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Ode to America
Cornel Nistorescu
"The Event of the Day"/ Evenimentul Zilei
( romanian newspaper)

Sunday, 23 September 2001

Why are Americans so united? They don't resemble one another even if you paint them! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations. Some of them are nearly extinct, others are incompatible with one another, and in matters of religious beliefs, not even God can count how many they are. Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart.

Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, the secret services that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed on the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. After the first moments of panic, they raised the flag on the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colours of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a minister or the president was passing. On every occasion they started singing their traditional song: "God Bless America!".

[...]
What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases which risk of sounding like commonplaces. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion. Only freedom can work such miracles!

For entire article, go here:
A Romanian newspaper ran a stirring pro-American editorial.

original link (dosen't work any more):
http://www.evenimentulzilei.ro/english/?news_id=74704

The article was used, back then, by Associated Press and
re-printed by thousands of U.S. newspapers. Most interesting- the U.S. Army have printed and distributed it among their soldiers.

...In September 2001, Romania have voluntarily offered unconditional support to U.S. forces (for example, their air planes could use the Romanian space for their night missions, flying to Afghanistan).
There were no requests for favors, from Romania, in exchange for this, comparing with Turkey (a long time NATO member) which have had requested and received ok for 6 billions dollars aid in exchange for U.S. Air Force passages and finally denied permission. Same story with France, after a long history of U.S. help (Marshall Plan after WW2) which have backed Saddam regime in their past months (but later we understand why, 30% of Sadam oil money went to France for goods bought from there, and all oil money of Iraqi regime went through a French bank all those year).
Romanian Forces fight since then, supporting U.S.troops, in their was against terrorism, both in Afghanistan and Iraq. First Romanian soldiers have died in Afghanistan earlier this year.This was, in a way, against all Romanian national traditions, their army never fight outside the country without being first attacked directly.
Thousands of young Romanian democrats have died and tens of thousands imprisoned after WW, when they have fight against communist which have taken the country (with former Soviet bakup). Many people from Romania have had much hopes (and were encouraged to think this, there were fights in the mountains among regime and Resistance, until '60's) that U.S. will save the country and Eastern Europe from communism.It didn't, the agreement with Soviet Union was made back in 1944, that Eastern Europe will stay under Soviet Union influence. Very sad that Bush is not the first idiot president in U.S. history; because of their wrong decisions, millions of innocent people have died in Eastern Europe and people still suffer there from poverty after the disaster left by communism regimes.

Romania have finally become an official member of N.A.T.O., last year.

[05/09-2004 ] Iraqis gymnasts, training in Romania
61 Iraqis athletes (gymnasts, boxing and other) are in Romania for a 10 days training session. The women gymnastic team is in Onesti city, at the Romanian National Junior team training facility; the men went to Toplita city for training.



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