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Remembering 9-11

Today is the six-year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history, and I honestly had no idea how best to remember it. I could come up with a sappy poem, I could write tearful rememberances. But my mind honestly draws a blank as to how exactly you can put into words the multitude of feelings surrounding 9-11.

I still remember exactly where I was when it happened. I was a senior in high school, sitting in math class in a seat across the aisle from where I normally sat. I was sitting sideways in it to face my friend Tim, and we chatted as we waited for the teacher to start class. An announcement came on the intercom, telling all faculty to turn on "the news". We watched in disbelief the horrifying attack, not quite realizing what happened. Tim and I wondered how it was a pilot could fly into a building, never really comprehending exactly what this meant -- until the second plane hit. The room went dead silent, and each student suddenly realized that our country was being attacked. The events of the day unfolded, with the heroism of the passengers on Flight 93 and another plane flying into the Pentagon. The next two days were a blur of grief and shock; classes were unofficially cancelled. We spent our time watching news reports, waiting to see any updates. They were days of tears, grief, and hope, all intermingled into one confusing ball of emotions. I cried watching people jump out of burning buildings; cried as I listened to phone calls from passengers on the planes telling husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, that they loved them one last time. My heart swelled with pride watching the heroism and selflessness of the many people who worked hard with no concern for their own safety at Ground Zero to save the lives of others. No one I knew was injured or killed in the attacks, but listening to the stories of countless innocent civilians or quiet heroes connected me to them, and I wept at the loss of those lives. Eventually, it became clear who the culprit was, and the nation was united in what we had to do. At my high school, we tried to pitch in the best way we could -- blood drives, donations, etc. Many of my friends joined the military after graduating, wanting to fight back against the terrorists who committed such a heinous act.

In one day, everything changed. And I knew that it would never be the same.

Now, six years later, the nation has seemingly forgotten. We've forgotten why we're fighting, who we're fighting, and what we're fighting for. While some of us stand firm behind the daunting task before us, others are more content to sympathize with our enemies. Some of us refuse to submit and refuse to forget, while others want to subject Americans to lives of dhimmitude, blaming the United States for the crime committed against her rather than the bloodthirsty terrorists bent on world domination. Some Americans love and support our courageous men and women in uniform, and others want to cut their funding; attack recruiting offices; spit on them and call them baby-killers; and on and on. Some understand that Al-Qaeda has issued a jihad against us and won't stop until they're defeated, while others think diplomacy with alleviate their bloodlust.

Patriotism is denounced by liberals as jingoism. Wanting to close the border is called bigotry. Playing Janeane Garofalo audio books and Christina Aguilera albums for terrorists is considered cruel. And many of us are left wondering how perceptions changed so dramatically in just six short years.

On September 11, 2001, the nation woke up. We understood, for a brief period of time, what it was that we were up against. And now, some of us have fallen back asleep. Some of us have forgotten. Some of us have become complacent. What will it take for the country to remember? What will it take for the country to wake up again?

Michelle Malkin reminds us:

That's Lan astaslem, Arabic for I will not submit/surrender. Will you submit? Will you surrender?

They haven't given up. There's no question in my mind that if we do, we will see another 9-11 happen. It may not be a problem we have to deal with; it may be one for our children, or our grandchildren. But it will resurface again if we stick our collective head in the sand and hope they go away. We have to be strong. We have to be united.

Never forget.
Never surrender.


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Comments (18)

My drug dealer on speed dia... (Below threshold)
kim:

My drug dealer on speed dial
Called. What a rush.
Lan astaslam.
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Totally agree Cassy. If we ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Totally agree Cassy. If we surrender now, the game is over. They will have our number. Or I should say the democrats number. ww

What naive and simple sent... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

What naive and simple sentiments. We were headed in the right direction after 9-11 until this absolutely moronic president lied to the American people and took a wrong turn into Iraq.

This debacle in Iraq has inflamed muslim moderates worldwide, moderates that we need ON OUR SIDE, that we need for intel.

It has created a school for terrorist tactics that makes Bin Ladens camps in Afghanistan look like daycare.

Because of this Iraq disaster even our best friends in Europe are wondering what the FXXX has happened to America.

Bush has played right into Bin Ladens hands. He has given him everything he has wanted. A quagmire to bleed the USA of treasure and manpower of the USA just like the Brits and the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Even David Petraeus said today in hearings that the Iraq war did NOT make us safer.

Americans do need to unite in the fight against terrorism not pretend that Bush has a clue what he is doing.

Dr SoapThis ... (Below threshold)

Dr Soap

This debacle in Iraq has inflamed muslim moderates worldwide, moderates that we need ON OUR SIDE, that we need for intel....who are these oxymorons? Name some for us. Which ones were inflamed and not inflamed prior to 9/11.

Also, you are lying about what Patreus said. He did not say that.

I still get shivers down my... (Below threshold)
Steve of Norway:

I still get shivers down my spine seeing the south tower when it gets hit.

Cassie, your post is so sim... (Below threshold)

Cassie, your post is so similar to my blog post from earlier today that it's almost spooky.

http://realityblogz.blogspot.com/2007/09/never-forget.html

You're absolutely right, of course. Well said.

SteveI know the feel... (Below threshold)

Steve
I know the feeling...I used to work in the COMEX adjacent to the South Tower. There was a wide plaza outside the building that was great for the rare lunch break. The image of the plaza littered with bodies...and then the avalanche from the collapse is just haunting.


I would write some long-win... (Below threshold)

I would write some long-winded post or something like that, but I can suffice with this: Cassy, you have it right on the nose. There is no other way to see it, no other way to think about it, no other way to consider it.

"Patriotism is denounced by... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"Patriotism is denounced by liberals as jingoism" Fiano

Not so fast, sister. Patriotism is not denounced as such by liberals.

However chest-thumping & horn tooting for any war de jour while sending others' loved ones into the maws of a war to alieviate your paranoia or satisfy your lust for for an eye-for-an-eye is.

The constant repetition and labeling those who disagree as traitors, commies etc is typical of the jingoist. Use of the script above is awfully damn close as well, given the anniversary at hand.

The jingoist is wont to respond to the siren call of war and is all too quick to label others as defeatists and traitors; something seen here on Wizbang all the time.

Chauvanistic patriotism, as is frequently seen on this blogsite, is exactly what jingoism is.

Six years ago toda... (Below threshold)
chsw Author Profile Page:

Six years ago today, I watched several friends die. Some were casual friends from college and grad school. Some were family friends. Two were in my wedding party.

Six years ago today, my wife and I were sudden babysitters of several children whose parents could not get out of their Manhattan workplaces.

Six years ago today, my mother - a survivor of the London airblitz - explained to my panicky wife that everyone has to develop "an everyday sort of courage."

Six years ago today, my world changed. I changed. I developed an everyday sort of courage and a quiet anger. And I'm still angry. And I'll be damned if I will not carry on.

chsw

Would you like fries with y... (Below threshold)
kim:

Would you like fries with your pair of Uburgers?
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"Patriotism is denounced... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

"Patriotism is denounced by liberals as jingoism" Fiano

Not so fast, sister.

Liberals have not denounced patriotism as such.

What is denounced is chest-thumping war-drumming for the war du jour by goose steppers willing to fly their colors in response to the siren calls of those who would mislead, to put the matter charitably.

The jingoist can be heard denouncing any contrarian as a traitor, defeatist, communist or socialist because the contrarian won't surrender rationality to others who are ginned for war.

Much of the pseudo patriotism seen on the pages of Wiz where others are denounced as traitors and defeatists is all too often the mark of the chauvanistic patriot which is exactly what jingoism is.

2nd post in error due to ne... (Below threshold)
FreedomFries:

2nd post in error due to net problem

Fried net,Paired pos... (Below threshold)
kim:

Fried net,
Paired posts.
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So will anybody remember th... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

So will anybody remember this after 50 years or will they replace it with some silly wacko celebration like KWANZA

Eyed newts,Paired ki... (Below threshold)
kim:

Eyed newts,
Paired kites.
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Never Forget!Of co... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

Never Forget!

Of course the lame ass pussy governor of Taxachussets wants to forget and place blame elsewhere. This is how he remembered it yesterday.

"Among many other things, 9/11 was a failure of human understanding," Patrick said. "It was a mean and nasty and bitter attack on the United States. But it was also a failure of human beings to understand each other, to learn to love each other."

What an utter crock of shit. Taxachussets has it all now with John F'ing Kerry, Teddy the Swimmer, ridculous taxes, gay marriage, and a governor with his head in the sand. I guess they forgot which airport was used for a couple flights on 9/11.

RE #13 Freedom Fries.... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

RE #13 Freedom Fries.

Your first two post were also in error due to a brain problem.




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