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Open letter to the terrorists

The Way I See It

April 28, 2013
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Well, you tried again, didn't you? This time your cowardly attempt was during one of our national festive and fun events-The Boston Marathon. In the past it was the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the USS Cole and you killed countless American lives. This time you added three more to your sad dream. But you know what?

In all these instances and all the rest of your murderous attempts, just like a poor marksman-YOU MISSED AMERICA. You still missed the United States of America.

Why? Because you think America is about buildings, streets, financial centers, military centers, marathons, ball games and anything else you can think of. America is NOT about a place or an event. It's not even about a bunch of bodies. America is an IDEA-a way of life. It's about an idea where you can be born, grow up and go anyplace you want, and earn as much as you want and for the most part live the real DREAM-The American Dream. Not your dream! Our dream.

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We, every single day, get the opportunity to seek "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We may not always get there but we can sure try. So go ahead and whine your terrorist whine and chant your terrorist whine, "If you won't see my point, then feel my pain." This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point, but you're free to have have one. We don't have to listen to your hate speech but you're free to speak it. I don't know where you get the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. Heck, look at our politics-we seldom agree with each other in this country. It's almost a matter of pride to have our opinions and then stick to them. We're a vast collection of guys and gals that don't agree. Which is why we have fifty states.

BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE--THESE FIFTY STATES ARE "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." And we are absolutely united to protect ourselves from any tyranny in the world-INCLUDING YOU!

Yea, we seem to be docile, a tad overweight, easy going goof-offs a lot of the time and this may be what the world thinks of us, but it comes from simply being free and living easy instead of the world you live in. But people seem to forget that throughout our history, we do have a tendency to arch our back and fight back like a cornered tiger when we're attacked. In the War of 1812, when England burned Washington, D.C to the ground, we raised our anger and things didn't turn out the way England thought they would. And it's not gonna turn out the way you think it will either. You're not the first bully on our shores and remember this...we were the FIRST, and so far, the only country in the world to use nuclear weapons in anger. Horrific idea, nowadays? Here's news for you cowards-it was a horrific idea back then too, but we did it anyway. Why? Because we had a war to win.

Does this tell you something about the American Resolve? It better, because we're starting to get angry once again. You guys seem incapable of understanding--WE DON'T LIVE IN AMERICA; AMERICA LIVES IN US! It's called the American Spirit. And nothing, absolutely nothing you do is ever going to change that. Most of the time we're having our own squabbles here at home and we live in a happy-go-lucky kind of spirit. BUT DON'T PUSH US OR CROSS US TOO FAR. Our spirit can and will change in a moment.

That's The Way I See It. Let me know what you think at or call me at 319-327-4640. "I'm Proud to be an American..."



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