“Remember Pearl Harbor”
When My Dad was a child born (1903) he would have remembered hearing,
“Remember the Maine.” The sinking of the Maine happened 1898, in Havana Harbor. The battle cry after that was, “Remember the Maine, To Hell with Spain!” It was shortened to “Remember the Maine!”
Since 1836 Americans have heard and repeated,
“Remember the Alamo”.
Texian forces fought and defeated Santa Anna under the battle cry, “Remember Goliad and Remember the Alamo!”
Texans know Goliad, most of us only remember the Alamo. Goliad was the site of a terrible massacre of over 300 Texian POW’s by Santa Anna. The prisoners thinking they were being set free, were marched outside the fort and shot at point blank range under the ‘Triplicate printed orders’ of Santa Anna. Some escaped to inform Sam Houston, therefore the heated battle cry!
Now in our lifetime we have watched in horror as the twin towers collapsed killing 2,750, A plane was taken down that was headed for the white house or our capital building by heroes aboard, that plane crashed near Shanksville, PA. While the twin tower burned a plane crashed into the Pentagon. All totaled 2,993 people were killed mostly civilians.
Then we watched an interview or tape of Osama Bin Laden smiled and claimed credit for this great victory. I screamed inside when he smiled and said, “The results were much better than we had hoped, Praise be to Allah.”
Americans began to say “Remember 9/11”.
Some folks have forgotten how they felt seeing the towers collapse and hearing this man say, “This was good!”
I haven’t forgotten. The ‘War on Terrorism’ was launched.
You may be offended by our CIA’s tactics of interrogation. You may say we use torture, please do not be upset if I defend our intelligence gathering folks. I want to say this:
Making someone ‘think’ they are drowning, is not torture.
Making someone ‘think’ you are going to execute them, is not torture.
Embarrassing someone by exposing their nudity is not torture.
Disrespecting the Koran is not torture.
Sleep deprivation is not torture.
Torture is threatening to kill a man, and doing it.
Exposing the nudity of a man and then cutting off extremities is Torture.
Dragging a man through streets, breaking his legs and his arms is torture.
Slowly cutting a man’s head off is torture. Pulling fingernails is torture. Being fed through a tree chipper feet first and coming out hamburger meat in front of your family (Saddam) is torture. Watching to see how long it takes a person to starve to death is torture. Watching a man freeze to death and measuring his blood pressure as he does, is torture. I could go on. There are much more gruesome things that have been done to Americans. If you need help, look it up.
Americans have NEVER sanctioned what is truly Torture. WE are trying to fight to prevent the repeat of 9/11.
But he did something. The Terrorists knew we meant business. Now some Americans have forgotten how you felt watching the twin towers go down. Seeing the folks breathe the dust and choke. Just remember it has not happened again.
Remember 9/11. (I haven’t begun to say what I think about torture and terrorism)
Thanks for reading.
God Bless America, God Bless our Troops.
Would your views on waterboarding change, if using it would find your child before it was tortured of killed? Would you feel different if it prevented a terrorist attack? Would you feel different if it saved your life?