Posts Tagged ‘9/11’
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?
This is spooky, but considering the horror and carnage which took place there on 9/11, I would be more surprised if nothing showed up. Most people are unwilling to express any belief in ghostly happenings, but I’m not one of them. I believe some places hold such strong pools of emotion from events that all sorts of strange things go on. Many battlefields present ghostly figures, sounds of war, and palpable airs of sadness or fear. I have met people who have seen Union and Confederate soldiers at Gettysburg, and felt myself the weight of sorrow which permeates Scotland’s Culloden Battlefield. Decide for yourselves.
If you don’t remember this Budweiser ad, shown only once during the 2002 Super Bowl, remind yourself. If you don’t think you’ll make it to the memorial museum, here’s a look at some of the art in its collection. There are other sorts of treasures not at the museum.
Do you remember the two combat pilots in the air on 9/11 who were essentially given a suicide mission and went anyway? Other heroes brought down another plane at the cost of their own lives. There were other brave souls as well.
Did you turn away from the few scenes American TV showed of Muslims celebrating the terrorist act? Then it’s past time for you to realize that 9/11 was about Islam, whether His Oneness is willing to admit it or not. Islamic terror is more like 13 centuries old, not 13 years. Are we safer now than we were September 10, 2001? In some respects, we probably are. In others, not so much. Norman Ornstein brings up the matter of presidential succession.
His Oneness has changed a day of remembrance into a day of service, lest We the People attach an unhealthy interpretation and importance to it, but I doubt that stuffing backpacks for a group named KaBoom! provided the best optics available.
George Washington University is supposed to be a pretty good college, but it evidently does a poor job of teaching history and current events. While 29 out of 30 students could name at least one celebrity in the nude photo hacking scandal, only 6 recognized this week as the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America.
Hello, parents! Do you think you are receiving good value from the more than $48,000 you pay in tuition every year for your child?
The Million Muslim March was a complete bust, with only a handful of participants, equaled by a group of Christians nearby. The bikers did far better, apparently getting about half of their goal, and unlike the victims whining victimhood, they were about remembrance and sacrifice, and the ordinary people who stepped up that day.
Debra Burlingame, sister of hero pilot Chic Burlingame, went from liberal to conservative. She has found peace on a different path than one of the eyewitnesses. Esquire magazine cared so little that it botched its coverage with a grotesquely misplaced caption. The Massachusetts Port Authority cared so little that it conducted an unannounced fire drill at Logan Airport, where two of the hijacked planes departed from. Logan.
Since we have former congressman Ron Paul blaming 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy, it seems that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is correct to question whether we have learned the proper lessons from 9/11. David French certainly thinks not, and the federal government has not. We are still a target for terrorists, though whether Capitol Hill is or was is still a matter of dispute. There are still things to be discovered. If you can bear an informative look back, check out National Review’s archives.
Not the great Winston, but Ward, whose advanced degrees didn’t keep him from plagiarizing, lying and generally being a prime example of far-left academia. I will regard it as a great day when no one remembers this poseur’s name.