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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

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