Monday, September 11, 2006

The day of awakening

Riehl's World View has a video preview of Bernie Kerik's very emotional recollections of 9/11 on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch on CNBC.


Commentary

In the long run, the correct analogy for September 11 may prove to be Concord Bridge rather than Pearl Harbor. The attack on Manhattan provoked people to ask whether they could still owe allegiance to the multicultural, one-worldism of the 1990s, or whether like the farmers beside the "rude bridge that arched the flood", they owed allegiance to each other.

The most striking thing about the commemoration of 9/11 five years on is how durable that counter-conciousness has proved. Anyone who wants to examine a real quagmire should examine the fruitless efforts to return the world to its September 10 state, a task to which much of the media, the academe and the cultural elite have proved unequal. Because futile. Another and taller tower began to fall that day and its occupants are still in it.

10 Comments:

Blogger Alexis said...

We can't go back to the world of September 10, 2001. We cannot bring the dead back to life. As much as we may mourn the passing of an era, we must consider what kind of world we would like to live in.

Wars such as these do not end until the cultural universe that created the war is destroyed. Unless we are prepared to turn our own societies into Islamist Hell, this effectively means that the culture that created al-Qaeda must be completely vanquished. The question is really what the most effective means is to destroy a society that has sworn to destroy ours.

This is the beginning of the end for the society that sent those hijackers into our midst. One way or another.

9/11/2006 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger sam said...

But too bad for the media they don't have Rick Rescorla in their tower to save their ass.

9/11/2006 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger RWE said...

In the book about Lt Blenko's escape from the USSR in a Mig-25 it explains how he came to the U.S. still filled with Soviet propaganda. When he saw a typical American supermarket, a clothing store, Langley AFB, he saw each as a Potemkin village, an unrepresentative prop used to convince defectors.

Then he asked to see an aircraft carrier. And he stood there on the carrier, looking at the aircraft launching and landing and it hit him "They did not build this carrier just to impress me! And so that means that the Air Force Base and supermarket and the clothing store and everything... it's all real! I have been taught nothing but lies!"

His world came crashing down. But it took more than just one very convincing example to do that.

9/11/2006 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Pyrthroes said...

We composed the following three verses on Pearl Harbor Day 2001, commemorating the brutal attack on 9/11 of that year. Sing to the chorus of Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever".


Lift up thine eyes to the hills,
Shining cities stand forth as beacons.
Welcome, ye tired and poor:
Proclaim Liberty throughout the land!
One of many, each citizen stands
In defense of the Right, as we know it--
America's built not with hands,
But as Providence guides and bestows it.

When at despot or dynast's command
Minions massed in array fall upon us,
A Spirit enkindles the land,
To each challenger rising anew:
United, America stands,
As on eagle wings floating Old Glory!
'Neath Star-Spangled Banners advance,
Bearing justice as Victory's trophy.

Burnished blades slumber ready to hand,
Olive branches may loose flights of arrows.
Pray that Peace and Prosperity reign
Over fields fateful Lightning has passed.
Pledging Life, Fortune, Honor declare,
As a shot fired at Concord once hastened,
"We the People establish, ordain
Novus Ordo Seclorum among nations."


"Novus Ordo Seclorum", A New Order for the Ages, appears on America's Great Seal, printed on the back of every U.S. one-dollar bill. Never yet have we found anyone who knows our national motto, "Annuit Coeptis" (roughly, Heaven Smiles), though it surmounts the Seal.

Napoleon said, "Tell me what you sing, and I'll know who you are." Sousa's drum-roll chorus is tremendous. Past time to sing accompaniment.

(c) 2001, by John Blake

9/11/2006 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger Meme chose said...

Note that the conflict which began at Concord Bridge ended with the significant portion of the population disinclined to participate in the country's defense emigrating to Canada and Europe. Some went voluntarily, others were pursued to the border.

9/11/2006 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger epictetus said...

Multiculturalism with regards to Islam is dying. Every "Allah Akbar" on the Path to 9/11 is just another nail in the coffin. Even if that show were never made, the Islamists themselves would provide their own nails.

Five years ago Bush talked of the Religion of Peace. Mohammed Ali made a touching, pitiful, and noble commercial. Now Bush can talk of a "perverted view of Islam" and a "radical Islamic empire" and no one bats an eye (except CAIR!)

Yet something on the order of 1/3 of the population believes that our government, our own bungling, inept government had a role in killing 3,000 of our citizens in Manhattan. Neither the fall of Rome nor of Constantinople were due entirely to the Barbarians. The societies themselves did much of the work.

9/11/2006 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

"...a task to which much of the media, the academe and the cultural elite have proved unequal."

In other words, having made efforts with regard to the Nanny State in the late '90's, America turned it's attention after 9/11 to the Ninny State, which complained loud and long in words to the effect of "Pay No Attention to the man behind the curtain...I am Oz the Great and Powerful...."

9/11/2006 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger 49erDweet said...

I'm not quite sure epictetus is absolutely accurate. IMO the "1/3 of the population" mentioned do not all truly believe that twisted, anti-government POV, they just choose to spout it in public as a means of evading the greater public truth. A truth that would require them, - just like Lt. Blenko - to realize and deal with the fact that for years they have been basing their own political views on webs of lies spun by master liars.

9/11/2006 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger enscout said...

The most obvious victim of the "McCarthy era was Joe McCarthy. Shortly before he died, McCarthy told a friend, "They're killing me." '

They' were the same ankle biting liberals who one-on-one are little more than a frustration and disappointment. But en masse become a true threat to the security of us all.

Frankly, I don't know how W does it.

9/12/2006 05:22:00 AM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

I'm to the point now of wondering what we're going to do with our Left if they refuse to join with the rest of us, who are the majority.

And, I think it's getting worse so that the Left who are now deliberately putting out anti-American anti-Bush lies and propaganda have just a teensy little step left to take before they cross the line to assassination and/or bombing the government.

I can see them rationalizing that if they can't persuade "the great unwashed" that we should put our uneducated selves into their brilliant hands, then they'll just demolish those evil institutions which we insist upon supporting.

I wish the Left *would* start emigrating elsewhere, to Canada or France or someplace where they could be anti-American without bolluxing up everything we're trying to accomplish here. But, deep down, the moonbats know when they've got it good. Can you see Cindy Sheehan actually going to live in the land of Hugo Chavez or even Jacques Chirac?

9/12/2006 12:27:00 PM  

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