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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

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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

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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

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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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