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September 10, 2011

9/11 Ten Years On

Filed under: politics, society — Tags: , , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 2:29 pm

How quickly some of us forget.  Ten years ago nearly three thousand people perished on 9/11 2001 by the hands of Muslim terrorists.

I woke up that morning to my radio alarm set to NPR, and couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  I called a friend and told him to turn on the news.  I was absolutely awe-struck as the events were unfolding: the towers burning, people jumping from the top floors, the crash at the Pentagon, the towers collapsing, Flight 93 falling on the ground in rural Pennsylvania.

Some things I was hearing were perfectly believable.  “Lets not jump to conclusions,” urged some commentators.  “We need to reflect and heal,” — suggested others.  I was never a “reflect and heal” kind of gal.  I suppose I’m a failure of a liberal.  I don’t reflect because I’m not a mirror.  I can learn and I can think.  I don’t want to heal, at least not before I understand the attacker and can make sure that it will never happen again.  Otherwise “healing” is another word for ostrich-like behavior.

“Reflecting and healing” is easy if in California.  Few of us know people whose lives were in any way affected by 9/11.  (I do, but this is not what this post is about.)  We all like to visit NYC, but the gaping hole in the heart of Manhattan left curtesy of Al Qaeda is easy to avoid.  Around here “healing” means getting over any unpleasant feelings brought about by 9/11.  It also means a lot of self-righteousness.  Don’t ask any probing questions about the motivation of the terrorists, though, because the answer might be upsetting or require action.

“Reflecting and healing” is how we ended up embracing the aggressor.  Who before 9/11 cared about Islam?  We didn’t know much about it, and from what we knew it seemed like a downgraded version of Judeo-Christianity.  The fascinating exotic religion was (and still is) Buddhism.  But we pay our dues to Islam.

Here is our star hawk Rudi Giuliani talking about the kind of religious ceremony he finds appropriate to commemorate the victims of the largest terror attack on US soil (via Nice Deb):

Prior to 9/11 it would never occur to a government officials to invite a Muslim cleric to an official function.  Islam didn’t (now it does) have much of a history in this country.  Muslims are a very small minority, and not a prominent minority.  However, today Islam is on everyone’s mind, imams are invited to grace all sorts of events with their presents.  A Muslim name is a plus for a national political candidate.  Barry Soetero won’t do, apparently.

In 2001 President George W Bush declared the War on Terror, and I hate the language he chose.  Terror is a kind of warfare.  The kind of war fare didn’t kill 3,000 innocent Americans on that beautiful September morning, Muslims did.  Obviously, not all Muslims are terrorists, and not all Germans were Nazis, but we need to know who we are fighting if we want to win this fight.

“Reflecting and healing” we tell ourselves stories about how it’s all America’s fault.  You see, we are the villain, and if only we’d done less around the world, we wouldn’t be in trouble, and so lets do less. It’s a death spiral of non-being.

After 9/11, we mustered enough will to kick the Taliban out of Afghanistan (which seemed plenty sufficient to me) and oust a dictator who, lets face it, had it coming.  We gave Gaza over to Hamas, and are now waiting for Israel to take out the Iranian nuclear program, like they recently took out the Syrian one.  We got Bin Laden, but only after Barry Soetoro “slept on it”.  We elected a President who has no foreign policy to speak of.  Stockpiles of weapons in Libya are drifting from one set of wrong hands to another.  We failed to support the democratic movement in Iran.

Meanwhile, Muslims with terrorist connections are erecting a Mosque near a cite that Mayor Bloomberg no longer wants to be known as Ground Zero.  “Reflect and heal”!  The World Trade Center is not fully rebuilt, and a crescent-shaped memorial will soon open at the site where the passengers of Flight 93 gave their lives to save other Americans.

After Flight 93, the shoebomber and the pantybomber I feel pretty safe flying airplanes.  Not as safe as El Al, but safe enough.  But the terrorist attack on the US military facility at Fort Hood succeeded.  Like the perpetrators of 9/11, Fort Hood assassin Nidal Malik Hasan was an obvious  jihadi who didn’t get caught because it would have been impolite to point out that he’s a jihadi.

So here we are now.  Individual Americans again and again show heroism, but as a society we are paralyzed by political correctness.

Never forget.  Never again.

UPDATE: I took up DH’s idea of comparing the size of Muslim population of the US to the Buddhists.  According to the American Religious Identification Survey, .6% self-identify as Muslim in 2008.  .9% Self-identify as “Eastern religions”, out of which .5% are Buddhists.  In a just word we’d be inviting a Buddhist monk to every event to which an imam is invited.



  1. Having grown up on the East Coast (DC) I knew those towers and the Pentagon well. But living in SF it seemed rather removed to me. I remember I drove around downtown and it was dead. The B of A building was closed. It didn’t “hit home” until I flew home a month later for a high school reunion and saw that gaping hole in the side of the Pentagon, a building I drove past twice every day for 6 years as I went to and from school.

    I remember being in DC for a funeral when the American embassies were blown up in Africa. I remember thinking something bad was coming. When the USS Cole was blown up I wondered what was next.

    10 years later everybody has mostly gone back to their lives and “terrorism” is now a matter for cultural discussions on The View and the punchline to a joke. There are still many Islamists out there who want us dead. We cannot forget. But in many ways we have.

    Americans just don’t understand the political aspects to Islam. We are a country largely ignorant of our own history and mostly ignorant of world history.

    A well written piece.

    Comment by Harrison — September 10, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

  2. I still remember a couple years ago the FDNY in a fit of political correctness hired a MUSLIM chaplain! Really? What the f#($ were they thinking? The chaplain didn’t last long. Outrage from the fireman forced him out.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — September 10, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

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  4. As a Californian, I still feel rocked to my core that our country was attacked, no matter what city, but I know most Californians didn’t attend 30 funerals and more, like so many in that area did. I, too, published that picture this weekend……of the man falling; there IS nothing more awful and we just can’t forget those poor people.
    I don’t quite get the reason to have imams at any American events; their numbers are small ; do we have siekhs and buddhists and shintoists and native americans (Like they did at the memorial services in Tucson for those killed when Giffords was shot?)… yet, suddenly, since 9/11…it’s “Muslims too!” Some day, probably, their numbers will be high and that’ll make sense. Today? pandering.

    Comment by Z — September 11, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

  5. Harrison,
    You are right, we are ignorant. Part of the problem is that out Mideast Studies Departments are set up by the Saudis. What kids learn about Islam in grade schools is also propaganda.

    I remember the outrage about it, but I didn’t know he was actually forced out. Good for the firemen.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    This picture makes me shudder.
    Muslims really put themselves on the map with 9/11. If we end up embracing the aggressor, what kind of message does it send to the world?

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 11, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  6. Prior to 9/11 it would never occur to a government officials to invite a Muslim cleric to an official function.

    Now, they show up at many, many functions. And people who should know better just sit there. They won’t walk out if an imam appears to spout taqiyya. Is everyone looking for the magic Muslim (along the lines of the magic Negro — see Wiki on that).

    Yesterday, Mr. AOW and I attended a 9/11 memorial service — a small one. No imam there. We’d have left if there had been — and would have created quite a commotion with Mr. AOW in a wheelchair.

    The liberall rabbi and liberal Protestant preacher were spouting dhimmitude. Thank goodness that the keynote speaker was Dick Thornburgh, who is not a dhimmi. I’m sure that the rabbi and the preacher were unhappy with what Mr. Thornburgh had to say. After the service, nobody in the audience bothered to speaking to the rabbi or the preacher. But they gathered around Mr. Thornburgh. **smile**

    Comment by Always On Watch — September 12, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    • “Magic Muslim” — I like that! Good for you for not participating in dhimmi events.
      If we reward people for attacking us, all we will get is more attacks.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 12, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

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