Sunday, September 11, 2005

Never Forget 9.11.01

Please note: as I would like this to remain the top post of the day, today's other posts will be posted below this.

Pentagon photo via Henry



It seems like yesterday that the Manhattan skyline was forever altered. Just as those who of an earlier generation remember exactly where they were when they heard of the assassination of JFK, my generation will remember where we were when we heard about 9/11. In terms of its implications, Pearl Harbor is perhaps a better analogy. For some of us, it was a day that forced us to re-examine our views, pay closer attention to the happenings of the world around us, & the things we were taught. Other appear to need a little more time.

Four years ago people jumped out of the shattered windows of a skyscraper to take a chance at life rather than submit to the certainty of death among flames. They were ordinary people, civilians, who saw the dawn on September 11th 2001 as nothing more than another day. They were good hard working people who went to work early to get a head start on the day. Little did they know what a hateful Islamist named Osama bin Laden & his compatriots wished to do. But for the grace of Gad, it could have been any of us here today. We must not forget.

While much has been done to address the threat of Islamic terrorism, much still remains to be done.

This is especially so regarding the precarious situation of our border with Mexico, which remains an undefended gateway into our country. Terrorists have taken note of this & used in several occasions. The ease of entry is so well known that Al Jazeera even tried to make a documentary on it. A recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies showed how terrorists routinely flouted immigration laws:
Overall, 59 of 94 foreign-born nationals who were either convicted or indicted on terror charges broke federal immigration laws to enter or remain in the country between 1993 and 2004, the report found. It also noted:
_Twenty-two of the 94 either had student visas or other applications approving them to study in the United States; another 17 used visitor visas to enter the country.
_In at least 13 instances, suspected and convicted terrorists overstayed their temporary visas.
_Seven of the 94 were indicted for using false driver's licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards and immigration records.
_Twenty-one became naturalized citizens.
The report identified many of the immigrants as affiliated with at least one terror organization, including 40 with al-Qaida, 16 with Hamas, 16 with the Palestinian or Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and six with Hezbollah.

And these are merely the ones who were apprehended, I dread to think of the numbers of those who remain among us.

Sadly, there are some, even in this country, who wish to undermine the war against terrorism & any efforts to preserve the memory of 9/11. Attempts are already being made by the multiculti, PC left to desecrate the memory of 9/11. The WTC memorial & International Freedom Center still remain prey to those whose visions of the future are congruent to that of the Islamicists.

The memorial for the passengers of Flight 93 is also in danger. The design of the Flight 93 National Memorial is in the shape of a crescent & features a "tower of voices": both clearly symbols of Islam. The excuse, which is what it is, that Paul Murdoch did not see a connection to Islam in the design, is rather difficult for many of us to buy:
Architects—good ones like Paul Murdoch and his design crew—are fully aware of the symbolism that they put into their work. The first order of business is to make money, of course, which is why their design incorporates various half-religious notions of sacredness and healing, which appeal to people’s sentimentalism. But no one can tell me that it never crossed their minds that the Crescent is the symbol of Islam, just as the Cross is the symbol of Christianity. (Neither started out that way: the Crescent was originally a pagan symbol, and the Cross was a favorite torture device of the Romans.)

As one observer noted, plastering a Crescent across the landscape in tribute to the heroes of Flight 93—to be seen clearly from the air—is like building a memorial to the Holocaust victims in the form of a Swastika. Or imagine the furor had we built the Pearl Harbor Memorial in a pattern that reminded us of the Japanese war flag, with planes and ships extending, beam-like, from a central orb.

The presence of “minaret” in the Memorial design is barely apparent, but only because, living in a non-Islamic nation, we have no need to take note of its function: it is used by the muezzin (crier) to call the faithful to turn toward Mecca and pray. The minaret, five times a day, literally becomes a “tower of voices.” Is connecting the Flight 93 Memorial tower to an Islamic minaret a stretch? Not with the Crescent symbol in proximity.

Is there any better way to insult the heroism of the brave passengers of flight 93 who refused to submit to the will of Islamists?

The MSM has contributed more than their fair share towards the attacking the war on terror. They cannot show Abu Graib enough, but refuse to show the victims of Saddam's torture or the victims of Islamist punishment with the same frequency. The juxtaposition of CNN's insistence that they be allowed to film the recovery of the dead at NO, while refusing to show the most disturbing images of 9/11 does make their contention of unbiased reporting highly questionable. But, of course these are the same people who jump at the chance to reel off casualty lists with no mention of their mission & what they accomplished not any mention of the good done by American troops, not to mention Sheehaning.

Al Jazeera, refused to show the tape of the heroism of Fabrizio Quattrocchi, who fought the terrorists who made him dig his own grave, but had little hesitation reporting the beheadings of Danny Pearl & other hostages who were unable to resist their captors. While, Al Jazeera's behavior is to be expected, at least after 9/11 one would think that the American MSM would change their ways. It is sad that they show very little inclination to do so.

Despite the strides made in Afghanistan, Iraq & Lebannon, as its supporters are unceasing in their efforts to destroy democracy & freedom, the threat of terrorism remains. Freedom isn't free: it must be fought for. It is important that we not remain silent & resist the efforts of those who ally themselves with the groups responsible for 9/11/2001 in order to prevent future 9/11's.

Hat Tip: La Shawn, My Pet Jawa, OTB
Update: A graphic of the red crescent.
Paul Murdock's philosophy.


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