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9/11/2004


The blogsphere remembers

Bill Roggio from The Fourth Rail tells his story from that day and reminds us...

“We should be as angry today as we were when we first witnessed the horrors of 9-11. It should burn in us, it should motivate us to right these wrongs. Anger can be a very powerful motivator, but we must take care and not direct it to hatred. “

Dave from The Common Sense Chronicles links to a video showing the second tower being hit. It still hits me hard when I watch it. Thanks Dave for the banner (pictured left) as well.

Glenn Reynolds - ”I WASN'T HAPPY with the photos the MSNBC folks ran with my September 11 post over at GlennReynolds.com, so I asked them to make some changes. They did, and now there's an excellent slideshow and video links.

Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities does a great photo montage of the evil we are up against.

Last year Spoons documented his 9/11 experience. His reaction parallels mine.

”I remember 9/11 of being a day of "excitement", frustration, and rage. The frustration came at the slowness and inaccuracy of the reporting. They didn't know anything, but they had to fill the time. Speculation about the number deaths ran from 10,000 to 30,000 or more. They had no idea. I was frustrated that there was nothing we could do right away to fight back at whoever had done this. The rage came, too, and was maybe the strongest emotion at all. I desperately wanted my government to start killing terrorists. A lot of them. As quickly as possible. More than that, I wanted to to the killing. I wanted to find someone responsible and beat them to death with my fists, choke the life out of them. Actually, I still pretty much feel that way.”

Blogs of War has put together a superb post that links just about everything you need to remember today. Including: Links to The Victims, moments of silence, progress made, The President’s statement, Don Rumsfeld’s statement, essays, video, radio, newspapers, and a large number of bloggers with their tributes.

Michelle Malkin's consternation over the medias desire to be politically correct about who we are fighting against:

”The third anniversary of Sept. 11 is upon us. We remain at war -- and the media remain in denial.

How many times have you picked up a newspaper and read about terrorist attacks perpetrated not by Muslim terrorists, but by generic "militants" or "guerrillas" or "rebels" or, as Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes noted the Pakistan Times called them, "activists"?


We are not just in a war to preserve our way of life, we are at war against those that wish to deaden our senses and lull us to sleep with politically correct speech.

DJ Drummond at Stolen Thunder reminds us of the cost of an improper response.

    ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:
    2,657 killed at the World Trade Center,
    125 killed at the Pentagon,
    92 killed on American Airlines Flight 11,
    65 killed on United Airlines Flight 175,
    64 killed on American Airlines Flight 77,
    and 45 killed on United Airlines Flight 93.
"For comparison, 2,403 Americans were killed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, which began a war we fought for the next four years, including the use of Atomic weapons, and the occupation of two major nations for the better part of a decade, and troop bases which are still active in both countries. Nobody calls World War 2 "the wrong war in the wrong place", however.”

Michael Gallaugher over at The Christian Conservative writes:

”911 changed everything. It caused those who love America to love it more, and it caused those who hate America to hate it more. It caused those who love God to humble themselves, and it caused those who hate God to ratchet up their campaigns against Christian values in American culture. Prior to 911, the Bush and Clinton Administrations didn't take the threat of Islamic Terrorism seriously enough. Now, the worldviews of people on on all sides of the political-religious spectrum are so galvanized, it has caused some people to lose their rational minds.”


Cavalier's Guardian WatchBlog - ”We can talk about the pain of 9/11, but pain must become purpose. We have to renew our determination to continue as we have begun, until the job is truly finished. Despite all the ceremonies and candle-lighting, speeches and testimonials, the only fitting memorial to the victims of 9/11 and all the other terrorist attacks is to do our best to destroy terrorism at its root.”

Lileks - ”Of course some people are impatient with those who still recall the shock of 9/11; the same people were crowding the message boards of internet sites on the afternoon of the attacks, eager to blame everyone but the hijackers. They hate this nation. In their hearts, they hate humanity. They would rather cheer the perfect devils than come to the aid of a compromised angel. They can talk for hours about how wrong it was to kill babies, busboys, businessmen, receptionists, janitors, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers - and then they lean towards you, eyes wide, and they say the fatal word:

But.

And then you realize that the eulogy is just a preface. All that concern for the dead is nothing more than the knuckle-cracking of an organist who’s going to play an E minor chord until we all agree we had it coming.”


My Thoughts:

After 3 years of relative safety many have been lulled into a false sence of security. We hear of people complaining about those trying to protect our country as if they served no purpose or maybe a purpose more sinister than those that brought upon us the events of 9/11. They are called baby killers and murderers and our leaders are likened to Hitler and burned in effigy. But thank God, the majority of Americans refuse to listen to such vicious verbal rhetoric. Most understand that we are fighting to preserve the American way of life. A life most of us took for granted before 9/11 but now understand is worth fighting for.

posted by: Brian Scott


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