Time To Wake Up - America

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Westy, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. Westy

    Westy New Member

    Feb 14, 2004
    The Boston Mountiams
    Not very long, but very informative.
    You have to read the catalogue of events in this brief piece.
    Then, ask yourself how anyone can take the position
    that all we have to do is bring our troops home from Iraq,
    sit back, re-set the snooze alarm, go back to sleep,
    and no one will ever bother us again.
    In case you missed it, World War III began in November 1979...
    that alarm has been ringing for years.

    U.S. Navy Captain Ouimette is the Executive Officer at Naval Air Station,
    Pensacola, Florida. Here is a copy of the speech he gave last month.
    It is an accurate account of why we are in so much trouble today and why
    this action is so necessary:


    That's what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001
    (When more than 3,000 Americans were killed) and maybe it was,
    but I think it should have been "Get Out of Bed!"
    In fact, I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979
    and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll over
    for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.

    It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a
    religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students
    attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most
    powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency.
    The attack on this sovereign U. S. embassy set the stage
    for events to follow for the next 23 years.

    America was still reeling from the aftermath of the Vietnam experience
    and had a serious threat from the Soviet Union when then, President Carter,
    had to do something. He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert.
    The ill-fated mission ended in ruin,
    but stood as a symbol of America's inability to deal with terrorism.

    America's military had been decimated and downsized/right sized since the
    end of the Vietnam War. A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly
    organized military was called on
    to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start.

    Shortly after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and
    killed throughout the Middle East. America could do little to protect
    her citizens living and working abroad.
    The attacks against US soil continued.

    In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven
    into the US Embassy compound in Beirut.
    When it explodes, it kills 63 people.

    The alarm went off again ...
    and America hit the Snooze Button once more.

    Then just six short months later a large truck heavily laden down with
    over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and 241 US servicemen are killed.
    America mourns her dead and hit the Snooze Button once more.

    Two months later in December 1983, another truck loaded with explosives
    is driven into the US Embassy in Kuwait, and America continues her slumber.

    The following year, in September 1984, another van was driven
    into the gate of the US Embassy in Beirut and America slept.

    Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe.
    In April 1985 a bomb explodes in a restaurant
    frequented by US soldiers in Madrid.

    Then in August a Volkswagen loaded with explosives is driven into the
    main gate of the US Air Force Base at Rhein-Main,
    22 are killed and the snooze alarm is buzzing louder and louder
    as US interests are continually attacked.

    Fifty-nine days later a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked
    and we watched ...
    as an American in a wheelchair
    is singled out of the passenger
    list and executed.

    The terrorists then shift their tactics to bombing civilian airliners
    when they bomb TWA Flight 840 in April of 1986 that killed 4 and the most
    tragic bombing,
    Pan Am Flight 103
    over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 259.

    Clinton treated these terrorist acts as crimes;
    in fact we are still trying to bring these people to trial.
    These are acts of war!
    The wake up alarm is getting louder and louder.

    The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America.
    In January 1993, two CIA agents are shot and killed
    as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

    The following month, February 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested
    after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground
    parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people
    are killed and over 1000 are injured.
    Still this is a crime and not an act of war?

    The Snooze alarm is depressed again.

    Then in November 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killing seven service men and women.

    A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35
    yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
    It destroys the Khobar Towers, a US Air Force barracks,
    killing 19 and injuring over 500.
    The terrorists are getting braver and smarter
    as they see that America does not respond decisively.

    They move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack
    on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
    These attacks were planned with precision.

    They kill 224. America responds with cruise missile attacks
    and goes back to sleep.

    The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12
    October 2000, when a small craft pulled along side the ship and exploded
    killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war,
    but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime and went back to sleep.

    And of course you know the events of 11 September 2001.
    Most Americans think this was the first attack
    against US soil or in America.
    How wrong they are.
    America has been under a constant attack since 1979
    and we chose to hit the snooze alarm and roll over and go back to sleep.

    In the news lately we have seen lots of finger pointing from every high
    officials in government over what they knew and what they didn't know.
    But if you've read the papers and paid a little attention I think you can see
    exactly what they knew.
    You don't have to be in the FBI or CIA or on the
    National Security Council to see the pattern
    that has been developing since 1979.

    The President is right on when he says we are engaged in a war.
    I think we have been in a war for the past 23 years
    and it will continue until we as a people decide enough is enough.

    America needs to "Get out of Bed" and act decisively now.
    America has been changed forever.
    We have to be ready to pay the price
    and make the sacrifice to ensure our way of life continues.
    We cannot afford to keep hitting the snooze button
    again and again and roll over and go back to sleep.

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto said
    "...it seems all we have done is awakened a sleeping giant."
    This is the message we need to disseminate to terrorists around the world.

    This is not a political thing to be hashed over in an election year this
    is an AMERICAN thing. This is about our Freedom and the Freedom of our
    children in years to come.

    Please forward this to as many people as you can especially to the young
    people and all those who dozed off in history class
    and who seem so quick to protest such a necessary military action.

    Time to wake up !!
  2. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    We must be ever vigilant and never let down our guard.

    Welcome to TFF, Westy! :)
  3. Remington597

    Remington597 Former Guest

    Feb 24, 2004
    Welcome to TFF Westy. Its a nice thread.
  4. muley

    muley New Member

    Aug 5, 2004
    Far North Cal
    Very good and I'm passing it on to everyone......thanks.
  5. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Welcome to TFF Westy!
  6. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    Glad to see you here at TFF. Please stay with us and post often.

    This is a good read and a reminder that we should always be on our guard and ever vigilant.

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