OFFTOPIC & FLAMEFREE RE: [CONLANG] America's unfolding history
|From:||And Rosta <a.rosta@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 15, 2001, 3:09|
Douglas Koller writes:
> Mario wrote:
> >As one whose aunt is still missing, I feel that the strong emotions that have
> >been on this list are justified in many respects. Whatever the US
> decides to
> >do we will still be condemed for doing it regardless of whether we're in the
> >right or not. The problem is that the US is always blamed and never thanked.
> >I recieved this article that points this out.
> Ray (of the UK) expressed his thanks, and that's enough for me.
> Surely he is not a lone voice in the wilderness.
Given that Doug values Ray's expression of his sentiments and given that in
these emotionally fraught times we have license to stray from linguistic
topics, let me say that in Britain, and, I see from the television news,
the rest of Europe, there is indeed the great anxiety about US foreign
policy in the Middle East that James expresses (as there is within the
US itself, too), but there is also towards the US a profound sense of
love, gratitude, admiration, fraternity and shared grief.
Unfortunately, the inestimable virtues and friendship of the US are so
much taken for granted in Europe that an inordinately large proportion
of Europeans think only to carp at, criticize and condemn the US. But
this week has assuredly shaken Europe out of this unconscionable and
inexcusable complacency and forced it to strive to articulate these
deeper and better attitudes towards America.
Speaking personally, never a week goes by without me feeling grateful
to and for America for one thing or another, including most of my favourite
things, such as -- freedom from tyranny, - the survival of some portions of
my family, - _Friends_, - PCs, - the internet, - almost all of the best work
in linguistics, - Lojban, - and, most emphatically, many individuals,
inspiringly humane people and friends, some of whom I met on this list.
And to those who may feel aggrieved at the political and offtopic
nature of this message: surely you will excuse it as doing, under
current circumstances, less harm than good?