My 9/11

My daughter was 6.  We had moved back  to the Poconos, and I was commuting down to my office in Montgomery County, Pa, that year, and I would drop her off at her Montessori school on my way.

That morning,  after I did so, I tuned  to a news station.

At first, it seemed like I was hearing about an  awful aviation accident, like Flight 800. .  The news reporters were almost incredulous: “A plane….has hit the World Trade Center!”

I drove on.    And then, of course: the second plane.

I called my husband, who at first was rather cavalier about it.  Should I turn around? Was school cancelled?  No, it wasn’t. I drove on, away from home and my child, my anxiety increasing with every mile.  Then the school did decide to send the kids home; my husband picked up our daughter.    So she was safe with her father.  I drove on.

I arrived  at my office, having heard more about the day’s events than my colleague or our secretaries, who had the radio in the office tuned to a “Clear channel” type station which I don’t even think interrupted the Muzak with the news.  I sat there.  I was crying.

I was  crying because  by this time it was clear that this was an Islamist attack. (And yes, on that day we heard news reports about celebrations in the mosques, although now,  those reports  have been scrubbed,  and we mustn’t mention them, have to  pretend we don’t know they happened).  And what I thought, what made me cry,  was: in this country, we have freedom of religion.  We will not be able to identify who may be an Islamist!  Any of our neighbors could convert and begin bombing, poisoning.

Farewell the tranquil mind.

For days,  I cried when I saw the awful picture of the burning towers, so like the ill-opened Tarot card.  I fantasized about how wonderful it would be If the attack had been foiled, and Leno and Letterman were making jokes  about those   idiots who actually thought they could destroy New York City with a few boxcutters!  Actually thought they could topple the World Trade Center!   The studio audience guffaws!   And we would never know how close we had come…..how I longed for that blissful ignorance.

Life went on.  I continued my commute, but from that day on I listened to KYW News Radio every minute I was on the road, so I wouldn’t be taken by surprise if—when—the next attack occurred.

9/11 blighted the security of my motherhood, siphoned from my  absorption in my career.

But oh, I’m glad I didnt  know then what I know now: that instead of surveilling and curtailing this vile  bloodthirsty creed, instead of keeping its adherents at a distance, our country, inexplicably, embraced  it and them!  Their number as immigrants increased! Mosques proliferated!

I was furious when my daughter’s Montessori school, that year, decided to teach the kids about Ramadan.  I wanted my daughter taught to duck and cover at the sight of a hijab.  That, in retrospect, was my first clue.

Oh, for a while I thought it was kind of…exemplary. There were no incidents of backlash against Muslims.  The Koran sold out in bookstores.  America had to be the most tolerant nation ever to grace the face of this benighted planet.

But now, I feel we missed an opportunity.  Or rather, we were deliberately steered away fro an opportunity, by Bush’n’ Blair an their “ religion of peace!” propaganda. Whose side were they on? 

Let’s suppose America had displayed a justifiable, universally expected suspicion of, dislike of, nay, hatred of, Muslims, just some basic instinct for self-preservation!— in the wake of 9/11.  Could we possibly be any more vilified by the Red-Green Alliance that we have been and presently are, despite the unprecedented tolerance, the humility and self-examination we exhibited?

I do not think so.

We protected  and nurtured  a scorpion in our bosom.   Our vey breast is scarred and withered and hardened with its poison.  My life was shadowed, yours was , too, O Ratty.

”We will never forget!”  Remember those T-shirts, bumper stickers?

A promise broken, buried in spurious, sanctimonious, traitorous falsehoods.

Do not forget.

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39 thoughts on “My 9/11”

  1. PhCheese:
    And then we elected BHO. What the hell were we thinking?

    Exactly ! That’s another example, perhaps the most extreme one, of our  country’s tolerance, humility ( yes, that’s what I said, because what is “humility” except to love one’s enemies, to put others, even enemies, before ourselves?)  and general good nature.

    But as I  said in the OP, we might as well have dragged Muslim Americans and Muslim aliens outta their homes and burned ‘em in the public squares, for all the credit we get from the Red-Green Alliance!    Could Omar, Beto, possibly have a lower opinion of the US than they presently exhibit?

    There is no other country in the world, none, N.O.N.E., which woulda elected a “Barack Hussein” just 7 years after a devastating and murderous attack committed by Muslims to whom those names are sacred, and in the case of “Hussein”, symbolic of warlike  conquest.

    And yet…the US is the most xenophobic, insular, bigoted country the world has ever known?  Far worse, oh, so much worse!—than its former European colonial masters with their centuries-long, never-ending religious slaughters, their internecine mayhem, their territory-grabbing wars?

    Why does anyone swallow this lie, with proof to the contrary having been demonstrated in our own lifetimes?

    But they do.  And that bodes even worse for the future, after  this generation has passed away.

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  2. Don’t forget there were a multitude of “progressives” who, after the initial shock, decided we deserved it. (I’ll never forget former President Clinton comparing this to the Unibomber in OK City.) Those were times that on an emotional level, I actually wished for some vigilantism. Ok, I admit – my bad – but I was also extremely p***ed off at our president for inviting an Imam to the Washington Cathedral service.

    Not to mention my reaction to the construction of a mosque 2 blocks from our sacred site… For the first time in my life, I supported NYC unions who refused to provide construction workers for this. Apparently the Muslim contractors managed to overcome this obstacle by importing workers from other states for exorbitant wages.

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  3. The “9/11 mosque” opposition was an exercise in futility.  There’s a federal statute, the Religious Land  Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which supersedes local zoning and essentially says that if, in a given district,  an assembly hall for any secular purposes would be permitted, then a place of religious assembly must be permitted.

    The  Islamists know how to use our own laws against us.

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  4. Water under the bridge, but Rudy wouldn’t have allowed this to happen. He was an outstanding mayor but was an even more talented lawyer. He would have found the loophole.

    The biggest crisis I was witness to occurred in the late 90s when the KKK planned a rally at Union Square in lower Manhattan. Well, we all knew what absolute chaos that was going to create but former NYC AG Giuliani knew the law:

    No masks or personal costumes allowed when speaking in public. Nobody from the KKK had the guts to face a NYC crowd without a disguise.

    What a master stroke! I admire RG for many reasons but this is on my top five list.

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  5. I rarely watch TV but a daughter called me from NM and told me to turn on the TV, just in time to see the second plane hit. I went into a rage that has not left me since.  My family and some friends call me an “Islamophobic nut” and indeed I am. I hate islam with a hatred I cannot describe. I sat there that morning watching people jumping to their deaths rather than burn to death. I watched the tower fall, I cried for our country, with the vast majority of our people not having a clue about islam. Then, all our planes being grounded while Bush was letting all the Saudis leave and other muslim groups go, and I knew that somehow our government played a part in it. All these years later we are beginning to find out how and why. The Conservative Tree House is my go to blog for forthcoming information. The Clintons, the Bushes, the Obamas and their cohorts need to be hung as traitors. If I was angry then, my rage now is even worse. I’m an old lady so will probably never have the satisfaction of watching any of them hang.

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  6. EThompson:
    No masks or personal costumes allowed when speaking in public. Nobody from the KKK had the guts to face a NYC crowd without a disguise.

    I like these laws.  There were unexpected benefits here in Georgia last (?) year–the KKK got a parade permit with that condition.  Antifa showed up to rumble, and several of them were arrested for wearing masks.  The whining from Antifa was schadenfreudelicious.

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  7. I was at work in my office with the door closed focused on a program I was working on when a fellow engineer came in and told me about the first plane.  I had no idea that anything had happened.  Ever since then, I am continually listening to the radio.

    The office was about 5 miles from Dulles Airport and there was a worry that Dulles could also be a target, so I waited for several hours before I tried to drive home.  My wife and I then spent the night watching the TV replays.

    Although our house is out in the country, we are often in the flight path to and from Dulles.  We are also far enough out that our area is used for pilots taking flying lessons.  It was really weird for the next several weeks to have absolutely nothing in the air.

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  8. Hypatia:
    The  Islamists know how to use our own laws against us.

    They get great legal support from Leftists at Progressive law firms.

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  9. KayofMT:
    Then, all our planes being grounded while Bush was letting all the Saudis leave and other muslim groups go, and I knew that somehow our government played a part in it.

    Whoa.

    Stop.

    Bush did let the Saudis leave.   He did not let them leave while commercial flights were grounded.

    On September 13 the ban on commercial flights was lifted.   Very few scheduled flights departed on schedule, because the planes needed for them had been grounded on Sept. 11.   So, most flights on Sept. 13 were trying to get stranded people to their original destinations, or to move planes in preparation for resumption of full schedules on Sept. 14.   That is when the Saudis were allowed to send a charter flight around to collect relatives of the Saudi princes.   Other Saudis evacuated using regular commercial flights, or caught a charter that went around a few days later.

    It was bad enough that W let the Saudis evacuate persons who should have been deposed regarding the hijackers and their pals.   But Ratburger.org does not need to spread misinformation that is connected to gravely dangerous conspiracy theories.

    When you say “somehow our government played a part in” 9-11, you have left the bounds of reason and evidence and left me behind.

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  10. Hypatia:
    The “9/11 mosque” opposition was an exercise in futility.  There’s a federal statute, the Religious Land  Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which supersedes local zoning and essentially says that if, in a given district,  an assembly hall for any secular purposes would be permitted, then a place of religious assembly must be permitted.

    The  Islamists know how to use our own laws against us.

    This law was in reaction to some Blue cities in Blue states that are so hostile to Christianity that churches could not obtain building permits.

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  11. “When you say “somehow our government played a part in” 9-11, you have left the bounds of reason and evidence and left me behind.”

     

    Probably fake news as I wasn’t deeply involved in politics then, but that is what I gathered from various news sources. In the meantime, I am currently reading different sources now that our government ignored all the warnings about an impending problem. The fact that there were so many warnings is not a conspiracy theory, nor have I left the bounds of reason, as my reason is still intact. I am not claiming our government set it up, but they ignored all the warnings.

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  12. All religions are also ideologies, but not all ideologies are religions….?  Is that  accurate?  Maybe not; the term “ideology” implies that all one’s ideas will be contained within that framework, so perhaps ideologies are religions too?  The main difference is that if it’s a religion it wilL involve reverence, worship, supplication, whereas an ideology, like magical practices, commands rather than supplicates, birth in its propaganda and throughpolicies  calculated to  bring about the result.

    So Islam is a religion.?  So what?  It is the syncretistic offspring of Judaism and Christianity, was my point.

    It has everything in common with them and nothing in common with Eastern religions which concentrate on mediations to escape this  world into nothingness, and which believe in reincarnation and periodic cycles. Like Judaism and Christianity, Islam takes  place within history and its adherents believe in influencing historical events by conquest, as the Hebrews did in the OT, and by proselytization, as Christians did in theNT and still do.  That is very Western. That is quintessentially Western.

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  13. KayofMT:
    In the meantime, I am currently reading different sources now that our government ignored all the warnings about an impending problem. The fact that there were so many warnings is not a conspiracy theory, nor have I left the bounds of reason, as my reason is still intact. I am not claiming our government set it up, but they ignored all the warnings.

    You’re exactly right and as I posted earlier, I place the onus on WJC. The CIA was totally aware of bin Laden and his intentions and had been looking for him for years before 9/11 to no avail. Finally, he was found and Clinton let the opportunity slip away to capture or kill him. I don’t think this was a conspiracy but a complete lack of will and an attempt to protect his political standing. He wanted no blood on his hands. What irony.

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