Whether or not the scum responsible for this morning's attacks on our nation's capital at the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center in New York City had any metaphorical intent or any sense of irony at all our national emergency call is now also the wake up call to arms on a new date that will live in infamy. This is a 911 of the highest priorities at a time when we must act with deliberation and intellect instead of rage.
In times of war it is paramount that our government speak with one voice to the world regardless of political ideology and for the rank and file of public and private citizens to lend full support to our leaders.
The horrific loss of life most of the nation and the world watched on television this morning should underline to the American people the importance of foreign policy and our engagement of peace negotiations throughout the world even in areas that may seemingly have no immediate effect on our national interests.
Whether or not this was state sponsored terrorism or the act of a loose-cannon despot like Osama Bin Laden -- or even the remote possibility this was some nut-job domestic dissidents like the Oklahoma City bombing -- it's time now for our central government to do what it was intended to do -- and that is to protect the citizens of the United States while upholding the Constitution.
In order to have a nation of freedom our founding father's risked everything -- including life and liberty. The lives lost in this latest attack on freedom should be commemorated and honored by upholding the principles on which our nation was founded.
One of the despicable effects of terrorism is the psychological impact on our sense of well being and the temptation to sacrifice personal freedom for personal safety. There would be undoubtedly no end to the satisfaction in the minds and hearts of these international criminals than to watch our nation surrender our liberty as a result of this horrific tragedy.
President Bush has vowed to hunt down these tyrants he called 'faceless cowards' and rightly said it was freedom that was attacked. In the wake of the first attempt to blow up the World Trade Center, the Oklahoma City Bombing, we've seen the almost insane measures taken in airports in the name of security that we've all seen today had little to no effect on persons of malice.
In the words of my late father -- 'locks only keep out honest people'.
In the days, months, years ahead -- the public outcry for security will be loud. But friends -- there is no such thing as security except an absence of malice.
Regardless of the extremes our government may pursue to secure intelligence on events like these we will always be vulnerable as long as we have a nation of freedom. Abandoning that freedom is a greater act of terror on the American people and the counter measures taken by the intelligence community quite often only have an effect on ordinary law abiding citizens and our privacy.
It was the genius of children's book author Dr. Zeus that struck at the real truth of the human spirit and the best weapon against terrorism. Yes. We must stop to mourn. We must stop to secure the airways and our borders. But we cannot -- will not -- let the Grinch steal our spirit of freedom.
America comes together miraculously in times of tribulation. The American Spirit, indeed, the Human Spirit... Will Prevail.
Peace and my heartfelt sympathy to the friends and families of the thousands who died today in the name of liberty.
Between the Lines
Strong words thankfully taken. However, there is more irony behind the numerology(sp?) than simply our nation's emergency code: "Today is 9/11/2001 Nothing special right? Wrong.
60 years ago today, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pentagon was held.
11 years ago today, George Bush Sr. said that Saddam Hussein would fail in his task to take over Kuwait.
The first plane hit the World Trade Center at 9 a.m., it was American Airlines Flight 11, and it hit tower 1 of the World Trade Center"
The above was taken from a post I saw on another message board I frequent. Whether or not there is any irony to the situation at hand, I do not know. Still..one cannot deny the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pentagon link.
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thanks to all of you... always have to do whatever we can...
now if you'll all excuse me I'm off to go castrate the gas station owners who are taking advantage of this tragedy to profiteer...anyone who seeks to profit from this should face the same fate as the perpetrators
Lansing, MI USA
Indeed they do LR. . . in fact, here in MI, the AAA has urged owners of gas stations to stop perpetrating the panic. . . and the Attorney General has been outraged and is trying to see if her office can do anything to get them to stop this disgusting thing. . .
Kosetsu, I did notice the Numerological significance of the day . . . but not that it went that deep. . . wonder if there's more. . .
Yes Sven.. the feds are talking about getting involved too.. but... Bush really didn't go far enough last night -- this is the most significant attack on the US in our history and the full consequenses should have been considered... price freezes should have gone into effect by executive order until panic can be dissapated.