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  1. From: General Hawley
    Subject: How About This Viewpoint!

    Since the attack, I have seen, heard, and read thoughts of such surpassing
    stupidity that they must be addressed. You've heard them too. Here they


    1) "We're not good, they're not evil, everything is relative." Listen
    carefully: We're good, they're evil, nothing is relative. Say it with me
    now and free yourselves. You see, folks, saying "We're good" doesn't mean
    "We're perfect." Okay? The only perfect being is the bearded guy on the
    ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The plain fact is that our country has, with
    all our mistakes and blunders, always been and always will be, the greatest
    beacon of freedom, charity, opportunity, and affection in history. If you
    need proof, open all the borders on Earth and see what happens. In about
    half a day, the entire world would be a ghost town, and the United States
    would look like one giant line to see "The Producers."

    2) "Violence only leads to more violence." This one is so stupid you
    usually have to be the president of an Ivy League university to say it.
    Here's the truth, which you know in your heads and hearts already:
    Ineffective, unfocused violence leads to more violence. Limp, panicky,
    half-measures lead to more violence. However, complete,
    fully-thought-through, professional, well-executed violence never leads to
    more violence because, you see, afterwards, the other guys are all dead.
    That's right, dead. Not "on trial," not "reeducated," not "nurtured back
    into the bosom of love." Dead. D-E-Well, you get the idea.

    3) "The CIA and the rest of our intelligence community has failed us." For
    25 years we have chained our spies like dogs to a stake in the ground, and
    now that the house has been robbed, we yell at them for not protecting us.
    Starting in the late seventies, under Carter appointee Stansfield Turner,
    the giant brains who get these giant ideas decided that the best way to
    gather international intelligence was to use spy satellites. "After all,"
    they reasoned, "you can see a license plate from 200 miles away." This is
    very helpful if you've been attacked by a license plate. Unfortunately, we
    were attacked by humans. Finding humans is not possible with satellites.
    You have to use other humans. When we bought all our satellites, we fired
    all our humans, and here's the really stupid part. It takes years, decades
    to infiltrate new humans into the worst places of the world. You can't just
    have a guy who looks like Gary Busey in a S! pring Break '93 sweatshirt plop
    himself down in a coffee shop in Kabul and say "Hiya, boys. Gee, I sure
    would like to meet that bin Laden fella." Well, you can, but all you'd be
    doing is giving the bad guys a story they'd be telling for years.

    4) "These people are poor and helpless, and that's why they're angry at us."
    Uh-huh, and Jeffrey Dahmer's frozen head collection was just a desperate cry
    for help. The terrorists and their backers are richer than Elton John and,
    ironically, a good deal less annoying. The poor helpless people, you see,
    are the villagers they tortured and murdered to stay in power. Mohamed
    Atta, one of the evil scumbags who steered those planes into the killing
    grounds (I'm sorry, one of the "alleged hijackers," according to CNN - they
    stopped using the word "terrorist," you know), is the son of a Cairo
    surgeon. But you knew this, too. In the sixties and seventies, all the
    pinheads marching against the war were upper-middle-class college kids who
    grabbed any cause they could think of to get out of their final papers and
    spend more time drinking. At least, that was my excuse. It's the same
    today. Take the Anti-Global-Warming (or is it World ! Trade? Oh who knows
    what the hell they want). They all charged their black outfits and plane
    tickets on dad's credit card before driving to the airport in their SUV's.

    5) "Any profiling is racial profiling." Who's killing us here, the
    Norwegians? Just days after the attack, the New York Times had an article
    saying dozens of extended members of the gazillionaire bin Laden family
    living in America were afraid of reprisals and left in a huff, never to
    return to studying at Harvard and using too much Drakkar. I'm crushed. I
    think we're all crushed. Please come back. With a cherry on top? Why
    don't they just change their names, anyway? It's happened in the past.
    Think about it. How many Adolfs do you run into these days? Shortly after
    that, I remember watching TV with my jaw on the floor as a government
    official actually said, "That little old grandmother from Sioux City could
    be carrying something." Okay, how about this: No, she couldn't. It would
    never be the grandmother from Sioux City. Is it even possible? What are
    the odds? Winning a hundred Pow! erball lotteries in a row? A thousand? A
    million? And now a Secret Service guy has been tossed off a plane and we're
    all supposed to cry about it because he's an Arab? Didn't it have the
    tiniest bit to do with the fact that he filled out his forms
    incorrectly---three times? And then left an Arab history book on his seat
    as he strolled off the plane? And came back? Armed? Let's please all stop
    singing "We Are the World" for a minute and think practically. I don't want
    to be sitting on the floor in the back of a plane four seconds away from
    hitting Mt. Rushmore and turn, grinning, to the guy next to me to say,
    "Well, at least we didn't offend them."

    SO HERE'S what I resolve for the new year:

    Never to forget our murdered brothers and sisters.

    Never to let the relativists get away with their immoral thinking.

    After all, no matter what your daughter's political science professor says,
    we didn't start this.

    Have you seen that bumper sticker that says, "No More Hiroshimas"? I wish I
    had one that says, "You First. No More Pearl Harbors."

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  3. by   shay
    HERE HERE!!! AMEN!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
  4. by   Mkue
    General Hawley is BRILLIANT !!!

    Thanks so much for sharing that !
  5. by   rncountry
    This is absolutely excellant! One I will have to print and keep.
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    Have you seen that bumper sticker that says, "No More Hiroshimas"? I wish I
    had one that says, "You First. No More Pearl Harbors."

    And in defense of the human race, I wish I had one that said, "No more General Hawleys"

    Unless, of course, General Hawley can walk with his head held high from within a 7 miles radius of one of them Hiroshima bombs.
  7. by   Q.
    Don't worry Mario. If you had your wish, there won't be any General Hawley's, as they'll all be dead from continued terrorist attacks on America. But hey, we died the good guy so who cares, right?

  8. by   mario_ragucci
    And you think military action is going to stop terrorism, in the year 2002?

    Maybe it was okay 50 years ago, but not now. I don't want to see the world go down the drain.
  9. by   canoehead
    Going through history wars lead to one side beaten down, temporary peace a revolt and then another war. It is a vicious circle. I don't know the answer but I am willing to bet that immediate retaliatory violence is not it. And furthermore, I'll bet that someone has to be the first to try to talk instead of kill, and I'll bet that we WON'T find the answer this time around. Discontent from this conflict will lead to another one just like it,and more people killed. But maybe we will see the start of effective talking to understand each other sometime this century.

    I'm not saying the other side is right. Just that the way we are handling conflict now has not solved anything, just puts it off to another day with more powerful weapons and deeper grudges.
  10. by   cmggriff
    Susy K,
    Girlfriend I am still in love with ya. I hope your husband knows how lucky he is. As for violence begetting violence, I suggest that if we kill everyone of the bad guys they will not be violent toward us again. Yes indeed we destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And my uncles are probably a live because of that. They did not have to invade Japan.
    Keep 'em comin' Susy. Gary
  11. by   donmurray
    As I understand it, a bomb, however smart it may be, can't differentiate between good guys and bad guys. In Desert Storm, there were 18 British troops killed, 10 by American fire. Friendly fire is not friendly.
  12. by   betts
    WASHINGTON, DC--In a televised address to the American people Tuesday, a determined President Bush vowed that the U.S. would defeat "whoever exactly it is we're at war with here."

    Above: Flanked by Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush pledges to "exact revenge, just as soon as we know who we're exacting revenge against and where they are."
    "America's enemy, be it Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, a multinational coalition of terrorist organizations, any of a rogue's gallery of violent Islamic fringe groups, or an entirely different, non-Islamic aggressor we've never even heard of... be warned," Bush said during an 11-minute speech from the Oval Office. "The United States is preparing to strike, directly and decisively, against you, whoever you are, just as soon as we have a rough idea of your identity and a reasonably decent estimate as to where your base is located."

    Added Bush: "That is, assuming you have a base."

    Bush is acting with the full support of Congress, which on Sept. 14 authorized him to use any necessary force against the undetermined attackers. According to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), the congressional move enables the president to declare war, "to the extent that war can realistically be declared on, like, maybe three or four Egyptian guys, an Algerian, and this other guy who kind of looks Lebanese but could be Syrian. Or whoever else it might have been. Because it might not have been them."

    In addition to those responsible for the Sept. 11 attack, the U.S. is determined to exact revenge upon any nation found to have harbored the perpetrators.

    "Should we determine that a nation has been giving refuge to this fiend--or fiends, as the case may be--we will effectively be at war with that nation," Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said. "Then again, what if we declared war on Afghanistan and they didn't send anyone to fight us? It's plausible that we could declare war on them, but they wouldn't go to war with us, since they weren't the ones who actually attacked us. Who would our soldiers even shoot?"

    U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), one of Congress' decorated war veterans, tried to steel the nation for the possibility of a long and confusing conflict.

    "America faces a long road ahead," McCain said. "We do not yet know the nature of 21st-century warfare. We do not yet know how to fight this sort of fight. And I'll be damned if one of us has an inkling who we will be fighting against. With any luck, they've got uniforms of some sort."

    "Christ," McCain continued, "what if the terrorists' base of operation turns out to be Detroit? Would we declare war on the state of Michigan? I suppose we'd have to."

    Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the war against terrorism will be different from any previous model of modern warfare.

    "We were lucky enough at Pearl Harbor to be the victim of a craven sneak attack from an aggressor with the decency to attack military targets, use their own damn planes, and clearly mark those planes with their national insignia so that we knew who they were," Rumsfeld said. "Since the 21st-century breed of coward is not affording us any such luxury, we are forced to fritter away time searching hither and yon for him in the manner of a global easter-egg hunt."

    "America is up to that challenge," Rumsfeld added.

    On Monday, the House of Representatives voted 428-2 to form an intelligence-gathering task force dedicated to "rooting out every scrap of information that can possibly be gleaned" concerning the attackers.

    "When this task force's investigation is complete, America will know this guy's mother's favorite flavor of ice cream," U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) said. "We will also know who he is."

    Gramm said that the U.S. has already learned a great deal about the details of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and that a rough psychological profile of its mastermind has been constructed.

    "For example, we know that the mastermind has the approximate personality of a terrorist," Gramm said. "Also, he is senseless. New data is emerging all the time."

    Standing in opposition to Bush and Congress is a small but growing anti-war movement. During the president's speech Tuesday, two dozen demonstrators gathered outside the White House, chanting and waving placards bearing such slogans as "U.S. Out Of Somewhere" and "No Blood For Whatever These Murderous Animals Hope To Acquire."

    Attorney General John Ashcroft urged Americans to "come together at such a difficult and unprecedented time in our nation's history."

    "Make no mistake, we are facing a grave evil," Ashcroft said. "This was a horrific crime, the likes of which our nation has never seen. But this crime will not go unpunished, mark my words. To whoever did this, wherever you are, I say to you: Justice will be served, swiftly and hopefully."
    Last edit by betts on Mar 25, '02