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Positive Perspective on the Attacks
President Bush, Observations On
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A Positive Perspective on the Attacks...
::::::::Mainstream media has not reported the survival rates and all the positive news about the attacks. So those of us on the net are holding the banner of Good News up high.

::::::::Here is a fresh look at the numbers coming out of New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.

The Buildings...
::::::::The World Trade Center
::::::::The twin towers of the World Trade Center were places of employment for 50,000 people. With the current missing list of 6,500 people, that means 87% of them survived the massacre. 87% is a miraculous amount!

::::::::The Pentagon
::::::::23,000 people were the target of a third plane aimed at the Pentagon.
The latest count shows 123 lost their lives. That is an amazing 99.5% survival rate.

::::::::In addition, the plane seems to have come in too low, too early, to affect a large portion of the building.

::::::::On top of that, the section that was hit was the first of five sections to undergo renovations to help protect the Pentagon from terrorist attacks. It had recently completed straightening and blast proofing, saving untold lives.

The Planes...
::::::::American Airlines Flight 77
::::::::This Boeing 757 flown into the Pentagon could have carried up to 289 people, yet only 64 were aboard.
Luckily 78% of the seats were empty.

::::::::American Airlines Flight 11
::::::::This Boeing 767 could have had up to 351 people aboard, but only carried 92.
Thankfully 74% of the seats were empty.

::::::::United Airlines Flight 175
::::::::Another Boeing 767 that could have sat 351 people only had 65 people on board. Fortunately it was 81% empty.

::::::::United Airlines Flight 93
::::::::This Boeing 757 was one of the most uplifting stories yet. The smallest flight to be hijacked with only 45 people aboard out of a possible 289 had 84% of its capacity unused. Yet these people stood up to the attackers and thwarted a fourth attempted destruction of a national landmark, saving untold numbers of lives in the process.
This was a Heroic Flight!

In Summary...
::::::::Out of potentially 74,280 Americans directly targeted 93% survived or avoided the attacks. That's a higher survival rate than heart attacks, breast cancer, kidney transplants and liver transplants - all common, survivable illnesses.

::::::::The Hijacked planes were mostly empty, the Pentagon was hit at its strongest point, the overwhelming majority of people in the World Trade Center buildings escaped, and a handful of passengers gave the ultimate sacrifice to save even more lives.

::::::::Religions of different faiths are holding services together. People are praying and speaking of world peace in proportions never seen before.  We are asking to learn and understand about our neighbors in the world.

::::::::Many people were delayed from reaching their flights and work the day of the attack.  Listen to your intuition.  God works in quiet and mysterious ways.

::::::::We have all changed and grown... Bless your loved ones and family.
>>  Mary Ellen ^I^

President  Bush, Observation On

>>This was the same man who came within a hair's breadth of losing an election in November, who withstood the political  chicanery of the Florida Democratic machine to fix the vote count.
 This was the same man who admitted to having a drinking problem in younger years, and whose happy-go-lucky lifestyle led him to mediocre grades in college and an ill-fated oil venture.
 This was the same man who mangled syntax even more than his father, and whose speaking missteps became known as "Bushisms."
 And on Friday, this was the man who bore the weight of the world and the responsibilities of a generation with dignity, class, confidence, appropriate solemnity, and even much-needed wit.
 One thing struck me during the campaign, that difficult, roller-coaster campaign that now seems years ago. It was that George W. Bush never seemed to get ruffled. Whether the theft of a campaign debate video or the sudden (some would say, vicious) release of a DUI arrest two decades ago at a key moment, "W" did not lose his cool.  At times, his staff seemed overconfident, as did many of us.  A 350-electoral-vote win, they quietly implied... and we optimistically believed.  Then they counted the votes, miscounted others, and re-counted still others.  At the end, he was still there. Whereas Al Gore almost frantically huffed and puffed, trying to gin up something out of nothing,  Bush quietly but confidently waited at his ranch.  He didn't do anything- that is the mistake people have constantly made with this man, confusing lack of bluster for absence of action.  No, his team of attorneys and the iron-willed James Baker were carrying out his orders, but W stayed in the background, confident and faithful.
 You see, it is this faith business that confounded everyone. We have had such actors and liars in public office that we have looked skeptically whenever anyone used the term faith.  But this was the same man who was the first politician ever in recent memory to name Jesus Christ as the lord of his life on public TV. Not an oblique reference to being "born-again" or having a "life change." He said the un-PC-like phrase, "Jesus Christ," to which his handlers and advisors, no doubt, off stage, were also saying, "Jesus Christ" in a much different tone.
 God has a way of honoring those who honor Him.  David learned that while he was on the run from Saul's armies. Job learned that after his time of  horrible tribulation. The Messiah said so Himself,  many times.
 So this was the man who actually put faith into practice. He actually loves those who hate him. It is a staggering concept, so foreign in daily occurrence that few thought it anything but grandstanding.  Even one of W's biggest supporters chided the President for adhering to his "new tone."  Yet there he was, again and again, thanking the Democrats.  Appointing his enemies to high places in his government.  Inviting his former foes and their wives to private movie screenings, and (I know, this is hard to stomach) even treating them with dignity.  See, this was the man who learned early on how faith worked:  by praying for his enemies, you "heap burning coals upon their heads."
 This was the man who named the absolute top people in national security and defense, then caught barbs from the politically righteous that this one didn't have the right views on abortion or that one didn't have the right position on guns.
 And on September 11, at midmorning, this was the man thrust into a position only known by Roosevelt, Churchill, Lincoln, and Washington.  The weight of the world was on his shoulders, and the responsibility of a generation was on his soul.  So this same man--the one that the media repeatedly attempted to tarnish with charges of "illegitimacy," and the one whose political opponents desperately sought to stonewall until mid-term elections--walked to his seat at the front of the National Cathedral just three days after the two most impressive symbols of American capitalism and prosperity virtually evaporated, along with, perhaps, thousands of Americans.
 As he sat down next to his wife, immediately I knew that even if his faith ever faltered, hers didn't. I have never seen a more peaceful face than Laura Bush, whose eyes seemed as though they were already gazing at the final outcome... not just of this conflict, but of her reward in Heaven itself. In this marriage, you indeed got two for the price of one.
 Then came the defining moment of our generation. Some people fondly recall their Woodstock days. Others mark with grim sadness November 22, 1963, as the day America lost her innocence.  But I firmly believe when the history of this time is written, it will be acknowledged by friend and foe alike that President George W. Bush came of age in that cathedral and lifted a nation off its knees.  It wasn't so much his words, though read a decade later, they will indeed be as stirring as any. This conflict would end, he noted, "... at a time of our choosing."  It certainly wasn't his emotion.  What had to have been one of the most stunning exhibitions of self-control in presidential history, W was able to deliver his remarks without losing either his resolve or his focus, or, more important, his confidence. It was as if God's hand, which had guided him through that sliver-thin election, now rested fully on him.
 His quiet confidence let our enemies know... and believe me, they know that they made a grave miscalculation.  Now, this same man who practiced his faith through a tough election, who steeled his convictions even more in a drawn-out Florida battle, and who never once gave in to the temptation to get in the gutter with his foes (well, ok, maybe the "Clymer" comment is an exception), this same man now lifted the weight of the world and the responsibility of a generation and put it on his modest shoulders as though it were another unpleasant duty.
 As he walked back to his seat, the camera angle was appropriate. He was virtually alone in the scene, alone in that massive place of God, just him and the Lord. But that's the way it's always been in his life recently.  In that brief time it took him to return to his seat, I believe he heard words to the effect of, "You can do this, George. I am with you always.  And you can do this well, because I am going before you. And don't worry about the weight. I've got it." And I saw in his eyes a quiet acknowledgement. "I know. Thank you,  Lord." >>

Previous Administration...
::::::::After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured 1000, President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

::::::::After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

::::::::After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

::::::::After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

::::::::After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 3 U.S. sailors, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

::::::::Maybe if Clinton had kept his promise, an estimated 6,000 people would be alive today.

An Interesting Question...
::::::::This question was raised on a Philly radio call-in show. Without casting stones, it is a legitimate question.

::::::::There are two men, both extremely wealthy. One develops relatively cheap software and gives hundreds of millions of dollars to charity. The other sponsors terrorism.

::::::::That being the case, why is it that the U.S. government has spent more money chasing down Bill Gates (over the past ten years) than Osama bin Laden?


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