|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
Pentagon, but you missed America. You used helpless American bodies,
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
bodies. America is about an IDEA. An idea, that you can go someplace
you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most
like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness. (No guarantees that
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
Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point.
you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But
free to SAY one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone
to agree with you. We don't agree with each other in this country,
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
the world. Another idea, we made up on the spot. You CAN make it up
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.
killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change
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
Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time. Sleep tight,
you can. We're coming.
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