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September 11th + 9

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We are approaching a milestone of sorts. It is but one year until a decade has passed since the 9/11 attacks. Here is what I wrote in 2004.

What a difference a presidency makes. Since George Bush left office, we are less safe – at least three attacks on US soil: three more than occurred under Bush post 9/11. A president who seems more concerned with what the world thinks than keeping America safe. A president more inclined to apologize for America than defend it.

It is also a time to reflect. Nine years still sees Ground Zero empty. It see a debate over whether a mosque should be built near the site and in a building upon which debris rained.

It is a time in which I have to wonder has the nation forgotten the attacks or does the nation want to ignore them. That we want to move beyond is normal and natural. That we seem to want to do so before the job of defeating terrorism is done is shameful and cowardly. I grew up with the twin towers. I miss them. And I still want justice for those who died in them.

Remember September 11th!


Written by martinipundit

September 11, 2010 at 2:13 am

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  1. I remember watching as they rose above the New York skyline. We had just moved to the area. I was not impressed at first but they grew on you. Modern but even so kind of an understated elegance. I remember going up in the observation tower (not the one with the restaurant) and looking out and down though petrified of heights. The shock of seeing them fall on television is still with me. To me there is a kind of parallel with the current administration, something great and with an elegance pulled down into ruins. Hopefully it will be rebuilt in only four years…


    September 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  2. It is not the nation which desires to forget the 9/11 attacks. It is the government which has allowed that tragic historical event to be buried in the past without giving justice to those who were buried alive in those buildings.

    Mark @ Israel

    September 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

  3. Mark – you are correct. The nation has not forgotten, but I phrased it that way as a significant number of us have if the Ground Zero mosque debate is any indication. To be sure, the Left is prepared to surrender unconditionally.

    Our government is constantly affirming we are not at war with Islam and we are not. It would be nice, however, if those Islamic organizations in this country would get behind the effort. “Outreach” and “building bridges” and the like are nonsense. My German and Italian ancestors did not try to build bridges in WWI and WWII. They put on uniforms, fought, and waited. The same with Japanese Americans. It is only in this conflict that America has been challenged to give the benefit of the doubt to those with much in common with the people who attacked us. I suppose it would be PC to trust without verifying but I doubt it would be prudent. Certainly my ancestors would expect more verification.

    Imam Rauf explicitly invoked the immigrant experience of Jews, Catholics, Irish, and Italians last week but he failed to recognize that each of those groups – and others – had to prove themselves. No one gave them the benefit of the doubt. I say that as the descendant of three of those four groups. So to Rauf and others, I’m with President Reagan: trust but verify.


    September 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm

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