Saturday, March 1, 2008

We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial about the USA.
Read this excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper.
The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title 'C'ntarea Americii, meaning ('Ode To America ') in the Romanian newspaper Evenimentulzilei

'The Daily Event' or 'News of the Day'

~An Ode to America ~

Why are Americans so united?

They would not resemble one another

even if you painted them all one color!

They speak all the languages of the world

and form an astonishing mixture

of civilizations and religious beliefs.

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, or the Secret Service

that they are only a bunch of losers.

Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts.

Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about.

Instead the Americans volunteered to donate blood

and to give a helping hand.

After the first moments of panic,

they raised their flag over the smoking ruins,

putting on T-shirts, caps and ties

in the colors of the national flag.

They placed flags on buildings and cars

as if in every place and on every car

a government official

or the president was passing.

On every occasion, they started singing:

'God Bless America!'

I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours

listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors

with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was,

or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life

fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane

from hitting a target that could have killed

other hundreds or thousands of people.

How on earth were they able

to respond united as one human being?


with every word and musical note,

the memory of some

turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes.

And with every phone call,

millions and millions of dollars

were put into a collection aimed at rewarding

not a man or a family, but a spirit,

which no money can buy.

What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way?

Their land?

Their history?

Their economic Power?


I tried for hours to find an answer,

humming songs and murmuring phrases

with the risk of sounding commonplace,

I thought things over,

I reached but only one conclusion...

Only freedom can work such miracles.

Cornel Nistorescu

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