Tuesday, September 13, 2011

An Ode to America by Cornel Nistorescu

Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I never address politics, even remotely. But please allow me an exception in this case. September 11, 2001 was an extraordinary day on many levels. It was a symbol of madness afoot in the world. And it was a symbol of great heroism and triumph as well.

Below is an excerpt from a Romanian Newspaper, Evenimentulzilei . The article was written by Mr. Cornel Nistorescu and published under the title 'C'ntarea Americii, meaning 'Ode To America.'

I am posting it here for two reasons. The first one is obvious. The second, though, is this: This blog attracts so many people from Romania.  I wanted to share it for that reason as well, and say Thank You, Romania, for caring.

~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.

On 9/ll, 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.
stock photo : Romanian flag
Romanian Flag
      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? Imperceptibly, 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 collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.  

What on earth unites the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their history? Their economic Power? Money? 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




  1. Oh my goodness Nancy, this is so profound and very, very true. Thank you so much for posting it.
    Nicole Weaver

  2. Thank you for sharing such a profound write up.

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  3. Thanks for posting this, Nancy. It's nice to get perspective from outside the US. Just a great post.

  4. Thanks for sharing something most of us would have no idea was out there. Every word is true. He had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what his conclusion of Americans would be. And when I read "Freedom," I knew he fully understands us.

  5. I love your comments. My cousin sent me the article, and I couldn't resist using it in the blog. This gentleman from eastern Europe summed up the whole event as well or better than any I've heard or read. Viva Romania.