Nine years ago today, Americans were forced into the conversion of an act of travel into acts of mass murder, by followers of a religion that claims to be peaceful, yet collects a trail of the bodies of those killed in its name wherever these followers happen to go. And on that day, the rest of us were assaulted with visions of incomprehensible evil on our television screens, the sounds of terror and chaos on the radio, and tales of desperation, fear, and ultimately death, in our print media. On that day, everything stopped. And everything changed.
Televisions flickered in household after household, the images replaying the horror over and over, while the various network talking heads continued to ramble as if they tried hard enough, they might find the right words. The right words to make themselves understand what they had witnessed. The right words to guide a stunned and shaken nation to a harbor of emotional stability and clarity. Each of us personally struggled with sorrow, with anger, with disbelief. The unusually silent skies, cruised only by military fighters on patrol, did not offer any relief for these emotions. And seeing images like these on our televisions as the day progressed offered a glimpse of the belief that refuses to be ignored, and is unrepentant about its actions:
I could have done without the peace of Islam that day, as could millions of others.
But then, as the evening approached, President Bush came to the microphone, as we expect our leaders to do at such moments, and he brought words that delivered, in part, what the pundits and anchors could not. I have excerpted parts below.
Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.
The victims were in airplanes or in their offices — secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers. Moms and dads. Friends and neighbors.
Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.
These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.
None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.
You are a prejudiced wretch, black/white. Again – there are muslim Americans serving your country in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. And yet – despite the fact that the attacks of 9/11 took the lives of muslims as well as other people, you feel it appropriate to denigrate their religion and blame all muslims for the actions a a murderous fringe on that terrible day. Shame on you.
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Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name …
Mal, your religion of peace has racked up over 16,000 dead bodies from terrorist activities all over the world in the nine years since 9/11. Over 1,000 in the last month alone. Doesn’t sound like an isolated fringe to me.
Fool me once, shame on me.
Fool me 16,000 times, well, shame on you.
Mal, for once, you get it right.
I am prejudiced.
I am prejudiced against a religion that preaches killing in its name in exchange for a bevy of virgins in paradise.
I am prejudiced against a religion that sees something holy and noble in strapping on a bomb, wading into a crowd, and detonating oneself.
I am prejudiced against a religion that remains largely silent, or that engages in a token protest against its followers who commit acts such as this.
I am prejudiced against a religion that teaches that it is ok to lie to people who don’t share the faith, especially when those lies help put the non-believer at ease.
I am prejudiced against a religion that allows its male followers to savagely beat their wives for any expression of independence.
I am prejudiced against a religion that allows its male members to kill their daughters, and call it “honorable’ because they were seen in the company of an unrelated male, or had the temerity to be raped.
I am prejudiced against a religion that allows its followers to knock over walls on to, stone, or other wise hang people who are gay.
I am prejudiced against a religion that calls for the deaths of those who leave the faith.
I am prejudiced against a religion that is perpetually offended and DEMANDS that the rest of the world stroke and coddle its incendiary sensibilities.
I am prejudiced against a religion that finds it wholly appropriate to threaten anyone or anything that they believe insults their prophet.
I am prejudiced against a religion that that preaches tolerance and understanding (that always seems to flow in only its direction) until it has the numbers to DEMAND that everyone else do things their way, or die.
I am prejudiced against a religion that moves into the countries of others, and demands to be ruled by its own laws, rather than the laws of its hosts.
I am prejudiced against a religion that builds trophy houses of worship on the bones of those it has achieved a victory.
I am prejudiced against a religion with a hairtrigger on violence that sees no incongruity with this trait and calling itself the religion of peace.
I am prejudiced against a religion that tolerates this behavior within its own ranks because those who aren’t killing, and beating, and threatening today still benefit from the actions of those who are doing so.
Yes, Mal, in this particular case, I am prejudiced, and given the nature of the threat that it represents to civilization, I see no need to apologize for it. But feel free to nuance away until it is your turn to submit or die.
And here we go again. Feeding the trolls. 9 years ago today, a tragedy of huge size struck our country. Let us not think of the 20 extremists who brought this upon us. Let us instead think of those we lost on this day for on this day we are all Americans. No one is right, no one is wrong. Arguing is not how they should be remembered.
We shall never forget.
As far as that “religion of peace” goes, what they do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what they’re saying.
A crackpot preacher in Florida says he’s going to burn a few Korans. There are worldwide riots, chants of “Death to America!!!” And with one voice, we – all the way up to the President – say “That’s a really bad idea, we think it’s wrong, we don’t approve of it.”
Almost daily, Muslims in the Middle east stone and kill women and children. execute “unbelievers”, send out thugs called “mutaween” to beat people on the street.
And what do we hear from Islam’s leaders?
Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.
Nick in Gettysburg: I appreciate your viewpoint, but cannot agree with “No one is right, no one is wrong.”
Most of us can tell the difference between right and wrong – and know that it’s not relative.
This is a day when we particularly remember those who were killed on 9/11.
I’d like to remember one in particular:
He was a soldier in Viet Nam. Pick up on this one thread:
“Rescorla knew war. His men did not, yet. To steady them, to break their concentration away from the fear that may grip a man when he realizes there are hundreds of men very close by who want to kill him, Rescorla sang.”
Fast forward to 9/11, the World Trade Center:
“Hill could hear Rescorla issuing orders through the bullhorn. He was calm and collected, never raising his voice. Then Hill heard him break into song:
Men of Cornwall stop your dreaming; …”
He was born in England; joined the British Army at 16; fought in Cyprus and Rhodesia; came to America; joined the Army; finally retired as a Colonel in the reserves. Then, head of security for Morgan Stanley – at the WTC.
Barack Hussein Obama says we are NOT at war with Islam…
He is, of course, wrong as always..
“Speak for yourself Barack Hussein Obama. YOU may not be at war with Islam, but Islam is at war with ALL that are NOT Muslims. Maybe that’s why you’re so insistent about America not being at war with Islam. Maybe it’s because you are, after all, one of them. In truth, a Muslim.” SOURCE
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Those men were mad. The best summary I have ever heard regarding motive was from a Brit who said that the USA was attacked because it is the “biggest representative of a free _and_ civilized world.”
May it always be so, with God’s help!