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04-14-03, 06:58 AM
A Grateful Briton
By London Daily Mail
London Daily Mail | March 14, 2003

Dear America, your quirky mix of 280 million misfits that have
Somehow blended into the strongest nation in the world, I write to offer you
four apologies and two vows.

I, James Black, a European passport holder whose parents are
Scottish, whose wife is English, and whose four children are free to be
Whatever they may want to be (directly because of the sacrifice of your
nation), am ashamed for pointing out to a colleague while visiting your
country a few days ago that Winston Churchill was wrong when he said the
biggest difference between Britain and the United States was the fact we
both spoke the same language -- and instead, telling him that the real
difference between our peoples was actually about 100 pounds per

I, who work as a journalist with the Daily Mail, one of Britain's
national newspapers, and (directly because of the sacrifice of your
nation) is able to say exactly what he wants whenever he wants
without fear of death or imprisonment, also apologize for saying to the same
colleague that many of the Americans I met were far less
sophisticated and worldly than Europeans.

I, James Black, a man born free of social or physical shackles and
chains, who is able to travel around the world and visit other
countries and who (directly because of the sacrifice of your nation) is able
to converse, discuss, even argue with people from other nations, would
like to apologize for mocking your President and your political system.

Your President may not be the sharpest knife in the cutlery set, but
I now understand he and the good people of the United States operate
not just from a high intellectual stance, but also from the heart -- a
heart that knows the difference between good and evil. And importantly,
your president was smart enough to have picked the best to sit with him
at the world table.

I, whose friends, family and colleagues are allowed to set up home,
take a job, even run for politician, in any part of the European Union
(directly because of the sacrifice of your nation) without being
rounded up because of their religion or shot on the spot for their place of
birth would finally like to apologize for the biggest mistake the
people of my continent have ever made -- their total lack of respect for
the greatest friend they will ever have -- the United States of America.

My anger at some of my fellow Europeans is more than palpable. I
hear the self-centered, cowardly, and just plain annoying words thrown
out by old-minded -- old world -- so-called leaders of the Free World.

I may have made fun of America and Americans, but deep down I know
this is only friendly banter between the greatest of friends -- and
friends who should give their all to each other when called upon to do so.

So I, whose grandfather fought in both World Wars and had the good
to suggest the Americans were late for both events, but the sense to
point out they ensured victory when they finally did show up, make
my first vow:

I will never forget or dishonor the amazing and courageous sacrifice
of the people of the United States in coming to the aid of the world
over the past ten decades. The men and women who left peace and
prosperity in a land of plenty to face bullet and shrapnel on the beaches of
Normandy and around the World.

I will honor the debt my small island nation owes for your
unswerving devotion to aiding our continued freedom. Your help when we stood
small and alone against the plague of Nazi aggression. Your assistance in
making us strong when the battle was finished and the peace began,
and your protection from a colder enemy in the decades that followed.

I have stood, and I will stand again, with my own family, in places
such as the cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, an eternal resting place
for over 10,000 teen and twenty-something Americans who gave over ALL
their future so that I and my children could have a future today, and I
will again pledge my eternal gratitude.

I, James Black, a man who simply wants his children to live in a
future where all good and constructive things are possible, a future where
we can discover, invent, enjoy, without fear of fanatics or madmen or
the weapons and pain they may wreak, pledge my assistance to the United
States in its fight against evil.

This is not brainwashed verse, but based on the honorable history
and proven friendship the United States has with Europe.

Further, it is based on the fact that the people and leaders of the
United States have the foresight to see the world, even life itself,
as futile without someone to love, things to build and create, and
things to look forward to -- and none of these things are possible in a
world awash with nuclear, chemical and biological arms controlled by those
who despise the life we lead.

I am one person, but there are millions like me who thank the USA
and wish your nation and your people all the best over the next few
months -- and will be there by your side when the times get tough.

Yours with all my gratitude,
James Black
Wychwood Park,
Cheshire, England

P.S.: It is said that today is the tomorrow we worried about
You should be proud as a nation that you have something to do with
the fact it didn't turn out so badly after all -- nor should it again.


04-14-03, 07:05 AM
My eyes feel funny for some reason.

04-14-03, 01:34 PM
Quite a letter. The Brits are good folks .

04-14-03, 06:04 PM
It's time for Bangers and Mash followed by a good swig or two. Nice letter. Thanks for sharing it.