silence (to all of our troops and vets)

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  1. dent60

    dent60 New Member

    The Sound of Silence

    When in
    England at a fairly large conference,
    Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of
    Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an
    example of 'empire building' by George Bush. He
    answered by saying, "Over the years, the United
    States has sent many of its fine young men and women
    into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our
    borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked
    for in return is enough to bury those that did not

    It became very quiet in the room.

    Then there was a conference in
    France where a
    number of international engineers were taking part,
    including French and American. During a break one of the
    French engineers came back into the room saying
    "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done?
    He has sent an aircraft carrier to
    Indonesia to help the sunami
    victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?"

    A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:
    "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can
    treat several hundred people; they are nuclear
    powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
    shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with
    the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day,
    they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh
    water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
    dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims
    and injured to and from their flight deck. We have
    eleven such ships; how many does
    France have?"

    Once again, dead silence.

    A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval
    conference that included Admirals from the
    U.S. ,
    English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At
    a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with
    a large group of Officers that included personnel
    from most o f those countries. Everyone was chatting
    away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
    French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas
    Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn
    only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always
    have to speak English in these conferences rather than
    speaking French?'

    Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied
    'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies
    and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to
    speak German.

    You could have heard a pin drop
    The Sound of Silence