America: The Good Neighbor ( from a Canadian newspaper)
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.
Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars! into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles.
You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon -! not once, but several times - and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."
Stand proud, America!
By KAREN GULLO ( The Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (Sept. 12)
From broken bits of hijacked airplanes to intelligence intercepts, the FBI is collecting evidence in its search for those responsible for Tuesday's twin terrorist attacks. Officials said early evidence pointed to Saudi exile Osama bin Laden.
At the Pentagon and World Trade Center, agents sifted through the rubble.
''The FBI evidence recovery team has found parts of the fuselage outside'' the Pentagon, Fairfax County chief Michael Tamillow said Wednesday. ''As we go in we're now identifying smaller parts of the plane. Everyone is looking for the black box recorders.'' Those recorders could contain conversations from the cockpits of the doomed planes.
One investigative focus was in Florida, where agents sought search warrants amid evidence that suspected sympathizers of the accused terrorist were operating in the area, officials said.
''Everything is pointing in the direction of Osama bin Laden,'' said Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A flight manifest from one of the ill-fated flights included the name of a suspected bin Laden supporter. And U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between bin Laden supporters discussing Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, Hatch told The Associated Press.
''They have an intercept of some information that included people associated with bin Laden who acknowledged a couple of targets were hit,'' he said. Hatch declined to be more specific.
Officials cautioned it was too early to definitively assign blame but said early evidence was pointing toward bin Laden.
Ruling Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, where bin Laden is believed to be hiding, said they doubted the wealthy Arab could have been behind the attacks. Bin Laden previously has been tied to terrorist attacks against Americans overseas.
Whatever the case, each detail gathered in the hours immediately after the breathtaking devastation in New York and Washington pointed toward a carefully planned plot executed by knife-wielding hijackers to ensure the maximum casualties at two of Americas most famous landmarks.
Law enforcement officials told the AP that early evidence suggested the attackers may have studied how to operate large aircraft and targeted transcontinental flights with large fuel supplies to ensure spectacular explosions - and maximum destruction.
Thousands were believed dead in New York and Washington.
''These heinous acts of violence are an assault on the security of our nation,'' Attorney General John Ashcroft declared as thousands of federal investigators fanned out across the country pursuing leads.
''We will expend every effort and devote all the necessary resources to bring the people responsible for these acts, these crimes, to justice,'' he said.
Farewell phone calls from passengers and at least one flight attendant on the four targeted flights described a similar pattern:
hijackers working in groups of three to five, wielding knives, in some cases stabbing flight crews as they took control of the cockpit and forced the planes toward their intended targets.
One of the passengers was Barbara Olson, the wife of Solicitor General Theodore Olson, who called her husband as the hijacking was occurring. She was aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that left Washington Dulles International Airport heading for Los Angeles but which eventually crashed into the Pentagon.
Olson told her husband the attackers had used knifelike instruments to take over the plane, and forced passengers to the back.
''She called from the plane while it was being hijacked. I wish it wasn't so but it is,'' Theodore Olson said.
A father in Easton, Conn., received a similar harrowing call from his adult son, who was flying with his wife and child on a plane that left Boston and eventually crashed into the World Trade Center.
Lee Hanson told authorities his son Peter called twice in short cell phone calls that cut off. In the first call, the businessman said a flight attendant had been stabbed. In the second call, the son said his plane was going down, law enforcement officials said.
''He called to his parents' home, and so in that way they were so together in that moment,'' the Rev. Bonnie Bardot told a memorial service held Tuesday night in Easton.
A flight attendant aboard the second jetliner that struck the World Trade Center managed to call an emergency number from the back of the airplane, an American Airlines source said. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the flight attendant reported her fellow attendants had been stabbed, the cabin had been taken over and they were going down in New York.
And a San Francisco woman told KTVU-TV that her son, Mark Bingham, 31, called her from aboard United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. ''We've been taken over. There are three men that say they have a bomb,'' Alice Hoglan quoted her son as saying.
Hatch and several law enforcement officials confirmed they had linked at least one of the suspected hijackers who showed up on one of the flights' manifests to bin Laden's organization.
The FBI was seeking search warrants in Broward County in southern Florida and Daytona Beach in central Florida. A car was towed by authorities at one of those locations.
Other leads were being pursued. Authorities examined a van seized in New York for possible clues, while a car found at the Boston airport where one of the planes was hijacked reportedly contained an Arabic language flight manual.
Ashcroft briefed about 250 members of Congress late Tuesday on the progress of the investigation. Lawmakers referred repeatedly to the terrorist attacks as an act of war warranting retaliation.
''This is a war situation we're in,'' Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said, adding that Tuesday's tragedy likely would alter Americans' sense of security and lead them to forgo some freedoms for added safety in the future.
ON MONDAY... then ON TUESDAY...
On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools
On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where
someone was not praying
On Monday there were people who were trying to separate each other by race, sex, color and creed
On Tuesday they were all holding hands
On Monday we thought that we were secure
On Tuesday we learned better
On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes
On Tuesday we learned what "hero" really means
On Monday people went to work at the World Trade Centers as usual
On Tuesday they died
On Monday people were fighting about the "Ten Commandments" on government property
On Tuesday the same people all said "God help us all" while thinking "Thou shall not kill"
On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room
On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their kids
On Monday people picked up McDonalds for dinner
On Tuesday they stayed home
On Monday people were upset with their busy schedules and lack of time
On Tuesday they dropped everything and were lining up to give blood for the dying
On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses
On Tuesday, grief stricken, they sang "God Bless America"
On Monday we worried about the traffic and getting to work late
On Tuesday we worried about a planes crashing into our homes or place of business
On Monday some children had solid families
On Tuesday they were orphans
On Monday the president was going to Florida to read to children
On Tuesday he returned to Washington to protect our children
On Monday we e-mailed jokes
On Tuesday we did not
It is sadly ironic how it takes horrific events to place things into perspective. The "Attack on America" has done this. The lessons learned, the things taken for granted, the things forgotten or overlooked, will never be again.
On Monday - pray and be thankful
On Tuesday - pray and be thankful
On Wednesday - pray and be thankful
On Thursday - pray and be thankful
On Friday - pray and be thankful
On Saturday - pray and be thankful
On Sunday - pray and be thankful