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Tricolor180 November 13, 2015

Vive la France et les Français.

Freedom Tower, NYC 2015

The 1776 foot high Freedom Tower, July 2015, an appropriate response to Radical Islamic terrorism.

 

 

 

Freedom Square, NYC July 2015 - From the Ashes the Phoenix rises stronger than ever.

Freedom Square, NYC July 2015 – From the Ashes, the Phoenix rises stronger than ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon Solidarité

Amazon.com’s Tribute to France, 11/13/2015

 

Today, November 15, 2015 – the French Air Force has made their appropriate response to Radical Islamic terrorism.

This is mine.

9/11 photos of those who died

The people whose lives were lost on 9/11 will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

Maasai People's Gift

From just a few of our friends.

 

 

 

Remembrance Pool

One of the Remembrance Pools in the footprint of the Twin Towers, Freedom Square, Ground Zero, NYC July 2015

 

 

 

 

The final words of those who were killed by jihadi cowards were of love for their friends and families. I honor them and the memory of their heroism by remembering, and calling out those who know what was done and who among them are committing these crimes but do nothing.

 

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” — Edmund Burke

 

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I have always been a political and social activist.  Therefore, at the risk of distressing any of you, I must express my objection to any intervention in the Civil War in Syria. As was the case in Iraq, the evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction is suspect.

In my opinion, there are as many who claim against the rebels as claim against the Syrian government. To attack Syria is to declare war. Syria was a stable, secular Middle Eastern government until anti-government sentiments were stoked by outside forces.

I believe destabilizing the Middle East is the agenda of special interest groups, the arms industry and private corporations, not the American people nor, in fact, the Syrian people.

No matter how precise the massive assaults planned are, there will be collateral damage. The result of any attack will be devastating and have disastrous effects on the country and its ancient civilization for decades to come. The religious demographics are 10% of the Syrian population is Christian; 13% is Shia Muslim; 60% is Sunni Muslim; the remaining 18% of the people of Syria are minorities of various religious persuasions. Who among these will be killed? You, as well as I, know the answer.

I believe the government of the United States is about to make the same mistake made at the beginning of the war in Vietnam and Iraq. If they do this against the will of the people, they are acting unconstitutionally. I have now contacted my Congressional representatives to express my opposition to any action against the Syrian people.

In my opinion, the government of the United States has been interfering in the Middle East at the behest of special interest groups, the arms industry, the private corporations, to name but a few. As a Dutch veteran of World War II once told me, ‘There will never be peace in the Middle East.’ So be it. But that situation is not our concern. That is for the countries of the Middle East to address. I believe that interference from the US government prolongs the agony for all concerned.

I believe, if the US government continues its penchant for policing the world, there will ultimately be no winners. The problems facing the USA are myriad. The needs of the American citizens would be better served by a government that is concerned for the prosperity and welfare of their own citizens.

I do not believe that our prosperity and welfare are in anyway linked to the destruction of other sovereign nations nor the systemic destruction of our Constitutional liberties. Until the government of the United States stops its war on American citizens, I will oppose these acts of terrorism inflicted on us by this government.

“Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” — Benjamin Franklin

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11 September 2001: 1:45PM: On the road between Alltyblaca and Cribyn, just where the road curves and dips into a wooded glen, I am crying. For no reason. This has happened before and will happen a few years later, but today, I am overwhelmed with sorrow and desolation.

When I reach my office at Theatr Felinfach a few minutes later, I head for the Reproduction Unit to collect the programs for that evening’s performance. Roy greets me with “Have you seen what’s happening in New York?” He is watching his TV in his office cubicle. I turn my head and see the Twin Towers as chimney stacks. I know what this is. I have no doubt. The news commentators are speculating. I know what this is.

I still have work to do. During the remainder of the time between my arrival and the performance, I stand in Roy’s office, watching, transfixed and horrified by the thought that anyone could possibly be so evil.

The chairwoman of my Board of Trustees asks if I have family in New York, do I want to call them? I have family in Connecticut and Maine. They don’t work in New York. I have a friend in the Chrysler Building and I don’t think of her then. I think of those people who are dying, about to die, knowing they will die and they phone their families to tell them that they love them. They send messages of love in the last moments of their lives.

That is the memory I hold in my heart about this day ten years ago.

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