Last Faint Hope
|Seven Ways To Tell the Difference Between
the US Government and the Terrorists
Author Unknown. Forwarded by John; Scotts Valley, California
Terrorists: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family.
US Government: Supposed leader is the spoiled son of a powerful politician, from extremely wealthy oil family.
Terrorists: Leader has declared a holy war ('Jihad') against his 'enemies'; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified.
US Government: Leader has declared a holy war ('Crusade') against his 'enemies'; believes any nation not with him is against him; believes god is on his side, and that any means are justified.
Terrorists: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers.
US Government: Supported by extreme fundamentalist religious leaders who preach hatred, intolerance, subjugation of women, and persecution of non-believers.
Terrorists: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election.
US Government: Leadership was not elected by a majority of the people in a free and fair democratic election.
Terrorists: Kill thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings.
US Government: Kills (tens of) thousands of innocent civilians, some of them children, in cold blooded bombings.
Terrorists: Operate through clandestine organization (al Qaeda) with agents in many countries; use bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics.
US Government: Operates through clandestine organization (CIA) with agents in many countries; uses bombing, assassination, other terrorist tactics.
Terrorists: Use war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties.
US Government: Uses war as pretext to clamp down on dissent and undermine civil liberties.
Remember folks — Truth is the first casualty in times of war. Peace.
|Letters to the Editor
The following e-mail message from Australia was forwarded to me by Carolyn.
I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent, assaults are up 8.6 percent, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent!) In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!) While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian society of guns." You won't see this data on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the state Assembly disseminting this information. The Australian experience proves it. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note Americans, before it's to late!
Please forward to everyone on your email list! Don't be a member of the silent majority and let the vocal minority let this happen in the U.S.
— Ed Chenel, a police officer in Australia
Wow Sam. I think this is one of your best issues [October 2001]. Especially your opening article [Holy War is a Contradiction in Terms] that says Bush should practice what he preaches. I totally agree with you. Is there a way we can get a copy of the Frontiersman in the hands of the Bush administration?
Thanks, and keep up the good work!
— Tom; Redwood Shores, California
Please feel free to send him a copy.
The following message was in response to rumors that the U.S. government knew in advance that the September 11 attacks were going to happen, and intentionally didn't interfere.
I did some research and discovered that it is typical behavior for the intelligence agency of the government of the USA to ignore intelligence from foreign sources. The references go back to World War Two where the attack on Pearl Harbor was twice announced by the Chinese intelligence agency after they broke the Japanese encryption. Personally, I believe the worst. Then, as now, the intelligence agency of the USA used the attack to get popular support for what would otherwise be an unpopular war instead of preventing the attack from happening in the first place.
— Sir James the Bold
One of the advantages of being as old as I am is that I remember times when our government withheld information and lied to us to achieve policy aims. Watergate, the Gulf of Tonkin, Iran-Contra (drugs for arms), WACO, etc. are a few instances of half truths told to us. So, for me, the proclamations of officials are not enough for me to send my sons to battle ... or promote sending my neighbors' children to do the bleeding and dying.
Whoever is responsible for the WTC tragedy, (and the evidence must be more than proclamations from officials) they need to be brought to justice. Killing innocent people en route to achieving this goal is not justice, but politics that cuts against the very soul of what makes America the greatest country in the world.
It is not only those who will "line up when told where to go" by government officials that defines patriotism. Dissent is as American as apple pie ... our country was born from it.
I received the following sage advice on September 25.
If you bought $1000 worth of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49. If you bought $1000 worth of Budweiser (the beer, not the stock) one year ago, drank all the beer, and traded in the cans for the nickel deposit, you would have $79. My advice to you is to start drinking heavily and recycle.
— Steve; Fremont, California
The President has asked that we unite for a common cause. Since the hard-line Islamic men cannot tolerate female nudity, and consider it a sin to see a woman naked who is not their wife, tonight at 7:00, all women in the United States are asked to strip and run naked through the streets. This should send all potential terrorists into shock and will assist the authorities with their identification. The United States appreciates your efforts, and applauds your cooperation.
God bless America!
— author unknown
Forwarded by Steve; Fremont, California
At last! Anti-terrorist measures that I LIKE!
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
What do you think of Sheep May Safely Graze, by Bach?
— Music Lover
Dear Music Lover
Well, I've never heard of Bach, don't even know where it is, but I guess it's nice that sheep can graze there. I'm a cattle man, myself.
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