I got this in my email, and thought it was definitely worth sharing. I was especially touched by the part about the USS Cole.
The below was written by a U.S. serviceman.
>14 September, 2001 12pm
>When I opened my e-mail this morning I had about
>twenty forwards of the article written by Gordon
>Sinclair, the Canadian who so eloquently praised
>the United States. What most of you do not realize is
>that this commentary was written many years ago. Those
>of us in the Military Service have known about it for
>a long time. Now, Americans are flooding the net with
>it as if it were new. It is not. When it was written
>most Americans didn't read it, because most Americans
>did not care.
>The tragedy that befell all of us on September 11th
>America no longer feels safe. Many of you have said,
>"The government should have known! 30 Billion Dollars
>is spent on intelligence! What about the
>Just a reminder America, you voted our government
>into office. For years you allowed some politicians
>and twisted media to shape your ideas about the
>defense of our nation. On September 11th, America had
>the exact level of protection, both militarily and
>intelligence, that it was willing to pay for.
>Did any one ever watch CSPAN? Particularly when the
>Heads of our Armed Services essentially begged YOUR
>representatives to give the Military more money to
>fight terrorism and maintain a strong defense? Did you
>see the debates by the Heads of the Intelligence
>Services that terrorism was the new threat and they
>did not have the money to build the necessary
>intelligence networks in the areas where terrorists
>were being harbored? America must have been watching
>one of the other 114 satellite channels.
>The Military said: "We need more money to maintain
>military readiness and Combat Training."
>America Answerd : "What the Military needs is
>Sensitivity Training! You're all sexist homophobes! I
>saw it on the evening news!"
>The Military said: "We need money to build ships,
>planes, tanks, and improve our technology. America
>still has credible threats throughout the world."
>America Answered: "You're all part of a vast
>right-wing conspiracy. There is no more Soviet Threat!
>My Senator told me so! He/She says we do not need such
>a big military!"
>The Military said: "We need to recruit more Americans
>into the military. We need to increase our force."
>America Answered: "You're not taking my kids! We're
>going to shut down the ROTC programs at our high
and universities, because you discriminate
>against alternative lifestyles and women!"
>The Military said: "We can't keep interfering in the
>civil wars of small insignificant countries. It wastes
>our time, our resources, decreases training, and
>demoralizes our troops. We are warriors trying to
>defend our nation, not the third world's police."
>America Answered: "You heartless bastards! Can't you
>see the tear in the eye of that starving child with
>the flies on his face? Get Moving! This is what you're
>paid to do!"
>The Military Asked: "Why isn't America enraged over
>the terrorist attack on the USS Cole that killed
>seventeen AMERICAN Sailors?"
>America Answered: "We don't have time right now! You
>war mongers killed the poor innocent security guard in
>Puerto Rico and we're already late for the protest
>So, America, while you sit around your office coffee
>pots and ask, "Why did those terrorists kill innocent
>civilians? Why didn't they go after the Military?"
>Remember this: They already did and America didn't
>They realized that they needed to kill civilians, and
>lots of them, before they could have their desired
>reaction. Well, now they have it.
>Please do not think this letter is meant to be
>insulting. Many of my comrades in Arms have lost loved
>ones in New York and Washington. The plane that
>crashed in Somerset County, PA was not even thirty
>miles from my daughter's public school in Johnstown.
>We're just as angry, we're just as determined, and
>we're ready to lay down our lives for the safety of
>our great country, the freedoms all of us enjoy.
>America, we are still here for you. We always have
>What many of us ask is simple, print this letter and
>save it. When this war is over, take this letter out
>before every election and read it, remember the way
>you felt on September 11th, 2001. Whether you are a
>Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent; remember
>Freedom is not Free. You DO have a responsibility as
>an American to take part in your country's defense.
>It's as simple as casting an educated vote.
>If you wish to forward this, please do. But I
>respectfully ask that you DO NOT edit it. DO NOT
>change the date or try to take away the true
>God Bless This Nation