Associated Retired Aviation Professionals

An email from Charles Brennan, 18 year old
An open letter to a terrorist:

Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America. You hit the 
Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless American bodies, to take 
out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed 

Why? Because of something you guys will never understand. America isn't 
about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military 
centers, America isn't about a place, America isn't even about a bunch of 
bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea, that you can go someplace where 
you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part, 
like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees that you'll 
reach it, but you can sure try!).

Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: 
"If you can not see my point, then feel my pain." This concept is alien to 
Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But 
you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're 
free to SAY one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has 
to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country, almost as 
a matter of pride. We're a collection of guys that don't agree, called 
States. We united our individual states to protect ourselves from tyranny in 
the world. Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up as you 
go, when it's your country.

You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in 
America, America lives in US! American spirit is what it's called. And 
killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most 
of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit. Until we're 
crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of 

Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time. Sleep tight, if 
you can. We're coming.
Charles Brennan

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