9/11

Two years ago today, a close friend called me and told me to turn on the television. I was horrified by what I saw- I remember going numb, and I immediately called a very special friend in Brooklyn and told her to turn on the tv and to stay home. The day went downhill from there. I know this is a political season, but I simply do not care- there will be time for politics tomorrow. Today, I am going to think about all the mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and children who lost people they love. We will never see those we lost again, we will never know what they may have done with their lives, and my world and your world will never be the same again. That is worth some reflection and remembrance, and I don’t care to talk about anything else. I just hope that those we lost are in a better place.

With that in mind, Andrew has some words that we should take to heart:

On this anniversary, the tritest thing to feel is mere grief. Not that grief isn’t justified. But grief is a natural response to unforeseen tragedy, to random events, to things beyond human control. And what happened two years ago today wasn’t merely tragedy. It was a conscious atrocity, an act of war. The free West was attacked by a pathological ideology that still holds a whole region of the world in its grip. And the very forces that tried to destroy us then are still trying to destroy us – as that grotesque videotape yesterday only underlined. Any attempt to hide that fact, minimize it, gloss over it, or complicate it into vagueness is an insult to memory.

For me the rage is still there- not an unjustified, lashing out at anything rage, but a well placed, purposeful, deserved, rage. Trite as it may be, I still feel a profound loss, a heavy sense of grief.






9 replies
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    Susan says:

    Our country was attacked on September 11, 2001. Two years have passed and my anger is still ferocious and relentless.

    We must continue to support our troops and our Commander-in-Chief for they are bearing the burden of protecting our nation.

    NEVER FORGET.

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    Tman says:

    I still feel that despite the overthrow of the two most directly responsible regimes, we still have a long way to go to avenge the murders of those from 9/11.

    I’m still filled with rage, I still am dumbfounded by the loony left “why do they hate us” bullshit. I am having trouble keeping a clear head today, and I know why…

    Tim

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    Kimmitt says:

    Wait, “two most responsible regimes”? Did the House of Sa’ud fall yesterday and I missed it? Because if you’re referring to Iraq, I can see where you’re coming from with the whole “lack of clear head” thing.

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    Tman says:

    Kimmit,

    I should have reworded the quote differently. I agree that SA and perhaps even Iran are equally if not more responsible, but I still feel Iraq and Afghanistan rank pretty high on that list.

    Tim

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    In a world in which leftist agitators call for the destruction of our society because single mothers on welfare can’t afford plasma TVs, the degree of rage appropriate to the Black Tuesday atrocities defies quantification.

    The degree of rage appropriate to the open celebration and espousal of such deeds by Muslims around the world invites comparison to nuclear events.

    The degree of rage that should respond to the condemnations of “allies” who claim that we have no cause to take up arms despite Black Tuesday should blot the Sun from the sky.

    In these times, a good American is an angry American.

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    Andrew Lazarus says:

    Could Tman please tell me why Iraq had any connection to 9/11? I’d be much more inclined to support the Iraq War (as I supported the anti-Taliban war in Afghanistan) if he could provide a shred of evidence.

    Attacking Iraq to deal with our rage over Osama bin Laden, with his Afghan, Pakistani, and Saudi connections, is like a mugging victim beating up his neighbor out of frustration.

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    Tman says:

    Saddam had much to do with 9/11 as well as other terrorist operations in the last decade.

    I still have yet to see anyone debunk the inetrview from Sabah Khodada from frontline.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/.....odada.html

    And I suppose you think that the jet fueselage was there for (ahem) “Anti terrorist training”…

    Uh huh…I remain unconvinced that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11.

    Tim

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    Remembering

    I have been trying to put my thoughts about why we should — and must — remember into words.

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    Tour of the Blogs

    This is what some were saying in their Sept. 11th posting: Babalu: An opening, a poem and a . Cut on the Bias: We Remember. Dave Trowbridge: But Bush et al are doing their best to turn the events of two years ago into an…

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  1. Tour of the Blogs

    This is what some were saying in their Sept. 11th posting: Babalu: An opening, a poem and a . Cut on the Bias: We Remember. Dave Trowbridge: But Bush et al are doing their best to turn the events of two years ago into an…

  2. Remembering

    I have been trying to put my thoughts about why we should — and must — remember into words.

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