David Seth Melchert wrote:
> Dear Ones:
> Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered by this message that has been passed
> around the internet over the past week?
> I can understand why only partial covereage has been given to it. It is so
> general, inaccurate and partial as to hardly mean anything "We are always blamed
> for everything, and never even get a thank you for the things we do". This is
> the sort of emotional appeal that nationalistic rulers around the world use to
> whip up sentiment among their populace. Yugoslavia comes to mind. Is that what
> we want to spread around?
> Making claims about being the most generous country on earth makes me wonder if
> the author has ever traveled to the third world. With all the fervor about Islam
> floating around, I would remark that the deepest hospitality and generosity I
> have ever met was in Egypt. I returned from Cairo convinced that America has a
> lot to learn from its poorer cousins around the world.
> Since when is airplane manufacturing a measure of a country's greatness? Hasn't
> the author ever heard of Airbus and its tremendous success in Europe and Asia?
> While the US is the source of tremendous amounts of aid around the world, the
> author conveniently skips over the long bloody path of direct American support
> for cruel and brutal dictatorships around the world. Chile in the 70's, Persia
> and Guatemala in the 50's come to mind. What about our President bombing Tripoli
> in 1986 killing scores of innocent civilians simply to show the world that we
> are tough. That struck me as an act of terrorism, as bad as the disco bombing
> that precipitated it.
> No, this is not American bashing. There are many sides to consider. But I have
> received so many copies of this "editorial" over the past few days I wonder, is
> anyone out there thinking critically, or is our society blindly following the
> emotional fervor that paves the way to more terrible things happening? I thought
> that was one of the lessons we learned from Germany in the 30's.
> Seth Melchert
> Richard Segesta wrote:
> > TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
> > Hello to you all! This, touching article from a Canadian newspaper, is worth
> > sharing. It is one of the best editorials that I have ever read regarding
> > the United States. It is nice that one man realizes it. I only wish that the
> > rest of the world would realize it. . I hope you agree, and send
> > this to as many people as you can so they can pass it on, and on...
> > Blessings, Richard
> > AMERICA: The Good Neighbor.
> > Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable
> > editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television
> > commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as
> > printed in the Congressional Record: "This Canadian thinks it is time to
> > speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least
> > appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent,
> > Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans
> > who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None
> > of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts
> > to the United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it
> > was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and
> > swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When earthquakes
> > hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This
> > spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
> > The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into
> > discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about
> > the decadent, war mongering Americans. I'd like to see just one of those
> > countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar
> > build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to
> > equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If
> > so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except
> > Russia fly American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider
> > putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and
> > you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles.
> > You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon-not once,
> > but several times-and safely home again. You talk about scandals, and the
> > Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at.
> > Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our
> > streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are
> > getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
> > When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through
> > age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad
> > and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both
> > are still broke.I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the
> > help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone
> > else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help
> > even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone,
> > and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around.
> > They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do,
> > they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over
> > their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those.
> > Stand proud, America!"
2nd point of view:
written by Deepak Chopra
The Deeper Wound
As fate would have it, I was leaving New York on a jet flight that took
off 45 minutes before the unthinkable happened. By the time we landed in
Detroit, chaos had broken out. When I grasped the fact that American
security had broken down so tragically, I couldn't respond at first. My
wife and son were also in the air on separate flights, one to Los
Angeles, one to San Diego. My body went absolutely rigid with fear. All
I could think about was their safety, and it took several hours before
I found out that their flights had been diverted and both were safe.
Strangely, when the good news came, my body still felt that it had been
hit by a truck. Of its own accord it seemed to feel a far greater
trauma that reached out to the thousands who would not survive and the
tens of thousands who would survive only to live through months and
years of hell. And I asked myself, Why didn't I feel this way last
week? Why didn't my body go stiff during the bombing of Iraq or Bosnia?
Around the world my horror and worry are experienced every day. Mothers
weep over horrendous loss, civilians are bombed mercilessly, refugees
are ripped from any sense of home or homeland. Why did I not feel
their anguish enough to call a halt to it?
As we hear the calls for tightened American security and a fierce
military response to terrorism, it is obvious that none of us has any
answers. However, we feel compelled to ask some questions. Everything
has a cause, so we have to ask, What was the root cause of this evil?
We must find out not superficially but at the deepest level. There is
no doubt that such evil is alive all around the world and is even
celebrated. Does this evil grow from the suffering and anguish felt
by people we don't know and therefore ignore? Have they lived in this
condition for a long time?
One assumes that whoever did this attack feels implacable hatred for
America. Why were we selected to be the focus of suffering around the
world? All this hatred and anguish seems to have religion at its
basis. Isn't something terribly wrong when jihads and wars develop
in the name of God? Isn't God invoked with hatred in Ireland, Sri
Lanka, India, Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, and even among the
intolerant sects of America? Can any military response make the
slightest difference in the underlying cause? Is there not a deep
wound at the heart of humanity?
If there is a deep wound, doesn't it affect everyone?
When generations of suffering respond with bombs, suicidal attacks,
and biological warfare, who first developed these weapons? Who
sells them? Who gave birth to the satanic technologies now being
turned against us? If all of us are wounded, will revenge work?
Will punishment in any form toward anyone solve the wound or
aggravate it? Will an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and limb
for a limb, leave us all blind, toothless and crippled?
Tribal warfare has been going on for two thousand years and has now
been magnified globally. Can tribal warfare be brought to an end?
Is patriotism and nationalism even relevant anymore, or is this
another form of tribalism?
What are you and I as persons going to do about what is happening?
Can we afford to let the deeper wound fester any longer? Everyone
is calling this an attack on America, but is it not a rift in our
collective soul? Isn't this an attack on civilization from without
that is also from within? When we have secured our safety once more
and cared for the wounded, after the period of shock and mourning
is over, it will be time for soul searching. I only hope that these
questions are confronted with the deepest spiritual intent.
None of us will feel safe again behind the shield of military might
and stockpiled arsenals. There can be no safety until the root
cause is faced. In this moment of shock I don't think anyone of us
has the answers. It is imperative that we pray and offer solace and
help to each other. But if you and I are having a single thought
of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment,
we are contributing to the wounding of the world.