silverfox
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Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:28 am

I attach the following with no comment


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.





Translated from Portuguese (Brazil) by Olivier Hirtzlin-Pinço.
 
MD-90
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:30 am

Well gee...sorry Portugal's so envious of US freedom and power.
 
Skyway1
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 8:34 am

Counting down the time until ADG, Aviatsiya, Indianguy, and Sebolino enter this thread and attach their comments!  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

As for the article........just more empty rhetoric.

Chris
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captaingomes
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:03 am

What's the source of that letter? It's interesting that the Portuguese government supported the United States (albeit not with military support). The official Portuguese government's sentiment was that they were on the side of the United States, so I think you should all be aware of that before damning Portugal or saying something stupid like "sorry Portugal's so envious of US freedom and power."
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
 
silverfox
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:37 am

Sorry about omitting the source.
apparently its from Paulo Coelho who appaers to be a Portugeuse writer.

Oh and on a connrcted note. The satirical mag Private Eye has a page wriiten by the Vicar of StAlbion, Rev Tony Blair, there is also a piece from the Rev Dubya of the Church of the Latter Day Morons
 
MD-90
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 2:18 pm

I was being facetious. You've got to be kidding me if anything actually thinks that letter came from the Portugese government. It's just the work of some disgruntled guy who probably IS jealous of the United States.
 
advancedkid
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 2:18 pm

Sad day for democracy, freedom of speech. and public
opinion.
 
JetService
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 2:22 pm

Sad day for democracy, freedom of speech. and public opinion.

Please elaborate.
"Shaddap you!"
 
L-188
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 2:30 pm

For those that lament the failure of the UN to enforce their resolutions...I have this quote.

"Hungry men and women cannot wait for economic discussions or diplomatic meetings -- and their hunger rests heavily on the consciences of their fellow men."

JFK
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
 
Krushny
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:38 pm

Paulo Coelho is Brazilian.
 
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mighluss
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RE: Letter To Bush From Portugal

Thu Mar 20, 2003 9:50 pm

I readed in a interview to Mr. Aznar few years ago, that his favorite book was "El Alquimista" from Paulo Coelho. May he read Coelho's new written?
Miquel.

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