I have had the pleasure over the years of reading Dick Yarbrough columns in the Gwinnett Daily Post, which have all been excellent, and agreeing with him on most all things. How did he get so smart? I want to comment on the column ("Some parting thoughts on the 10th anniversary of 9/11," Sept. 17, 6A).
I think I know how the revisionists will transform the events of 9/11, much as it has already started. It will become George Bush's fault and his "misguided" war. I can hear it now. I cringe to wonder what would have happened had we not gone into Afghanistan. The Taliban, who sheltered bin Laden, and al-Qaeda, who perpetrated terrorism on America for years, were the cause of this war; not the American people or George Bush. They wanted a fight, begged for a fight, declared war on the U.S., finally slaughtered 3,000 innocent people, and Bush gave them a fight. There were no more successful terrorist attacks on American soil during the eight years of President Bush, only the one he "inherited" from the previous administration (See the 9/11 Commission Report).
To me it's disgusting that the likes of Bill Maher and Ted Turner are even allowed to be citizens here, a country they seem to despise; and I wonder what our founders would have said, had these philosophies happened in their day. They spew, and others too, their venom for the country that made them what they are. It reminds me of the hatred I heard during the Vietnam conflict. I would gladly buy them a ticket to Pyongyang, one way. I know, that's not Christian; but I have such a hard time with that turn-the-other-cheek-everytime thing.
I grew up in the '50s, and now I have a much better vision of "the good ol' days," not the "colored" water fountains or the back-of-the-bus stuff, but the other stuff: few divorces, hardly any teen pregnancies, gay meant "happy," and you didn't have to lock your cars. Kids wore their pants around their waist. You know. In this day of narcissism, the "i" phone seems so appropriate.
Thanks for publishing this letter; and maybe it will make some people think, at least those who read. There are less of those every day.