Saturday, November 10, 2001

Noble: American veterans, for their supreme display of the American spirit. Tomorrow marks Veterans Day, an occasion which comes with a special patriotic poignancy given the tragic events of September 11.

Veterans Day was originally established to celebrate the sacrifices of American Doughboys in World War I, who, led by Gen. Black Jack Pershing, defeated a despot whose orders sent more than 100 American civilians aboard the ocean liner Lusitania to deep, watery resting places in the Atlantic and thousands of American soldiers to shallow graves across Europe.

World War II added nearly 300,000 more names to the long line of Americans who gave their lives for the country nearly 700,000 more were wounded in action. Over 30,000 Americans were killed in the frozen snowscapes of the Korean War, 50,000 more gave their lives in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, and almost 150 perished on the baking sands of the Persian Gulf.

More than 5,000 Americans have already been killed in this war on terrorism. This is the first year since the establishment of Veterans Day, the first war in America’s history, in which civilian casualties have far exceeded those of combatants.

Announcing the re-establishment of Veterans Day in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed, “Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

Knave: Bill Clinton, for his supreme display of anti-American arrogance.

Only a member of the radical left, an individual who despises the spirit of America and who spits on the obligations of citizenship, could construe the attacks of September 11 as being caused by the actions of Americans.

Bill Clinton did just that in a speech given earlier this week at Georgetown University. During his Georgetown Jeremiad, Mr. Clinton proclaimed that even today, America is “paying a price” for its enslavement of African-Americans and its abuses of Native Americans. Perhaps Mr. Clinton forgot about the American Civil War and the price the nation paid to end the practice of slavery. Since he was so busy protesting the Vietnam War during his days at Oxford, he simply might have skipped the lecture in American history which pointed out that not only were there plenty of massacres on both sides of the Indian wars, but also that Native Americans were fairly astute at massacring one another.

Regardless of Mr. Clinton’s failed education, his statements reveal a failed American spirit. Mr. Clinton did more than simply announce his membership in the anti-American illuminati a fools’ congress of individuals who live to loathe America, but who lack the courage to leave. He effectively renounced his country, much as he renounced his responsibility as a citizen when he dodged the draft during the Vietnam War. It could not be more fitting or proper that he did so a few days before Veterans Day.

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