Florida Newspaper Editorial

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Below is an editorial from Sunday's edition of a Florida newspaper
> in Florida's panhandle. Someone who reads this paper thought that the
> editorial was worth a wider distribution and retyped it to send out over
> Internet.
> >
> >Phil Lucas, the paper's Executive Editor, wrote this article published
> The News Herald, Panama City, Florida, Sunday April 4, 2004.
> >His e-mail address is [email protected]
> >The News Herald web site is found at http://www.newsherald.com/
> >
> >Up Against Fanaticism
> >By Phil Lucas,
> >Executive Editor,
> >Panama City New Herald
> >
> >If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and
> gender diversity but not diversity of thought, or if you think there is an
> acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages,
> and take the children, too. This piece is not for you.
> >
> >We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an
> Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims. Some readers didn't like
> >
> >Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with
> physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.
> >
> >Well, we sure don't want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we?
> >That's just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might get
> hurt.
> >
> >We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical
> >They can't get along with their neighbors on much of the planet: France,
> Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia, Somalia, etc.
> etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in which
> are not involved? Today, where there is war,there are fanatical Muslims.
> >
> >We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer
> number of them. One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are
> in now when they slaughtered more that 3,000 people, including fellow
> Muslims, in New York City.
> >
> >Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser
> who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resent the
> Crusades. Well, Madam Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving
> people, we might resent them too.
> >
> >Let's recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe, and when they reached
> sufficient numbers, they imposed their intolerant religion upon others.
> battle to their homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we
> bottled them up for 1,000 years.
> >
> >Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again.
> >Ask France. Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago
> fanatical Muslims laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our
> president announced it would be a very long war, then took the battle to
> Islamic homeland. Sound Familiar?
> >
> >Let's consider the concept of a "long war."
> >Last time it was 200 years, give or take. Anybody catch Lord of the
> Rings? You know, the good part, the part that wasn't fiction, the part
> drew us to the books and movies because it was the truest part: the
> struggle between good and evil, between freedom and enslavement, between
> individual and the state, between the celebration of life and the
> worshipping of death.
> >
> >That's the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and
> valleys.
> >
> >There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims - some live here -
> that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the million
> and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain in Eastern
> Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and Spain, or
> the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the Euphrates
> a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death.
> >
> >Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on "diversity," we are so
> nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that
> brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe we're so addled on
> Ritalin we wouldn't know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need a new
> drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us grow a
> backbone.
> >
> >It doesn't take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest,
> the fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win.
> >No exceptions.
> >
> >Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then
> look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at
> Those are the people out to kill you.
> >
> >Who do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball
> and go home and they will leave you alone? Read a little history.
> >Start with last week, last month, last year, and every other year back
> half a century.
> >Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this fight.
> >
> >Like it or not, that's the way it was and that's the way it is. But
> Americans don't get it. That's why we published those pictures.
> >
> >If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared
> children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless editors,
> then I say, it's a start.
Hot Dang a real editorial. Finally a reporter that sees the truth we are in the fight of our life.

Nuke Em before they get us.

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