
> and</b>
> <br><b>to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of
> faith,</b>
> <br><b>believers in a just and loving God.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>&nbsp;Some people - you, perhaps - think that any or all of this
> makes us</b>
> <br><b>weak. You're mistaken.&nbsp; We are not weak.&nbsp; Indeed, we are
> strong in ways</b>
> <br><b>that cannot be measured by arsenals.&nbsp; Yes, we're in pain now.
> We are in</b>
> <br><b>mourning and we are in shock.&nbsp; We're still grappling with the
> unreality</b>
> <br><b>of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand</b>
> <br><b>that this isn't a&nbsp; special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster,
> isn't</b>
> <br><b>the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>Both in terms of the awful scope of its ambition and the probable
> final</b>
> <br><b>death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts
> of</b>
> <br><b>terrorism in the history of the United States and, indeed, the history</b>
> <br><b>of&nbsp; the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied
> before.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making
> us</b>
> <br><b>fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the
> last</b>
> <br><b>time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such</b>
> <br><b>abrupt</b>
> <br><b>and&nbsp; monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our
> outrage,</b>
> <br><b>terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism,
> we will</b>
> <br><b>bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit
> of</b>
> <br><b>justice.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people,
> as you,</b>
> <br><b>I think, do not.&nbsp; What I know reassures me. It also causes
> me to tremble</b>
> <br><b>with dread of the future.&nbsp; In days to come, there will be recrimination</b>
> <br><b>and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed
> this</b>
> <br><b>to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.</b>
> <br><b>There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic</b>
> <br><b>freedoms.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad.&nbsp;
> But</b>
> <br><b>determined, too.&nbsp; Unimaginably determined. You see, there is
> steel</b>
> <br><b>beneath this velvet. That aspect of our character is&nbsp; seldom
> understood</b>
> <br><b>by people who don't know us well.&nbsp; On this day, the family's
> bickering</b>
> <br><b>is put on hold.&nbsp; As Americans we will weep, as Americans&nbsp;
> we will mourn,</b>
> <br><b>and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>&nbsp;Still, I keep wondering what it was you hoped to teach us.
> It occurs to</b>
> <br><b>me&nbsp; that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your
> hatred.&nbsp; If</b>
> <br><b>that's the case, consider the message received. And take this</b>
> <br><b>message in exchange: You don't know my people.&nbsp; You don't know
> what</b>
> <br><b>we're about.&nbsp; You don't know what you just started.</b><b></b>
> <p><b>&nbsp;But you're about to learn.</b>
> <p>Impactika_at_aol.com wrote:
> <blockquote TYPE=CITE><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>Hello
> all members,</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>And this is mostly for those
> of you who are in or near Denver.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>The Denver Show is going
> on.&nbsp; Yes, of course there are a few dealers and collectors missing,
> but less than I had feared. The world is still well represented here, and
> discussing, trading our favorite things.</font></font>
> <br><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>No, we have not forgotten
> the tragic events of Tuesday, but we cannot allow "Them" to disrupt our
> lives and the business that is part of our lives. Stopping what we are
> doing would be handing "Them" a moral victory. I believe that we must not
> allow that to happen.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>Therefore everything will
> go on as planned.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>The Auction is still planned
> for tomorrow Friday. Granted our Auctioneer is still in San Diego and we
> still hope that he will be able to join us sometime tomorrow. If he does
> not, we will have to improvise. (Michael, if you are online, please start
> typing, send us a complete run down of what to do)&nbsp; Additionally if
> we do volunteer one of us as an auctioneer, I suggest that we set aside
> the 10% auctioneer fee, and give it to the Red Cross.&nbsp; So please everybody,
> do come to Dave Bunk's ShowRoom on 46th avenue and Pecos, starting around
> 6pm tomorrow, the auction proper will start around 8pm. And we will need
> plenty of volunteers.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>The Party will also go on
> Saturday evening, after 7pm. I personally believe that by then a lot of
> people will really need those large margaritas.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>For additional information
> and maps please go to:</font></font>
> <br><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
> <A HREF="http://www.impactika.com/ImpacNews-frame.html">http://www.impactika.com/ImpacNews-frame.html</A></font></font>
> <br><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>and click on the link to
> the Denver Show.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>I will be at the Merchandise
> Mart all day tomorrow, at Alain Carion's booth. Please stop by.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>See you all soon.</font></font>
> <p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>Anne Black</font></font>
> <br><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1><A HREF="http://www.IMPACTIKA.com">http://www.IMPACTIKA.com</A></font></font>
> <br><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>IMPACTIKA_at_aol.com</font></font>
> <br><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1><A HREF="http://www.TheMineralCompany.com">http://www.TheMineralCompany.com</A></font></font></blockquote>
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