• Patriot Day

    From Lee Lofaso@2:203/2 to All on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 04:36:18
    Hello Everybody,

    Remember the events of 9-11?
    Terrorists slamming passenger buildings
    into skyscrapers, a five-sided military
    office, and a field of dreams?

    Remember the actions of a US president,
    who stood between two huge firemen at the
    rubble in NYC, telling all Americans to
    "go shopping" and "hug your children"?

    We even made that date a national holiday,
    calling it Patriot Day.

    We also built a new skyscraper in NYC to
    show the world who and what we are.

    Of course, the US president asked our
    NATO allies to help rid the terrorists
    from Afghanistan, which had been given
    sanctuary there by a group that called
    itself the Taliban. The US and some
    of its allies are still there today.

    After the events of 9-11, that same US
    president chose to launch an invasion of
    Iraq, which had absolutely nothing to do
    with those attacks, and posed no danger
    to the national security of the US.

    Nobody seems to know why the US remains
    in Iraq today, or even why US troops were
    sent there in the first place.

    The more things change, the more things
    stay the same. Do people ever learn?

    The War of 1812 was no different than any
    other war in human history. And all future
    wars will be the same as wars from times
    past. Regardless of which sides have fought
    or will fight those wars.

    Yet, there are some folks who get it.

    Peace. That is the answer. The only
    answer there can be. Why is it that adults
    have such a difficult time understanding
    that basic concept?

    There is war. And there is anti-war.
    With nothing in-between. Which side are
    you on?

    Here is my response to 9-11, or Patriot Day.
    A poem, written by Esther Talbot, age 10, in
    1814. In response to the War of 1812. But
    in reality, a response to all wars.

    This little girl understood far more about
    the horrors of war than most grown men of her
    own time, as well as future times.

    What can a little girl know about war and peace?
    Children are supposed to be protected from such
    horrors, by their parents and other adults.

    But she understood. She fully understood.
    What she wrote was her own response to war.
    It is the same response grown adults were
    too afraid to express amongst members of
    their own kind, as most adults felt it was
    their duty to pledge allegiance to those
    who had sworn to protect them all from the
    horrors of war.

    by Esther Talbot, 1814

    Come, gentle Peace, with smiling ray,
    Beam on our land a cloudless day;
    Beneath thy influence serene,
    The olive wears immortal green.

    Come, gentle Peace, resume thy reign,
    With all thy virtues in thy train;
    And then Columbia's soil shall grow,
    As verdant Paradise below.

    - All the caring people of this world (if any)

    Nobody Beats Our Meat

    --- MesNews/
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