Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Should be Ashamed

Exactly nine years ago to the minute, hundreds of people were dying. Many died of burns, trauma, or smoke inhalation. Just minutes later would almost 3,000 in total be murdered by an imperialist attack by the forces of Islamist terrorism. People jumped from the Towers in order to not suffer burns any longer-- people walked stunned over the Brooklyn Bridge-- over 200 firefighters did not return home.

And few remember.

We should be ashamed of ourselves. In the days following the attacks of September 11th, 2001, some of the most parroted lines were "Lest we forget" and "Never forget." By the end of 2005 it was apparent that the majority of Americans had forgotten, or just did not care.

Think about the resolve of the 90% of Americans who stood up to call for a blistering attack on the center of Islamist terrorism. That not only meant the Taliban, but state sponsors, like Iraq, Iran, and Syria. Time had come to finally destroy those who had funded this type of murder for decades.

Do you remember how idiotic the 10% of the rest of the country looked when they opposed attacking Osama? Those people formed the core of the anti-Iraq War detractors and the Kerry '04 and Obama '08 campaigns. They are just as stupid now as they were while Ground Zero was still smoldering.

President Bush made a roaring and strong speech just nine days after the attack, showing just what we had to do. Americans were supportive of it then, when we actually remembered the attack:

We're really so concerned that three terrorists were waterboarded? We're so concerned that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the planner of the deaths of 3,000 Americans and the decapitator of Daniel Pearl, had a gunshot fired near him to scare him? I don't care. He murdered thousands of innocent people. I just don't care about him getting waterboarded, and neither should you.

We whine so much about the tools which prevented the next attack. We are disgusted by the lessons learned from the attacks.

Say what you want about George W. Bush, but he kept his promises. He promised that he wouldn't forget. He promised that he would make sure to avenge September 11th, 2001, and make sure that it would not reoccur on his watch.

He kept his word-- that is his legacy.

Originally posted September 11, 2009

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Editor said...

It's gotten too easy to forget. Who wants to remember death when Obama promises "hope" but no actual solutions?

Anonymous said...

I say treat today just like any other weekend. Business as usual. There's no better way to say "Fuck you" to crazy religious nuts who want us to scare us into cowering than to just keep on doing what we always do.

Penn and Teller - Fuck you terrorists!

Editor said...

Forgetting was the reason 9/11 happened. We forgot the original attack on the Twin Towers, we did nothing to remember the USS Cole, and because we elected a weakass leader, we're still being attacked on a regular basis, especially in the last year.

Never forget. It keeps us resolved and resolute.

And what would Penn or Teller know? They both oppose our wars on terrorism to keep us safe. Their idiots who want publicity.

Anonymous said...

It's not about forgetting. Its about not changing our ways just because of a bunch of psycho, suicide bombing, donkey-f*cking nutjobs on the other side of the world.

Editor said...

What has changed?

Sure, we're now looking behind a bush everywhere we go. We're now fighting 1.5 Wars on Terror. We have the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act. But we're still Americans, we're still free, and we're still proud to be Americans.

Reaganite Independent said...

Great post Michael, and RIGHT ON

I concur completely... it's not like we just think it's cool to be pugnacious, if you aren't ready and willing to fight your enemies just run right over you and take whatever they want- insatiable enemies don't want to be our buddy.

Anybody unaware of that has no idea how the world works... alas, with so many Dems, this is exactly the case

Maybe we should strap Bloomberg into a chair ala Clockwork Orange and have him watch 9/11 clips on a nonstop loop... if that's what it takes

Linked at RR:

WE WILL NEVER FORGET: Nine-Eleven Edition

Anonymous said...

You know what else changed? The psyche of this nation. Al Qaeda brilliantly managed to turn us all into a bunch of wide-eyed, paranoid stressballs.

If there were a hijacking tomorrow (hopefully, there won't be) everyone in America would get a heart attack. I know that's an exaggeration, but its not far off. What the hell happened to us?

America needs to harden the f*ck up. That's part of doing business as usual. No more paranoia, no more slashing the constitution in the name of safety, no more blaming people who disagree with you for all the world's ills and then some, and no more of this "i'm more patriotic than you" dick-measuring bullshit.

F*ck all those donkey f*cking terrorists (and that's not a metaphor, just look it up. Seriously). Send 'em back to the 12th century where they belong.

Anonymous said...

What a pathetic group of inbred assholes.