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  • An "Ode to America"...

    Finally...to hear good feedback from across the oceans about our country...
    This is in dedication to 09/11/2001...let's never forget it. I copy and pasted it, just as it...so the imperfections are left unedited by me to keep it original.

    An Ode to America (Editorial from a Romanian newspaper)
    by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu

    September 24, 2001

    Why are Americans so united? They don’t resemble one another even if you paint them! They speak all the languages of the world and form an extinct, others are incompatible with one another, and in matters of religious beliefs, not even God can count how many they are.

    Still, the American tragedy turned three-hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed on the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. After the first moments of panic, they raised the flag on the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a minister or the president was passing. On every occasion they started singing their traditional song: “God Bless America!”.

    Silent as a rock, I watched the charity concert broadcast on Saturday once, twice, three times, on different TV channels. There were Clint Eastwood, Willie Nelson, Robert de Niro, Julia Roberts, Cassius Clay, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Sylvester Stallone, James Wood, and many others whom no film or producers could ever bring together. The American’s solidarity spirit turned them into a choir. Actually, choir is not the word. What you could hear was the heavy artillery of Colin Powell could say without facing the risk of stumbling over words and sounds, was being heard in a great and unmistakable way in this charity concert.

    I don’t know how it happened that all this obsessive singing of America didn’t sound croaky, nationalist, or ostentatious! It made you green with envy because you weren’t able to sing for your country without running the risk of being considered chauvinist, ridiculous, or suspected of who-knows-what mean interests.

    I watched the live broadcast and the rerun of its rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who fought with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that would have killed other hundreds or thousands of people. How on earth were they able to bow before a fellow human?

    Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit which nothing can What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases which risk of sounding like commonplaces. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion.

    Only freedom can work such miracles!
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    John Stuart Mill (Look him up )

  • #2
    According to Snopes...

    Claim: A Romanian newspaper ran a stirring pro-American editorial.

    Status: True.

    Origins: Americans are pleased and fascinated when newspapers in other countries run strongly pro-American articles, as indicated by the resurgence of interest in Canadian Gordon Sinclair's 28-year-old radio broadcast and enormous attention paid to the purported Romanian editorial quoted above.

    Since the piece as presented here is undated, untitled, and unsigned; contains no publication information whatsoever; and is a translation of an article not originally printed in English, tracking it to its source was not easy. Fortunately, some helpful readers pointed us to its origins.

    This article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title "Cîntarea Americii" on September 24 in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul zilei ("The Daily Event" or "News of the Day").

    As Associated Press reported about Mr. Nistorescu:

    Nistorescu, managing director of the daily newspaper Evenimentul Zilei — News of the Day — published his editorial Sept 24, two days after watching a celebrity telethon in New York for victims of the attacks . . .

    Like his other columns, "Ode to America" was meant for domestic consumption. No one knows when — or how — the article first reached the other side of the Atlantic. But Nistorescu figures it began when someone pulled it off the English-language version of his daily's Web page and sent it to a friend.

    Since then, thousands of Americans at home and expats around the world have e-mailed it to friends, saying it captured their nation's spirit. It has been read out to U.S. soldiers and on radio talk shows and posted on U.S. Web sites.

    Nistorescu says he had no idea his "Ode to America" would resonate so far away . . .

    Nistorescu remains surprised and touched by the success of the piece, one of thousands he has penned in a more than 20-year career.

    "It is all about the American spirit and how freedom cannot be crushed," he says.


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    • #3
      GOD BLESS AMERICA :usa:
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      • #4
        Originally posted by BroncoFanCam
        According to Snopes...

        Claim: A Romanian newspaper ran a stirring pro-American editorial.

        Status: True.

        Origins: Americans are pleased and fascinated when newspapers in other countries run strongly pro-American articles, as indicated by the resurgence of interest in Canadian Gordon Sinclair's 28-year-old radio broadcast and enormous attention paid to the purported Romanian editorial quoted above.

        Since the piece as presented here is undated, untitled, and unsigned; contains no publication information whatsoever; and is a translation of an article not originally printed in English, tracking it to its source was not easy. Fortunately, some helpful readers pointed us to its origins.

        This article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title "Cîntarea Americii" on September 24 in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul zilei ("The Daily Event" or "News of the Day").

        As Associated Press reported about Mr. Nistorescu:

        Nistorescu, managing director of the daily newspaper Evenimentul Zilei — News of the Day — published his editorial Sept 24, two days after watching a celebrity telethon in New York for victims of the attacks . . .

        Like his other columns, "Ode to America" was meant for domestic consumption. No one knows when — or how — the article first reached the other side of the Atlantic. But Nistorescu figures it began when someone pulled it off the English-language version of his daily's Web page and sent it to a friend.

        Since then, thousands of Americans at home and expats around the world have e-mailed it to friends, saying it captured their nation's spirit. It has been read out to U.S. soldiers and on radio talk shows and posted on U.S. Web sites.

        Nistorescu says he had no idea his "Ode to America" would resonate so far away . . .

        Nistorescu remains surprised and touched by the success of the piece, one of thousands he has penned in a more than 20-year career.

        "It is all about the American spirit and how freedom cannot be crushed," he says.
        I'm curious as to WHY you would go so far to impugn this article.......


        You people, that head to snopes each/every time something heartening is posted are beginning to get on my last nerve...... :hammer:
        "It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
        tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of
        men."

        -- Samuel Adams

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BroncoFanCam
          According to Snopes...

          Claim: A Romanian newspaper ran a stirring pro-American editorial.

          Status: True.

          Origins: Americans are pleased and fascinated when newspapers in other countries run strongly pro-American articles, as indicated by the resurgence of interest in Canadian Gordon Sinclair's 28-year-old radio broadcast and enormous attention paid to the purported Romanian editorial quoted above.

          Since the piece as presented here is undated, untitled, and unsigned; contains no publication information whatsoever; and is a translation of an article not originally printed in English, tracking it to its source was not easy. Fortunately, some helpful readers pointed us to its origins.

          This article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title "Cîntarea Americii" on September 24 in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul zilei ("The Daily Event" or "News of the Day").

          As Associated Press reported about Mr. Nistorescu:

          Nistorescu, managing director of the daily newspaper Evenimentul Zilei — News of the Day — published his editorial Sept 24, two days after watching a celebrity telethon in New York for victims of the attacks . . .

          Like his other columns, "Ode to America" was meant for domestic consumption. No one knows when — or how — the article first reached the other side of the Atlantic. But Nistorescu figures it began when someone pulled it off the English-language version of his daily's Web page and sent it to a friend.

          Since then, thousands of Americans at home and expats around the world have e-mailed it to friends, saying it captured their nation's spirit. It has been read out to U.S. soldiers and on radio talk shows and posted on U.S. Web sites.

          Nistorescu says he had no idea his "Ode to America" would resonate so far away . . .

          Nistorescu remains surprised and touched by the success of the piece, one of thousands he has penned in a more than 20-year career.

          "It is all about the American spirit and how freedom cannot be crushed," he says.
          I'm curious as to WHY you would go so far to impugn this article.......


          You people, that head to snopes each/every time something heartening is posted are beginning to get on my last nerve...... :hammer:

          Nice find, HW......keep up the good work!
          "It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
          tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of
          men."

          -- Samuel Adams

          sigpicJacks RULE!!!!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rcsodak
            I'm curious as to WHY you would go so far to impugn this article.......


            You people, that head to snopes each/every time something heartening is posted are beginning to get on my last nerve...... :hammer:

            Nice find, HW......keep up the good work!

            Why?

            Because half of the BS that people receive in email are lies and hoaxes.

            It's nice to know for once that one of them is actually true...

            Or don't you agree?

            Or would you rather blindly believe that everything you receive to make you feel hunky dory is the God's truth, that it doesn't matter (true or not) so long as it makes you feel good...

            Talk about a sheepish mentality...


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            • #7
              Originally posted by BroncoFanCam
              Why?

              Because half of the BS that people receive in email are lies and hoaxes.

              It's nice to know for once that one of them is actually true...

              Or don't you agree?

              Or would you rather blindly believe that everything you receive to make you feel hunky dory is the God's truth, that it doesn't matter (true or not) so long as it makes you feel good...

              Talk about a sheepish mentality...

              are you saying snopes is the truth??? ...Now that is funny.

              Just the name itself "snopes" is reason enough to know it is fake. :hammer:

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              • #8
                Many a thread of mine has been discredited due to this "Snopes" fellow....

                Curse you Snopes!!!


                But lets not detract from the sentiment of the thread...

                Thanks for posting Wife...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by watchthemiddle
                  are you saying snopes is the truth??? ...Now that is funny.

                  Just the name itself "snopes" is reason enough to know it is fake. :hammer:
                  Here is an FBI link on this "Ode to America"....if this helps change your mind...

                  http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/speeches/chandler042304.htm
                  "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

                  John Stuart Mill (Look him up )

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rcsodak
                    I'm curious as to WHY you would go so far to impugn this article.......


                    You people, that head to snopes each/every time something heartening is posted are beginning to get on my last nerve...... :hammer:




                    BFC posts something that supports the validity and truthfulness of what was posted, and you think that's bad? How is that impugning? (Did I just make up a word?)

                    Considering all the fake crap on the internet, I think it's nice that this one is legit.


                    Maybe that is just me.

                    Everybody's gotta elevate from the norm...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by watchthemiddle
                      are you saying snopes is the truth??? ...Now that is funny.

                      Just the name itself "snopes" is reason enough to know it is fake. :hammer:

                      Snopes.com is actually a pretty good site. imo


                      David and Barbara Mikkelson try very hard to prove every internet legend/hoax, etc is fake. They aren't perfect, but they really scrutinize all these sorts of things.

                      In this case, they actually contacted the original author, so chances are it's legit.

                      Everybody's gotta elevate from the norm...

                      The greatest list of music I don't own on CD :sad:
                      You should check these guys out

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by watchthemiddle
                        are you saying snopes is the truth??? ...Now that is funny.

                        Just the name itself "snopes" is reason enough to know it is fake. :hammer:
                        Somebody just got told...

                        I'll let you read further into the thread to find out who... :idiot:


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                        • #13
                          Nice read HW, thanks

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                          • #14
                            Awesome post!
                            Originally posted by Soldier96B
                            i also took a crap and it was orange

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