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PAGE 8-A HOGANSVIIJ.: HOME NEWS - THURSDAY FEB. 20 2003 Seeing the Conflict I In Different Light Each week I try to bring to you some thoughts that, hopefully and prayerfully, will be a help and blessing to those of you who take the time to read. It is more obvious to me than anyone else how simple these thoughts are because there are many who have more wisdom and insight than I. This week the thoughts I share are not my own, but something that was sent me by a friend who is a missionary to our United States military. By the way, just so you will know, my missionary friend is a 20-year retired veteran of our US Air Force. These thoughts are most interesting and thought pro- yoking, especially in the most difficult days that we live in. These thoughts are not from an American, but by a British gentleman. This arti- cle was carried in the extremely liberal UK Daily Mirror and here is what it said: Over one year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of broadcasting - the mass murder of thousands, live on television. As a lesson in the pitiless cruelty of the human race September 11 was up there with Pol Pot's Mountain of Skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies stacked like garbage in the Nazi concen- tration camps. An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so utterly merciless that sure- ly th.e world could agree on one thing - nobody deserves this fate. Surely there could be con- sensus: The victims were truly innocent, the perpetra- tors truly evil. But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly seen as America's comeuppance. Incredibly anti- Americanism has increased over the last year. There has always been a simmering resentment to the-USA.in this ebunt, too loud, too rich, too full of themselves, and so much happier than Europeans - but it has become an epidemic. And it seems incredible to me. More than that, it turns my stomach. America is this country's greatest friend and our staunchest ally. We are bonded to the US by culture, language and blood. A little over half a centu- ry ago, around half a millon Americans died for our free- doms, as well as their own. Have we forgotten so soon? And exactly a year ago, thousands of ordinary men, women and children- not just Americans, but from zones of countries - were butchered by a small group of religious fanatics. Are we so quick to betray them? What touched the heart about those who died in the Twin Towers and on the planes, was that we recog- nized them. Young fathers and moth- ers, somebody's son and somebody's daughter, hus- bands, wives, and children, some unborn. And these people brought it on themselves? Their nation is to blame for their meticulously planned slaugh- ter? These days you don't have to be some dust-encrust- ed nut job in Kabul or Karachi or Finsbury Park to see America as the Great Satan. The anti American alliance is made up of self-loathing liberals who blame the Americans for every ill in the Third World, and conserva- tives suffering from power- envy, bitter that the world's only superpower can do what it likes without having to ask permission. The truth is that America has behaved with enormous restraint since September 11. Remember...remem- ber...remember...the gut- wrenching tapes of weeping men phoning their wives to say, "I love you" before they were burned alive. Remember those people leaping to their deaths from the top of burning skyscrap- ers. Remember the hundreds of firemen buried alive. Remember the smiling face of that beautiful little girl who was on one of the planes with her mum. Remember...remem- ber...And realize that America has never retaliat- ed for 9/11 in anything like the way it could have. So a few al-Quaeda tourists got locked up without a trial in Camp X-ray? Pass the Kleenex... So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up after they merrily fired their semi automatics in a sky full of American planes? A shame, but maybe next time they should stick to con- fetti. America could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot. That it didn't is a sign of strength. American voices are already being raised against attack- ing Iraq- that's what a democ- racy is for. How many in the Islamic world will have a minute's silence for the slaughtered innocents of 9/117 How many Islamic lead- ers will have the guts to say that the mass murder of 9/11 was an abomination? When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving Palestinians were dancing in the street. America watched all of that - and didn't push the button. We should thank the stars that America is the most pow- erful nation in the world. I still find it incredible that 9/11 did not provoke all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism." A real war. The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell" if America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened the gates of hell like you wouldn't believe. The US is the most mili- tarily powerful nation that ever strode the face of the earth. The campaign in Afghanistan may have been less than perfect and the planned war on Iraq may be misconceived. But don't blame America for not bringing peace and light to these wretched coun- tries. How many democracies are there in the Middle East, or in the Muslim world? You can count them on the fin- gers of one hand -- assuming you haven't had any chopped off for minor shoplifting. I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle. But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh. Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be - rich, free, strong, open, opti- mistic. Not ground down by the past, or religion, or some caste system. America is the best friend this country ever had and we should start remembering that. Or do you really think the USA is the root of all evil? Tell it to the loved ones of the men and women who leaped to their death from the burn- ing towers. Tell it to the nursing mothers whose husbands died on one of the hijacked planes, or were ripped apart in a collapsing skyscraper. And tell it to the hundreds of young widows whose hus- bands worked for the New York Fire Department. To our shame, George Bush gets a worse press than Saddam Hussein. Once we were told that Saddam gassed the Kurds, tortured his own people and set up rape-camps in Kuwait. Now we are told he likes Quality Street. Save me the orange center, Oh Mighty One! Remember...remem- ber...September 11. One of the greatest atrocities in human history was commit- ted against America. No, do more than remember. Never forget. SERIOUS FUN- The Kimberly-Clark game featured the green team against the purple. No word yet on whether any pro scouts in the audience were impressed. Benefit Basketball Game Provides Fun and Funds By FRANCES ROBINSON Kimberly-Clark Partners in Education spon- sored a basketball game last week held at the Crocker gym. It was a fun time for the old and young. Prizes were awarded to many ticket holders. These prizes were donated by Kimberly- Clark. The proceeds will buy a computer to be given away at the end of school and for playground equip- ment. Hopefully, we will have a list of players for a later paper. PURPLE TEAM cheerleaders are: back row, Mary Alford, Wanda Hall; middle row, Laurie Burkett, Renee Wynn, Tami Neese; front row, Jessica Trowbridge, Linda Hart. GREEN TEAM cheerleaders are: back row, Vonnie Hanson, Terrie Prescott and Theresa Florence; mid- dle row, Angela Sharp, Kim Hammett, Melissa Howington; front row, Lacey Cleveland, April McClurg. Class of '42 Holds Luncheon By PATTI PHILLIPS The Hogansville High School Class of 1942 held a luncheon at Piccadilly Cafeteria in Shannon Mall on Saturday, February 15. Attending were: Faye Trussell of Fairburn, Lewis, Mavis and Patti Phillips, Fannie Mae Cannon and Edna Cannon, all of Hogansville, Jenelle and Thomas McLarty of Chamblee, Geneva Roberts Everhart of Griffin and Catherine of Fayetteville, Jack and Mildred Diggs of Roswell and his sister, Jimmie Mae Raymond Zimmerman of Marietta and Andy, Beverly and Meredith Rhodes of Brooks. The group enjoys getting together for food and fellow- ship every six months. The blessing for the food was given by Fannie Mae Cannon. 'Unity Day' Planned Sunday Springfield Baptist Church, Poplar Street, Hogansville, will celebrate "Church Unity Day" on Sunday, February 23rd at 3 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Pastor Eric Jackson of Greater New Hope Baptist, Atlanta. Please make plans to join us. Rev. Joseph A. McGuire is the pastor. A William Larry Coursey April 9 1968 - February 23, 2003 William Larry (Billy) Coursey, 34, of Luthersville, died February 12 at his home. The funeral service was conduct- ed February 15 in the Chapel of the Claude A Mckibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville with the Reverend Billy Ball officiating. Interment followed in the Luthersville Cemetery. Mr. Coursey was born April 9, 1968 in Fulton County, son of Mildred Ivey Coursey and the late William Coursey. He had lived in Luthersville most of his life. 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