Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tuesday Mourn

Midtown New York, recalled on a September 11th morning.

"Terrorism (takes) us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life." Jacques Chirac, speech to UN Assembly Sept. 24th 1986

"Never give in. Never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." Sir Winston Churchill

"I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." Edith Cavell, prior to her execution on October 12, 1915

Freedom is not free, but...

"war is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrows." Martin Luther King Jr.

I hope for better days ahead for this troubled rock we live on, especially today.

1 comment:

Kimberly Frost said...

For those who asked, Edith Cavell was a nurse. During WWI she helped Allied soldiers escape occupied Belgium into the neutral Netherlands. She was captured by the Germans and did not deny her crimes.

When other countries, including the United States, implored Germany not to kill her, a prominent military man said he regretted that he did not have other old English women to kill. Despite this, she never succumbed to a message of hatred.

She was executed by firing squad. Her image and name were used on war posters and did help raise sentiment against Germany. The outcome of the war is known.

I liked this quote because I think it's very easy to have animosity toward an enemy, but, after a war, the only way to a lasting peace I think is for us to lay down our anger with our weapons.

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