I always promise that this year will be the last I write of that day and my very tiny role as a witness to the evil and the greatness around me. Ten years ago my city was attacked by a crazed band of looms acting in the name of Islam. This does not mean nor infer that every Muslim is guilt of this crime against humanity. It does mean that they must either object to this type of depravity with no word games and no rationalizations. In the case of Stephen Schwartz and the CIP he has done so without reservation, word games and with heart felt patriotism. Ultimately, this type of activity ended up hurting the name and cause of Islam more than an army of Pam Gellers ever could.
I am an ordinary man, those that know me personally may state otherwise. On that day I found myself once again in history's crosshairs. I never was in any danger and even now my role as a first responder is limited to my building. The job of everyone else is to get out of the way of the brave professionals who put their lives in danger to rescue others.
I want to spend a moment to the mostly leftist conspiracy nuts. There was a large section of the tristate area.In any large assembly you can find some morons and loons looking to cash in on an
event. The Jersey girls were not there and their husbands whose faces I can vividly and hauntingly recall would be mortified at their abuse of the day. Their husbands were men of duty
and understood that each day of their career. They do not own 9-11. 9-11 belongs to the entire
nation as it was clearly an attack aimed at the USA by a religiously inspired fanatic.
Now I know many fine religious people. Most of them go about working with the poor and the needy as their calling. I can recite an amazing exchange as typical of the left's arrogance and amazing stupidity. There is a real moron apologist for Hugo Chavez Graeme that claimed "He hates missionaries because they tell people how to think". He went on to expound upon the sanitary habits of Indians that he never met. We are privileged to know Junglemom who dedicated her life to providing education and medical treatment to those communities. Junglemom does so because Christs calling is to serve those in need. So she served those communities until Hugo kicked her out and herded her flock onto a collective. To the sons of Marx who rail against Christians and real Jews ( Not you Rabbi Snaglepuss Lerner) talking about your betters out of ignorance is a habit. These people of God serve the poor out of a divine calling
and have done so with no fanfare. If you were to ask Junglemom or any of the fine people of faith about their service you would get a modest doing my job. The just doing my job bit is familiar as I say this to thankful families every day. The first responders would also say just doing my job.
The brave members of our military say just doing our job.
The problem with Commies and Jihadis is the ends justify the means mentality. If you are a commie and you believe in your heart that you can create utopia and that any crime against humanity is justified to bring forth a new Eden you will do the unthinkable. Thus commies fail to recognize that Osama is much closer to them than the folks at the 700 Club. If you talk to any true follower of Christ ( not liberation theology imposters ask the Pope) about slaughtering civilians deliberately and maliciously you will get an earful.
In truth many of us fail the ends justify the means in life. Many of us see it at work in an era of white collar criminals, naked careerism, publicity whores and faculty lounges that look like the Old Bolshevik club. Yes it would be great to ship a communist jerk like Ducky to Gitmo without a trial. However, in doing so I would be trampling on our American traditions I revere. In essence my sending the Duck to Gitmo would be adopting the beliefs and tactics of Osama and Che that I abhor. As Americans ( Marxists and Jihadis) we are people of due process, rights and laws. However, when Marxists are found to have broken laws they should be offered punishment to the fullest extent of the law unless they agree to denaturalization and self deportation.
It is too early to know and evaluate what we did in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan it is hard to rationalize any other course of action. The Taliban did shelter criminals who acted in the name of their faith. One would have to go to the Soviet butchery to make this mess even worse.
FYI commies our man was Ahmed Shah Massoud who was killed on 9-10. Your man was good old communist Gulbadin Heckmatyar who is still a member of the Taliban.
A planet without Saddam is a better place. Iraq is better off now than with a Communist puppet
armed with MIG and T series tanks butcher. Saddam did have some French Planes and a nuclear reactor thanks to the efforts of the leftist Chirac. The preposterous claim that Chirac and the Russians were principled given their history of arming the butcher and feigning mock outrage. In twenty years we can evaluate what type of Iraq we created.
In the future we should be weary of prophets of gloom who cling to the present. The grumblings
of what type of results has jihadism brought are being asked by many Muslims. What type of Muslim will generation three yield is unknown. My guess is they will be assimilated into a mindless secular fog.
I remember joking after 9-11 that we could ultimately do more damage to jihad and communism with a pen or the internet than with armies. Someday Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea will fall. When they do fall like in the Arab Spring the flow of information via the internet will be the key factor. Are some of guilty in not recognizing the new order of things perhaps. Maybe these last two wars will be a harbinger of smaller wars to come fought with drones and information.
Ten years ago today our world changed. We must adapt to the new changes while being faithful
to our founding fathers wisdom.