This week I received an e-mail which included a forwarding attachment about the building of the USS New York. The attachment included a photo of the new war ship as well as the following message written in 36 point type. It only seemed appropriate that it was written in such large type, for its message was clearly to "blind" Americans. Here is the text:
USS New York
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."
The ship's motto? "Never Forget"
Truly touching until you realize that it is a message to keep the hate, violence and fear continuing. How much better a tribute to the lives destroyed since that terrible day would be a building dedicated to the advancement of peace through non-violence among all people.
USS New York
Oh yes I have heard the rebuttal to this argument over and over, the gist of which is that we have to retaliate against this "unprovoked attack" on American soil. This is where the blindness in "blind American" comes in. The reason for the attack on 9/11 was made very clear by Osama Bin Laden. It was in retaliation for our occupying troops stationed in Saudi Arabia very near the holy city of Mecca. Over a period of years since the First Gulf War, the people of the Moslem world had protested the continued presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.
According to a book entitled Blowback authored by Chalmers Johnson long before 9/11, our very own CIA was expecting such a violent "blowback" in retaliation for at least one of many international violations which had and were continuing to be made by both the U.S. military, the CIA, The World Bank and by multi-national corporations. The United States now has close to 1000 military bases throughout the world. Many if not most of these bases are regarded by the populations in the regions as a threat or occupation of their country. At the very least they are seen as an unnecessary intrusion into the lives and the governments of these regions. And not all of these countries that resent our military presence are regarded as our foes.. many we count as our friends and allies. To view the transcript from an interview with Harry Krelsler at the University of California at Berkley click here.
Please ask yourself this question: What sovereign nation would think kindly of the presence of foreign troops on their soil? Would we?
I would also urge the reader to read the book: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. For a recorded interview with John Perkins about his book go to Democracy Now.
Before blindly defending the United States foreign policy and causing more death and destruction let us take a little time to establish that we are on the moral high ground before lashing out at others.
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