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Old 12-06-2002, 08:24 AM
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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 and wives, and children, some unborn.
>
> And these people brought it on themselves? And 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.

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Old 12-06-2002, 08:56 AM
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Stupid people exist everywhere...This rag is privilaged enough to have employed them.
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Old 12-06-2002, 09:21 AM
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Confused at Baja Daze.

I read Spitfire's post as a copy of an article in the Daily Mirror. I also read it as supporting America.

Am I missing something?
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Okay, way too vague with my post. Sorry.
A little background: What spitfire first said about the rag is entirely true. It's the newspaper that really sucks. Second, this rag usually has nothing good to say. This may be an exception, I just don't know.

You know, the more I read this article the less sense it makes. Maybe I don't know the British language too well, but what's this supposed to mean?

"> 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."

Maybe it's just me, maybe due to an extended happy hour last night, but I just don't get this guy's message. It's quite conflicting at times.
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I also expected it to be a slam on us but read it as a compliment and a "we are sorry about your loss" article. I think it was good. Did I read this wrong?
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I have trouble with the whole paragraph:

> 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.

I think he is trying to say that there is anti-American sentiment among more than just the nut job religious fanatics. The anti_american sentiment goes from Liberals to Conservatives, both for obsurd reasons.

I also think the article was an attempt to say that he loves America and wants to point out that 9/11 rated with the worst atrocities of all time, yet America has shown tremendous restraint in our response, which he appearantly likes.

No wonder the press gets such a bad name. They write things even intelligent people can't figure out. Or maybe we are not intelligent

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