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    Thank you, President Bush
    By, Paulo Coelho, March 11, 2003

    From the world's most popular novelist,
    Paulo Coelho, an open letter of praise for President Bush.


    Thank you, great leader George W. Bush.

    Thank you for showing everyone what a danger Saddam Hussein represents. Many of us might otherwise have forgotten that he used chemical weapons against his own people, against the Kurds and against the Iranians. Hussein is a bloodthirsty dictator and one of the clearest expressions of evil in today’s world.

    But this is not my only reason for thanking you. During the first two months of 2003, you have shown the world a great many other important things and, therefore, deserve my gratitude.

    So, remembering a poem I learned as a child, I want to say thank you.

    Thank you for showing everyone that the Turkish people and their parliament are not for sale, not even for 26 billion dollars.

    Thank you for revealing to the world the gulf that exists between the decisions made by those in power and the wishes of the people. Thank you for making it clear that neither José María Aznar nor Tony Blair give the slightest weight to or show the slightest respect for the votes they received. Aznar is perfectly capable of ignoring the fact that 90% of Spaniards are against the war, and Blair is unmoved by the largest public demonstration to take place in England in the last thirty years.

    Thank you for making it necessary for Tony Blair to go to the British parliament with a fabricated dossier written by a student ten years ago, and present this as ‘damning evidence collected by the British Secret Service’.

    Thank you for allowing Colin Powell to make a complete fool of himself by showing the UN Security Council photos which, one week later, were publicly challenged by Hans Blix, the chief weapons inspector in Iraq.

    Thank you for adopting your current position and thus ensuring that, at the plenary session, the French foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin’s anti-war speech was greeted with applause – something, as far as I know, that has only happened once before in the history of the UN, following a speech by Nelson Mandela.

    Thank you too, because, after all your efforts to promote war, the normally divided Arab nations were, for the first time, at their meeting in Cairo during the last week in February, unanimous in their condemnation of any invasion.

    Thank you for your rhetoric stating that ‘the UN now has a chance to demonstrate its relevance’, a statement which made even the most reluctant countries take up a position opposing any attack on Iraq.

    Thank you for your foreign policy which provoked the British foreign secretary, Jack Straw, into declaring that in the 21st century, ‘a war can have a moral justification’, thus causing him to lose all credibility.

    Thank you for trying to divide a Europe that is currently struggling for unification; this was a warning that will not go unheeded.

    Thank you for having achieved something that very few have so far managed to do in this century: the bringing together of millions of people on all continents to fight for the same idea, even though that idea is opposed to yours.

    Thank you for making us feel once more that though our words may not be heard, they are at least spoken – this will make us stronger in the future.

    Thank you for ignoring us, for marginalising all those who oppose your decision, because the future of the Earth belongs to the excluded.

    Thank you, because, without you, we would not have realised our own ability to mobilise. It may serve no purpose this time, but it will doubtless be useful later on.

    Now that there seems no way of silencing the drums of war, I would like to say, as an ancient European king said to an invader: ‘May your morning be a beautiful one, may the sun shine on your soldiers’ armour, for in the afternoon, I will defeat you.’

    Thank you for allowing us – an army of anonymous people filling the streets in an attempt to stop a process that is already underway – to know what it feels like to be powerless and to learn to grapple with that feeling and transform it.

    So, enjoy your morning and whatever glory it may yet bring you.

    Thank you for not listening to us and not taking us seriously, but know that we are listening to you and that we will not forget your words.

    Thank you, great leader George W. Bush.

    Thank you very much.
    Andy

  • #2
    Isn't there another thread with the same letter somewhere on this forum, I remember posting on it. Oh well. I'll post again!

    I love the Coehlo's sarcasm. Too bad Bush doesn't realise that the Coehlo is insulting him.

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    • #3
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      Thanks terrorists for killing thousands of my fellow brothers, and sisters on Sept. 11.

      They are gone, but never forgotten.
      Cory Klimko
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      • #4
        It was indeed posted before, by me, but still I like reading it again. IT IS SO TRUE, but no one, especially not our friends from the US, belive it.

        BTW, insulting GWB is not a crime, it is a sport. He's been kicking our a... for too long now.

        Regards,
        Peter

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        • #5
          Sorry. I didn't know this letter had been posted before.
          The like the way the letter is written. For some thing we should really thank GWB.
          I don't believe that Blair and Aznar will be reelected. The oposition in their countries is too big. I hpoe that GWB will won't be reelected either. But that's not sure now.
          Andy

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          • #6
            True, I can only hope that the Americans at long last will get reasonable and not elect this president again. But as you say, Andy, right now they seem to follow him blindfoldedly.

            Regards,
            Peter

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            • #7
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              Frankly aerpix, and hear me out, I believe you expect everybody in this forum to believe in the same morals as you yourself do. This is not true, people have different opinions, and feelings about this matter. Everybody here feels differently, you should use that towards your advantage, not the other way

              You are very opinionated, which isn't bad, but really shows that you believe everything you say is right, I know pretty well that is wrong.

              Also let me say, we follow him blindfoldedly? That's not true, what do you want us to do, raise fits on the street and protest a war that has been going on for some time now? If we are so blindfolded, please help me see
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              • #8
                IMO this is a very weak letter

                and Blair is unmoved by the largest public demonstration to take place in England in the last thirty years.
                But the majority of people in the UK support this war.
                Thank you for making it necessary for Tony Blair to go to the British parliament with a fabricated dossier written by a student ten years ago, and present this as ‘damning evidence collected by the British Secret Service’.
                Clearly specualtion, no fact presented here.
                Thank you for allowing Colin Powell to make a complete fool of himself by showing the UN Security Council photos which, one week later, were publicly challenged by Hans Blix, the chief weapons inspector in Iraq.
                And in a few days, (or weeks) Hans Blix will make a complete fool of himself when the WMDs are found or confirmed.
                Thank you too, because, after all your efforts to promote war, the normally divided Arab nations were, for the first time, at their meeting in Cairo during the last week in February, unanimous in their condemnation of any invasion.
                Who cares, this war isn't about them. We are the ones in danger, not them.
                Thank you for your rhetoric stating that ‘the UN now has a chance to demonstrate its relevance’, a statement which made even the most reluctant countries take up a position opposing any attack on Iraq.
                As I recall we have more than 40 countries, The only reason the UN didn't help us is because of certain members such as France and Russia with economic interest in Iraq.
                Thank you for trying to divide a Europe that is currently struggling for unification; this was a warning that will not go unheeded.
                Again, who cares. If Europeans are going to allow themselves to divide over a reason like this, then let them. They are Europe, we are the USA.
                Thank you for having achieved something that very few have so far managed to do in this century: the bringing together of millions of people on all continents to fight for the same idea, even though that idea is opposed to yours.
                Again, this is not about them. Their countries are not in danger, so why would they support war. 90% of the war protesters are not opposed to war for any valid reason other than their blind hate for Bush and the USA.
                Thank you for making us feel once more that though our words may not be heard, they are at least spoken – this will make us stronger in the future.

                Thank you for ignoring us, for marginalising all those who oppose your decision, because the future of the Earth belongs to the excluded.

                Well, the voice of Americans has been heard. When 70%+ support war, this statement contradicts itself.
                Thank you for allowing us – an army of anonymous people filling the streets in an attempt to stop a process that is already underway – to know what it feels like to be powerless and to learn to grapple with that feeling and transform it.
                Your welcome, you are certainly not in the majority.
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                • #9
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                  • #10
                    Herpa 2003, if you don't give more on (and understand of) world politics, then you should just shut up and stay home. Your statements are just one big offence to all Arabs, Europeans and peace lovers. It is the statement of an arrogant citizen of an arrogant nation, which thinks it is the greatest on this planet.

                    Thank God, 'think being' and 'really being' are two entirely different things!

                    Regards,
                    Peter

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                    • #11
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                      Your going to say he's the arrogent one? Give me a break Aerpix, your the arrogent one, you nance around the forums all day, when someone, just one person post a pro-war post, you push them down, below the ranks of yourslef. You obviously have to get out more Aerpix, try to realize that your not always right, people sometimes know what their talking about, this time it was Herpa.
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                      • #12
                        Hey thanks DeltaCappy

                        Aerpix- your statements are "one big offence" to all Americans, calling us an "arrogant nation," grow up. And when our soldiers get killed, you just say "They get what they deserve." You are just one more Anti-American Bush basher, who will always try to deface Bush and our country, no matter what we do. America DOES do good in this world, and if you would like me to think highly of you, I would suggest that you find one GOOD thing that Bush and the USA did and post in in this thread for all to see. If you don't, thats fine, I will just regard you as one more Anti-American.
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                        • #13
                          Who cares about the Arabs? That's some pretty dangerous ground you're entering there. Such attitudes and actions with that mentality in mind have led to much anti-American extremist activities. Now you may say, who cares, we can wipe them out. But wouldn't you rather avert the problem by denying the extremists a reason to strike before innocents are killed and another war must be started?

                          I sincerely hope that Bush listens to what the people of Iraq wants and does not install a staunchly pro-American government which may not be so popular with the public just for America's own benefit. Such has backfired before in other countries. Remember, just because the Iraqis are jubilant at the toppling of Saddam and most are benevolently greeting the Americans, it doesn't mean that the friendship with the Iraqis is sealed. Things can turn around in a remarkably short period of time.

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                          • #14
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                            I guess time will tell then. Everything up to that, is just speculation.
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                            • #15
                              Yes, we'll see. Right now I am optimistic that the right thing will be done.

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