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    A marine\'s thoughts

    Some things you should never, never forget!

    Thought provoking powerful thoughts to reflect and to ponder
    over. This marine really has a handle on our \"AMERICA.\"

    I sat in a movie theater watching \"Schindler\'s List,\" and asked myself,

    \"Why didn\'t the Jews fight back?\" Now I know why.

    I sat in a movie theater, watching \"Pearl Harbor\" and asked myself,

    \"Why weren\'t we prepared?\"

    Now I know why.

    Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil
    people.

    On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed
    themselves to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed
    terrorists because they did not comprehend the depth of hatred that
    motivated their captors.

    On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered
    because too many Americans naively reject the reality that some nations
    are dedicated to the dominance of others. Many political pundits,
    pacifists and media personnel want us to forget the carnage.
    They say we must focus on the bravery of the rescuers and ignore the
    cowardice of the killers. They implore us to understand the
    motivation of the perpetrators. Major television stations have
    announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying
    devastating footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.

    I will not be manipulated.

    I will not pretend to understand.

    I will not forget.

    I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the
    press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting.

    I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President
    Bush\'s address to the nation with the snide remark,

    \"No matter how you feel about him, he is still our president.\"

    I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned
    President Bush\'s motives for not returning immediately to Washington,
    DC and commented,

    \"We\'re all pretty skeptical and cynical about Washington.\"

    And I will not forget that ABC\'s Mark Halperin warned if
    reporters weren\'t informed of every little detail of this war, they aren\'t
    \"likely -- nor should they be expected -- to show deference.\"

    I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an
    attack on the USS Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United
    States of America.

    I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic
    terrorists and their supporters with the world\'s most sophisticated
    telecommunications equipment and encryption technology, thereby
    compromising America\'s ability to trace terrorist radio, cell
    phone, land lines, faxes and modem communications.

    I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory
    strikes like those perfected by the previous administration.

    I will not be comforted by \"feel-good, do nothing\" regulations like
    the silly, \"Have your bags been under your control?\" question at the
    airport.

    I will not be influenced by so called, \"antiwar demonstrators\" who
    exploit the right of __expression to chant anti-American obscenities.

    I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by
    American war protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning
    soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines.

    I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who
    chose reassurance over reality.

    I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who
    told the Labor Party conference, \"They have no moral inhibition on
    the slaughter of the innocent. If they could have murdered not
    7,000 but 70,000, does anyone doubt they would have done so and rejoiced
    in it?

    There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of
    minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice:
    defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must!\"

    They say there is no healing unless we forget and forgive. I
    say, I will force myself to:

    - hear the weeping
    - feel the helplessness
    - imagine the terror
    - sense the panic
    - smell the burning flesh
    - experience the loss
    - remember the hatred.

    I will never forget, nor will I ever forgive.

    I sat in a movie theater, watching \"Private Ryan\" and asked
    myself, \"Where did they find the courage?\"

    Now I know.

    We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.

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