Betraying Our Dead

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  1. Godsdrummer

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    From The New York Post

    Updated: Fri., Sep. 11, 2009, 3:26 AM
    Betraying our dead

    Last Updated: 3:26 AM, September 11, 2009

    Posted: 1:13 AM, September 11, 2009

    Eight years ago today, our homeland was attacked by fanatical Muslims inspired by Saudi Arabian bigotry. Three thousand American citizens and residents died.

    We resolved that we, the People, would never forget. Then we forgot.

    We've learned nothing.

    Instead of cracking down on Islamist extremism, we've excused it.

    Instead of killing terrorists, we free them.

    Instead of relentlessly hunting Islamist madmen, we seek to appease them.

    Instead of acknowledging that radical Islam is the problem, we elected a president who blames America, whose idea of freedom is the right for women to suffer in silence behind a veil -- and who counts among his mentors and friends those who damn our country or believe that our own government staged the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

    Instead of insisting that freedom will not be infringed by terrorist threats, we censor works that might offend mass murderers. Radical Muslims around the world can indulge in viral lies about us, but we dare not even publish cartoons mocking them.

    Instead of protecting law-abiding Americans, we reject profiling to avoid offending terrorists. So we confiscate granny's shampoo at the airport because the half-empty container could hold 3.5 ounces of liquid.

    Instead of insisting that Islamist hatred and religious apartheid have no place in our country, we permit the Saudis to continue funding mosques and madrassahs where hating Jews and Christians is preached as essential to Islam.

    Instead of confronting Saudi hate-mongers, our president bows down to the Saudi king.

    Instead of recognizing the Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi cult as the core of the problem, our president blames Israel.

    Instead of asking why Middle Eastern civilization has failed so abjectly, our president suggests that we're the failures.

    Instead of taking every effective measure to cull information from terrorists, the current administration threatens CIA agents with prosecution for keeping us safe.

    Instead of proudly and promptly rebuilding on the site of the Twin Towers, we've committed ourselves to the hopeless, useless task of rebuilding Afghanistan. (Perhaps we should have built a mosque at Ground Zero -- the Saudis would've funded it.)

    Instead of taking a firm stand against Islamist fanaticism, we've made a cult of negotiations -- as our enemies pursue nuclear weapons; sponsor terrorism; torture, imprison, rape and murder their own citizens -- and laugh at us.

    Instead of insisting that Islam must become a religion of responsibility, our leaders in both parties continue to bleat that "Islam's a religion of peace," ignoring the curious absence of Baptist suicide bombers.

    Instead of requiring new immigrants to integrate into our society and conform to its public values, we encourage and subsidize anti-American, woman-hating, freedom-denying bigotry in the name of toleration.

    Instead of pursuing our enemies to the ends of the earth, we help them sue us.

    We've dishonored our dead and whitewashed our enemies. A distinctly unholy alliance between fanatical Islamists abroad and a politically correct "elite" in the US has reduced 9/11 to the status of a non-event, a day for politicians to preen about how little they've done.

    We've forgotten the shock and the patriotic fury Americans felt on that bright September morning eight years ago. We've forgotten our identification with fellow citizens leaping from doomed skyscrapers. We've forgotten the courage of airline passengers who would not surrender to terror.

    We've forgotten the men and women who burned to death or suffocated in the Pentagon. We've forgotten our promises, our vows, our commitments.

    We've forgotten what we owe our dead and what we owe our children. We've even forgotten who attacked us.

    We have betrayed the memory of our dead. In doing so, we betrayed ourselves and our country. Our troops continue to fight -- when they're allowed to do so -- but our politicians have surrendered.

    Are we willing to let the terrorists win?
  2. Axiom

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    Ug... From the new york post

    Then I relate my post to the person who wrote it*edit*

    Who are you to judge someones choices and ways of life? All your statments are expressed from your entire point of view and way of life, totally excluding the difference and understanding of other peoples choice of a way of life. You've taken generalized interpretations from extremely massive and complex situations and used them to create a really nasty form of expression from your point of view. In the memory wake of the people who died on september the 11. And in the wake of the people dying in Iraq now.

    Good job dude. Are you running for a political position?

    *edit* again.

    This is bugging me. Could be my mood today. But if you believe what is writting in that article, then can you answer me this. From sept 11 to now, what would you have done exactly? Step by step by step by step. What is your grand end result? Seriously, I'm really curious.
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  3. Godsdrummer

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    Just for the record...I posted this, after hearing it on talk radio in my car on the way into work this morning.

    I tend to agree with the sentiment that we have forgotten 9/11.

    I dont want this day to turn into an arguement over the complex issues regarding who is a terrorist versus freedom fighter etc.

    All I know is that as a midwestern farmboy who was once a US Marine, when I think back and see those mental pictures of those poor souls falling from the WTC because they would rather fall to their deaths than burn to death, I keep 9/11 in my heart.

    Always have...always will.

    Those 3000 souls didnt deserve to die.

    And Old Binnie Laden, still wants every American, every Christian and every Jew DEAD! including my own children....and every other American child.

    I keep 9/11 in my heart.
  4. Axiom

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    And on the point of the people who died on sept 11, I'm with you. They didn't deserve to die, and I'll remember that days as it was to me, a horrible and trying day in human history. But we're still here today, and pushing forward, and that's something to be proud of.

    On a side note, that article is dodgy, mixing so many specifics with the memory of those people who died.
  5. worlds edge

    worlds edge Well-Known Member

    Interesting point. But a newspaper column -- especially one in a low-brow outfit like the NY Post -- is not really a good place to write a whole position paper. So, while I'd also like to see his plan of action since 9/11, I can't really bring myself to blame him for not including it.

    Candidly, the only statements in the article that I have a huge problem with are this one:

    and this one:

    As best I can recall, the people in Guanatanamo Bay who were freed were determined not to be terrorists. If he knows which "terrorists" were released in error, he should name names. Ditto this business of a politically correct "elite." Name names. (And if Rupert Murdoch, owner of the NY Post, isn't part of some sort of media "elite" the term really has no meaning. But I doubt that's who the author of this had in mind.)

    Don't get me wrong, I disagree with most of this article, but most of the assertions are probably arguable, and some may in fact be correct. But that's why this was on the "Opinion" page, and not the news.

    And on one point I do agree with this article: 9/11 seems to me to be receding very rapidly into everyone's rear-view mirror.
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