February 14, 2003

FOR ONCE, IT'S NOT AN URBAN LEGEND:

SHAME ON YOU AMERICAN-HATING LIBERALS (Tony Parsons, 9/11/02, London Daily Mirror)
AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot. That it didn't is a sign of strength.

American voices are already being raised against attacking Iraq - that's what a democracy is for. How many in the Islamic world will have a minute's silence for the slaughtered innocents of 9/11? How many Islamic leaders will have the guts to say that the mass murder of 9/11 was an abomination?

When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving Palestinians were dancing in the street. America watched all of that - and didn't push the button. We should thank the stars that America is the most powerful nation in the world. I still find it incredible that 9/11 did not provoke all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism". A real war.

The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell", if America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened the gates of hell like you wouldn't believe.

The US is the most militarily powerful nation that ever strode the face of the earth.

The campaign in Afghanistan may have been less than perfect and the planned war on Iraq may be misconceived.

But don't blame America for not bringing peace and light to these wretched countries. How many democracies are there in the Middle East, or in the Muslim world? You can count them on the fingers of one hand - assuming you haven't had any chopped off for minor shoplifting.

I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle. But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh.


This column, published on the anniversary of the attacks, was so good, from such a surprising source, and so hard to find in the papers archives, that it came to be considered a hoax. Happily, it's genuine and someone's tracked it down to its original source. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2003 9:41 AM
Comments

The cover of today's issue would probably give you a case of whiplash.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at February 14, 2003 2:09 PM

Well, it is the Mirror. That's why people thought it must be a hoax.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2003 3:37 PM

Mr. Judd--



I usually like Mikkelson's work, but in this commentary she seemed quite a bit flip, as if she is disappointed it is not a legend.

Posted by: Buttercup at February 14, 2003 10:02 PM
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