9/11 in 2016…
Let’s begin with the most uninspiring, insipid message imaginable from His Oneness, a man who has done far more to divide the nation than all the terrorists combined. Indeed, my observation is that one reason progressives hate mentioning terrorism is that it unites the country, while they depend on dividing it to maintain power. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have written an op-ed blasting Obama for his multitude of failures concerning terrorism. The next president will have a herculean task in undoing such disastrous policies. The list of what the nation failed to learn from the 9/11 attacks is long, but we have learned a few things.
As Gen. Jack Keane points out, most of us went on with our lives after the attack. The real cause for concern is that official government policy is now willful blindness to the threat of Islamist terrorism. This attitude reflects an astounding ignorance of both history and ideology, since 9/11 was far from the first attack on America by Muslims. In keeping with progressive ideals, the public education system seems determined to teach students to either ignore the attack, or accept that America itself, and we Americans, are to blame.
Whatever your view of President George W. Bush, he understood the threat and took steps to neutralize it. I imagine being aboard the only plane in the sky that day concentrated his mind fiercely, as the handwritten notes from his press secretary, Ari Fleischer, show. Watching the horror in real time no doubt produced a similar effect.
The Weekly Standard’s piece from September 24, 2011, is a poignant reminder of what fifteen years ago looked and felt like. As the former head of the EPA admits, the government’s own scientists were badly mistaken about the air quality at Ground Zero, and people have died because of it. I didn’t believe the rosy reports at the time, but I had logic and a knowledge of the real world on my side. Why would anyone now believe government scientists on anything else, such as global warming?
People who comprehend the threat worry about another one. New York increased security as the anniversary approached. As Melissa Clouthier aptly notes, things have changed, but where do we go from here? The answer depends on who our next president is, and on what We the People are willing to do about it. Some people will turn to the power of prayer. Others, like Hillsdale College, will hold a patriotic remembrance. The National September 11 Memorial Museum’s goal is to gather every face and weave them into the overwhelming tapestry of grief, loss, life and joy on display in the memorial gallery. A few lucky amateur photographers will capture spectacular shots such as this.
What will you do?