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Two Sides Of The American Coin... (The beginning of the "War on Terror" remembered)

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Two Sides Of The American Coin,
At A Place Called Mazar-e-Shariff

Two sides of the American coin
John Walker Lindh and Johnny Micheal Spann

One goes off In search of truth
The other goes off to defend a truth

One comes to his truth by trying to understand
The other comes to his truth by defending what he understands

Both end up at a place called Mazar-e-Shariff

One, a captive tied up on the ground
The other, a captor standing over him

Fellow Americans, brothers, young idealists

Neither understanding the other

Both, amazed at the presence of the other
Both, foolish in their zeal
Both, caught In the web of a situation they can't fully comprehend

Their destiny, to meet at a place called Mazar-e-Shariff

Representatives of their country's contradictions
Representatives of their country's confusion
Representatives of their country's karma

Fellow Americans, brothers, strangers in a strange land
Caught In a crossfire of politics, religion, and economics

One dies, a martyr to America's policies
The other Is imprisoned, also a martyr to America's policies

One Is honored as a hero
The other is hated as a traitor

In truth, they both represent the two sides of the American coin:
The seeker of truth and the defender of a truth

Fellow Americans, brothers, young idealists

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