September 11th: Look Back In Anger
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God
thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.
Sadly, this must be an angry memorial posting.
The way the Administration has decided to commemorate 09/11 is disgusting and the fact that, ten years on, too many Americans refuse to understand the threat of Islam means that we are in denial and not serious in our commemoration of the murdered dead.
Ten years on, knowing what we now know about the nature of Islam, too many of us in America and The West still continue to give The Mohammedins legitimacy, that they are worthy of sitting at the table with civilized nations. This bespeaks to either profound ignorance or a willful blindness to Reality or to ideological cunning:
-There are many people who can’t be bothered with taking the time to educate themselves on the nature of Islam, or much of anything for that matter.
-There are those who know deep down that Islam is at war with The West, but, for whatever reasons, they refuse to confront this ugly Truth [I’m speaking here, primarily, of people on the Right].
-And there are those Leftists who believe it is a good move to use the Mohammedins as tools in their efforts to destroy The West, believing in their ignorance that, once Western Civilization collapses, the Enlightened Leaders of the Left will be able to control the Muslims in their midst [put on your seatbelts and get ready for the rude awakening].
Instead of voicing our understanding the threat that Islam poses and demanding that we resolve to crush it, too many of us will spend this weekend wallowing in a pathetic tear-drenched pathos that makes us feel good inside as we watch documentary after documentary in a frenzied death porn festival of horror, an Atrocity Exhibition at the American Sideshow. And like the traditional sideshow, we will be show the little horrors but keep, for our own good, from seeing the real horrors that occurred on that day, like footage of people jumping from the buildings and landing crushed on the pavement or Palestinians joyously celebrating in the streets. No, the Lords of The Media will only show us enough to make us weep, but not those things that will make us angry and strengthen our resolve.
Ten years on, while a greater number of people have awakening from their peaceful slumber, too many have not.
Islam is at war with us and waging it on a scale not seen since 1683. The survival of what we once proudly called Christendom is at stake. The greatest civilization is being destroyed by forces from without and, more ominously, forces from within [Leftism and blissfully ignorant apathetics]. Instead of being lead by a modern-day Vlad The Impaler or Jan III Sobieski, we are being governed by Barack The Unready and a host of other Western Leaders who are characters out of a farce.
So, if you want to experience warm feelings of loss, leave here now.
-If you only read one post today, please make it Dymphna’s one over at Gates Of Vienna, Nine Eleven Is Ten Years Old: The Time That Is Given To Us. In it the author looks over the past decade, looks back at the day of the attack, and offers a well-reasoned analysis of our enemies and ourselves. A highlight:
There are no neutrals or bystanders. Unborn babies are not innocent, they are simply part of the price paid to Allah in order to bring the world to a total ‘peace’ via Dar al Islam. There are no victims either: a homicide bomber who takes other Muslims with him in his own final jihad is simply letting them into Paradise a little earlier than they’d planned. The dead infidels are offerings to Allah, who can enjoy watching them burn in Hell.
There is no cognitive dissonance for Islamic leaders between the laws they promulgate and the days of their lives. They don’t appear to have a problem living in obscene wealth while flouting the hadith regarding music and women and wine. Nor is this new behavior. Wherever Islam and penetrated and captured, the leadership has lived lives apart and entirely separate from the tenets of the Koran. This is the same as all totalitarian polities. Each has its own nomenklatura.
-I take that back: Mark Steyn’s latest column is a must-read and, breaking with normal practice, I now reprint it in full:
Let’s Roll Over
We retreat to equivocation, cultural self-loathing, and utterly fraudulent misrepresentation of 9/11.
Waiting to be interviewed on the radio the other day, I found myself on hold listening to a public-service message exhorting listeners to go to 911day.org and tell their fellow citizens how they would be observing the tenth anniversary of the, ah, “tragic events.” There followed a sound bite of a lady explaining that she would be paying tribute by going and cleaning up an area of the beach.
Great! Who could object to that? Anything else? Well, another lady pledged that she “will continue to discuss anti-bullying tactics with my grandson.”
Marvelous. Because studies show that many middle-school bullies graduate to hijacking passenger jets and flying them into tall buildings?
Whoa, ease up on the old judgmentalism there, pal. In New Jersey, many of whose residents were among the dead, middle-schoolers will mark the anniversary with a special 9/11 curriculum that will “analyze diversity and prejudice in U.S. history.” And, if the “9/11 Peace Story Quilt” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art teaches us anything, it’s that the “tragic events” only underline the “importance of respect.” And “understanding.” As one of the quilt panels puts it:
You should never feel left out
You are a piece of a puzzle
And without you
The whole picture can’t be seen.
And if that message of “healing and unity” doesn’t sum up what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, what does? A painting of a plane flying into a building? A sculpture of bodies falling from a skyscraper? Oh, don’t be so drearily literal. “It is still too soon,” says Midori Yashimoto, director of the New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery, whose exhibition “Afterwards & Forward” is intended to “promote dialogue, deeper reflection, meditation, and contextualization.” So, instead of planes and skyscrapers, it has Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree,” on which you can hang little tags with your ideas for world peace.
What’s missing from these commemorations?
Oh, please. There are some pieces of the puzzle we have to leave out. As Mayor Bloomberg’s office has patiently explained, there’s “not enough room” at the official Ground Zero commemoration to accommodate any firemen. “Which is kind of weird,” wrote the Canadian blogger Kathy Shaidle, “since 343 of them managed to fit into the exact same space ten years ago.” On a day when all the fancypants money-no-object federal acronyms comprehensively failed — CIA, FBI, FAA, INS — the only bit of government that worked was the low-level unglamorous municipal government represented by the Fire Department of New York. When they arrived at the World Trade Center the air was thick with falling bodies — ordinary men and women trapped on high floors above where the planes had hit, who chose to spend their last seconds in one last gulp of open air rather than die in an inferno of jet fuel. Far “too soon” for any of that at New Jersey City University, but perhaps you could reenact the moment by filling out a peace tag for Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree” and then letting it flutter to the ground.
Upon arrival at the foot of the towers, two firemen were hit by falling bodies. “There is no other way to put it,” one of their colleagues explained. “They exploded.”
Any room for that on the Metropolitan Museum’s “Peace Quilt”? Sadly not. We’re all out of squares.
What else is missing from these commemorations?
What’s that — a quilting technique?
No, what’s missing from these commemorations is more Muslims. The other day I bumped into an old BBC pal who’s flying in for the anniversary to file a dispatch on why you see fewer women on the streets of New York wearing niqabs and burqas than you do on the streets of London. She thought this was a telling indictment of the post-9/11 climate of “Islamophobia.” I pointed out that, due to basic differences in immigration sources, there are far fewer Muslims in New York than in London. It would be like me flying into Stratford-on-Avon and reporting on the lack of Hispanics. But the suits had already approved the trip, so she was in no mood to call it off.
How are America’s allies remembering the real victims of 9/11? “Muslim Canucks Deal with Stereotypes Ten Years After 9/11,” reports CTV in Canada. And it’s a short step from stereotyping to criminalizing. “How the Fear of Being Criminalized Has Forced Muslims into Silence,” reports the Guardian in Britain. In Australia, a Muslim terrorism suspect was so fearful of being criminalized and stereotyped in the post-9/11 epidemic of paranoia that he pulled a Browning pistol out of his pants and hit Sgt. Adam Wolsey of the Sydney constabulary. Fortunately, Judge Leonie Flannery acquitted him of shooting with intent to harm on the grounds that “‘anti-Muslim sentiment’ made him fear for his safety,” as Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported on Friday. That’s such a heartwarming story for this 9/11 anniversary they should add an extra panel to the peace quilt, perhaps showing a terror suspect opening fire on a judge as she’s pronouncing him not guilty and then shrugging off the light shoulder wound as a useful exercise in healing and unity.
What of the 23rd Psalm? It was recited by Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer and the telephone operator Lisa Jefferson in the final moments of his life before he cried, “Let’s roll!” and rushed the hijackers.
No, sorry. Aside from firemen, Mayor Bloomberg’s official commemoration hasn’t got any room for clergy, either, what with all the Executive Deputy Assistant Directors of Healing and Outreach who’ll be there. One reason why there’s so little room at Ground Zero is because it’s still a building site. As I write in my new book, 9/11 was something America’s enemies did to us; the ten-year hole is something we did to ourselves — and in its way, the interminable bureaucratic sloth is surely as eloquent as anything Nanny Bloomberg will say in his remarks.
In Shanksville, Pa., the zoning and permitting processes are presumably less arthritic than in Lower Manhattan, but the Flight 93 memorial has still not been completed. There were objections to the proposed “Crescent of Embrace” on the grounds that it looked like an Islamic crescent pointing towards Mecca. The defense of its designers was that, au contraire, it’s just the usual touchy-feely huggy-weepy pansy-wimpy multiculti effete healing diversity mush. It doesn’t really matter which of these interpretations is correct, since neither of them has anything to do with what the passengers of Flight 93 actually did a decade ago. 9/11 was both Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle Raid rolled into one, and the fourth flight was the only good news of the day, when citizen volunteers formed themselves into an ad hoc militia and denied Osama bin Laden what might have been his most spectacular victory. A few brave individuals figured out what was going on and pushed back within half an hour. But we can’t memorialize their sacrifice within a decade. And when the architect gets the memorial brief, he naturally assumes that there’s been a typing error and that “Let’s roll!” should really be “Let’s roll over!”
And so we commemorate an act of war as a “tragic event,” and we retreat to equivocation, cultural self-loathing, and utterly fraudulent misrepresentation about the events of the day. In the weeks after 9/11, Americans were enjoined to ask, “Why do they hate us?” A better question is: “Why do they despise us?” And the quickest way to figure out the answer is to visit the Peace Quilt and the Wish Tree, the Crescent of Embrace and the Hole of Bureaucratic Inertia.
— Mark Steyn, a National Review columnist, is the author of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon. © 2011 Mark Steyn.
I could not have said it better.
This orgy of idiocy makes me ill.
-Over at Woman Honor Thyself, Angel is just as saddened and disgusted as Mark Steyn and myself.
9/11 was a deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged war on the West by Koran-inspired soldiers of Allah around the world. They hated us before George W. Bush was in office. They hated us before Israel existed. And the avengers of the religion of perpetual outrage will keep hating us no matter how much we try to appease them.
The post-9/11 problem isn’t whether we’ll forget. The problem is: Will we ever learn?
-Stacy McCain has the video of the celebrating Palestinians and comments:
Those ugly little scenes are seldom mentioned nowadays, but are burned into my memory. Say what you will, I know who the enemy is.
So do a few of us. WOLVERINES!
-Andrew Klaven is righteously angry at Hollywood’s filmmakers and their refusal to understand the threat or commemorate the brave members of our military and intelligence services. A highlight [tip of the fedora to Instapundit]:
But when it comes to sheer shamefulness, the conformist “radicals” of Hollywood outdid themselves in the years after the Islamofascist attacks on 9/11. When the United States responded to these atrocities by attempting to destroy the terrorist staging grounds in Afghanistan and establish a beachhead of Middle Eastern democracy in Iraq, Hollywood reacted by churning out propaganda movies that could only demoralize our allies and bolster our low and savage enemies: Syriana, In the Valley of Elah, Rendition, Redacted, Lions for Lambs, Green Zone, Body of Lies, Stop Loss, and on and on. Many of these films portrayed our soldiers and intelligence officers as rapists, murderers, torturers, or noble fools manipulated by conniving Republicans. Not one of them (including the excellent HBO film Taking Chance and the flawed but powerful Hurt Locker, which at least showed our troops in a positive light) depicted the wars themselves as good or noble endeavors. Besides Chance and Locker, these films were bad and they were bombs, showing that ideology, not art or commerce, dictated their content. It was the dark mirror image of Hollywood’s patriotic response to Pearl Harbor in the 1940s, a living diagram of what the Left has wrought in our cultural lives since then.
-As Matthew Vadum reports, there should be a special place in Hell reserved for Barack Hussein Obama:
In 2009 I was the only reporter in America who had the story of President Obama’s plans to turn September 11 into a national day of green jobs, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, bicycle paths, affordable housing, socialist healthcare, and government-sponsored leftist indoctrination.
In a three-part series published here at the American Spectator I wrote that President Obama, Van Jones, militant leftist Lennox Yearwood, and a coalition of left-wing groups including ACORN, various labor organizations, Color of Change, Apollo Alliance, and Jesse Jackson’s RainbowPUSH Coalition plotted to use the memory of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, for their own ideological ends. (This is also recounted in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.)
My work was mocked at the time by Alan Colmes, Salon’s Alex Koppelman, Atlantic Monthly’s Chris Good, and a chorus of other useful idiots who reflexively rose to defend Obama.
The Obama administration never denied the facts I reported. The president’s actions since 2009 have only confirmed the veracity of my original article.
-From Don Surber we learn that Bono is ‘proud to be an American on 09/11’. Well, Mr. Surber is having none of that:
No, Bono, is not an American — one day a year or 365. Who in the heck does this pompous Irish think he is standing in Canada and presuming that he is an American? When did he stand in line to get the paperwork done so he could establish a residency? When did he take and pass the Citizenship Test? When did he raise that right hand and swear to God and everyone else his allegiance to the Greatest Land Of All?
He is not even a Bono. His name is Paul David Hewson. He does not even pronounce the name right. That is a long O as in Sonny Bono, who was a true American son of legal immigrants who worked his way up from nothing, learned the music business, built an entertainment empire and then became mayor of Palm Springs and a congressman.
Maybe I am being a little too cranky this morning. Paul David Hewson’s call for solidarity is nice and flattering. But really, what exactly does Bono add to our culture that we do not already have? The permanent sunglasses? Ray Orbison did it first and better. His political activism is nice, but I wish he would pay his Irish taxes and then lobby his Irish government to pay for his fantasies about saving Africa from AIDS in his 21st century version of White Man’s Burden. It’s not that I oppose our doing it, it is that I oppose Bono taking credit.
That ageing narcissistic little shit should STFU.
-Over at National Review Online, Matthew Franck and William Simon, Jr. do a very good job of taking Nanny Bloomberg to the woodshed for his reasoning[ or, actually, lack thereof] in excluding clergy from today’s memorial ceremonies in New York City. However, even these good men betray a naiveté about Islam in one sentence of the following paragraph [emphasis mine]:
In offering this defense that one should offend many people a little so as not to offend a few people a lot, the mayor’s aides underestimated the generosity of spirit of their fellow Americans. Most of the diversity of religious faiths in America, for one thing, is a diversity across Christian denominations. Many of the exact same prayers are uttered by all of them in common, and on a civic occasion such as this, where nothing sacramental occurs, the ecumenical fellow-feeling of America’s Christians typically comes through very strongly. The largest of the country’s non-Christian faiths — beginning with Judaism and Islam but not ending there — could easily be included along with Christian clergy. And any groups not represented in the ceremony by their own clergy can easily be made to feel included by the language and tenor of the prayers. No one knows better than the typical American priest, rabbi, or minister how to craft a prayer inclusively for an appropriate audience, so that it is not “denominational” or exclusionary, but speaks from the heart to the Almighty on behalf of everyone present. They actually have some practice at this.
That ten years on, reasonable men would think it proper to include Islamic clergy among those who should be invited to 09/11 memorial ceremonies speaks to a willful blindness on their part.
-From Paco and Ed Driscoll we learn, if we already didn’t know it, that Harry Reid is the hole that is to be found in the arse.
-A few days ago Herman Cain released a video that shows the horror and courage on display on 09/11. The soundtrack to the video is of Mr. Bain singing God Bless America — it’s quite moving. Of course, he has come under attack for doing this, especially for including a several second snippet at the end that informs us the video was paid for by Mr. Cain’s campaign. Dan Riehl demolishes the criticism leveled by a little cockroach named Alex Pareen. A highlight:
…Herman Cain released a gospel album in 1996 that hit the Internet in July, given his campaign. He’s also an associate minister in the Baptist Church. I would imagine singing is something deeply spiritual to him. The clip was simply posted to his YouTube account and a spokesperson confirmed it is not part of any fund raising effort.
On top of that, it contains a campaign disclaimer at end as it must by law, given that they used their media operation to produce it. In short, all Hermain Cain did was give us a very personal glimpse of who he is and what he believes in. Contrast that with the look we got at Obama’s friends, mini-Hoffa and Richard Trumka. Then, you tell me, who is better qualified to lead America to a better place and time if it came down to it – Herman Cain, or Barack Obama? I know which one I would choose, hands down. It isn’t even a contest, frankly….
We’re going to need a lot of bug spray in the coming years.
-Speaking of cockroaches: Smitty has the latest vile thoughts being spewed by Paul Krugman.
-Tip of the fedora to William Teach, Commander of The Pirate’s Cove, for the links to Don Surber and Dan Riehl above. The Admiral has a damn fine aggregation of 09/11 links over at his place.
–So does King Shamus. which also includes his thoughts and a wonderful remembrance of heroic Stewardess Betty Ong.
-He links this very good post by Manhattan Infidel, who reports on his experience on 09/11, posts some picture he took in New York during the following days, and offers this spot-on comment:
What happened that day makes me angry. It still makes me angry. To call Islam Medieval is an insult to the middle ages. Islam is pre-medieval. It is stone age. It is barbaric.
-He also links Karen Howes, proprietor of Eastern Right, who has her own fine aggregation going and proposes what I think is the policy next President should adopt the moment he [or she] takes the Oath Of Office:
If I were president, my policy on Islamic terrorism would be that for every act of terrorism Muslims perpetrate against the United States, we nuke one of their “holy” sites; even with their one-branch family trees and double-digit IQ’s, it would only take one or two times for them to catch on and go back to killing each other.
There is no reason tactical nuclear weapons should not be used against The Mohammedins.
-Over at American Power, Donald Douglas has been posting for the past few days on 09/11 and it’s all good stuff.
-Over at the Frugal Cafe, Vicki has been serving up her own wonderful postings on 09/11 and aggregation others as well, as you’ll see by looking at this post from today.
-Here is the tribute to Rick Rescorla I wrote two years ago. He should not be forgotten. Deus sileo suus animus.
-If I haven’t linked you directly here, chances are it is because you are mentioned in one of the aggregation postings above. If that is not the case, please feel free to leave a link in the Comments Section.