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Letter to Francis Scott Key
by Peter J Benson   
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Last edited: Saturday, November 05, 2011
Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2001

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A response to his question.

From: Peter J. Benson; Columbia MD To: The Right Honorable Francis Scott Key Believed to be aboard one of HM ships Baltimore, the American Colonies. Care of Admiralty House, Whitehall, London. Sir, This is in reply to your query dated September 14 1814. Let me preface my remarks with an apology for the delay in our response. I realize that some people might think that one hundred and eighty seven years delay might be excessive but I hope that you would understand the exigencies of war and uncertain means of communication might delay this missive. I have to inform you that we are still at war. You may have missed some information due to your confinement so, with your permission, allow me to enlighten you upon the current state of affairs. The Colonies are now their own nation. The French fleet that menaced our ships is now aligned with English and American navies to combat the new threat. Vigilance is still our watchword, but it is no longer between my country and yours. Instead, both England and America have become steadfast friends. The war we now fight is against unknown and faceless enemies; but we are fighting it together. And we will prevail. To return to your original question; I believe you asked, “Does that Star Spangled Banner still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” I have done extensive and exhausting searches in my endeavors to answer your query. I could expound at length but time and necessity requires a short answer. The answer, Sir, is: Yes! Respectfully yours Peter J. Benson  

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Reviewed by L. Craft - Hisayasu 9/2/2006
. . . a great writing that captured my attention and left me reflecting about the truth of it all. Thanks for writing it . . .
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/11/2003
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Max Blue (Reader) 1/1/2003
I liked it a lot, but i agree with Claywoman, some of us are more free than others. We have work to do.
Reviewed by J Michael Kearney 11/25/2002
Very well written and I share your optimism, though I think this current crisis will go on for quite a while.

It is becoming more and more clear that the rest of the world cannot peacefully coexist with Fundamentalist Islam. The recent riots in Nigeria over a Beauty Paegent deemed "offensive to Muslims" is more proof, if the unremitting attacks on Israeli civilians isn't enough.

I think Islamic Fundamentalism is a bigger movement than the West wants to think it is, though there are indeed still enough true Muslims who realize that this clash will not destroy the West, but may ultimately, if allowed to progress, destroy Islam as it now exists.

The tolerant West sees this as a crisis with certain radicals (terrorists), but Fundamentalist Muslims see it as a "Holy or Religious War. Those two views (universal tolerance and rabid intolerance) cannot exist together for very long.

Fine writing!
Reviewed by Lawrance Lux 6/23/2002
Excellent! We keep the Standard raised, as We work on the problems of life.
Reviewed by Claywoman 3/23/2002
But does it wave over "the land of the free?" Ask a Native American who lived in indenturetude until 1906, or wasn't made a citizen until 1924, ask the child ripped from their families and forced to go to a boarding school far from their reservation and family and told they were orphans. Has this actually happened? Yes, almost everyday...ask a Native...
Reviewed by Wendi 3/22/2002
This is incredible!! Not only did you think "out of the box" with the very nature of this piece, but your use of language, patriotism and backgroud was perfect! Very impressive!
Reviewed by Wendi 3/20/2002
imaginative...wish I had thought of it first! Actually, more than imaginative. A truly Celestine treasure. vls
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