A historic day for the United States & the World.

5月1日

Happy May Day to you all.  I’m sure many of you have heard President Obama’s address regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden, leader of the terrorist network al-Qaeda just a few hours ago.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank all the men and women of the armed forces who have made this day possible.  It is because of you that we live our lives with choices and freedom.  This is a historic day for America and for the rest of the world.

And while there are still many of those who despise us and believe that America is a power-hungry nation with the intent of bullying countries with our views…I am reminded of a quote by Colin Powell back in 2002 at the MTV Global Discussion where he was asked how he felt representing a country commonly perceived as “the Satan of contemporary politics.”

Many of you may have heard the shortened, dramatic and glorified version of his reply.  Here is the relevant part of his reply:¹

“[F]ar from being the Great Satan, I would say that we are the Great Protector.  We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the past century to put down oppression.  We defeated Fascism.  We defeated Communism.  We saved Europe in World War I and World War II.  We were willing to do it, glad to do it.  We went to Korea.  We went to Vietnam.  All in the interest of preserving the rights of people.  And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do?  Did we stay and conquer?  Did we say, ‘okay, we defeated Germany.  Now Germany belongs to us?  We defeated Japan, so Japan belongs to us?’  No.  What did we do?  We built them up.  We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul.  And did we ask for any land?  No, the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. And that is the kind of nation we are.”

So to those who still think we are still the “great satan,” I hope this sheds some light and changes your negative view on this great nation. 

¹ About.com

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