Remembrance of things past

I’ve lately seen some complaints out there in the ol’ blogatorium about the upcoming media frenzy commemorating the events of 9/11, and I have to say I can’t agree with those who are so cynically annoyed about it. Not that the cynicism isn’t well-founded, mind you – I don’t kid myself that the media’s motivation for doing this is anything more than what it always is: ratings and, therefore, money. But I still can’t bring myself to consider it anything but a good thing.

What with the incessant foolish sniping about the upcoming Iraq war specifically and the WOT generally, it certainly appears that there are plenty of folks out there who could use a good bit more than a little reminding. Reading through some of the comments sections on other blogs or the editorials from the mainstream newspapers, one would sometimes almost think that 9/11 never even happened, or if it did, it was just an aberration, a relatively insignificant one-time-only thing that occurred in some kind of historical vacuum. That’s a dangerous attitude, and the danger in it is not just vague and nebulous; it’s very direct, and very real.

Of course, in a practical sense, 9/11 WAS an aberration, a one-shot deal. But none of us should imagine for a moment that that simple fact is due to anything other than the enormous outrage and horror all of us felt at the events of that day. It galvanized the entire nation, (with some sad exceptions, of course) and coupled with the fact that we have an administration in place now that, while certainly far from perfect, seems to have laid aside the leftist hair shirt that was designed to prevent America from taking any actions in the defense of its own interests (or to make us feel guilty about even admitting that we HAD any legitimate national interests in the first place), it led to the destruction of a great evil in Afghanistan.

If Al Qaeda could hit us again in as spectacular a fashion as they did a year ago, can anybody not grinding the anti-American axe down to a nub think for a moment that they wouldn’t? The plain fact that they can’t does credit to all of us comprising the left’s version of the Great Unwashed: those of us who believe absolutely that this is and always was the greatest nation on earth. We had been effectively removed from the public debate, made irrelevant by the unceasing derision directed at us by Those Who Know Better in the media, the universities, and the Democrap Party. The betrayal of our national ideals by double-dealing, self-seeking empty suits like Bill Clinton (and plenty of others too) left us with the all-too-widespread notion of patriotism as a quaint form of bumpkin naivet?� at best, or a sinister symptom of greed and disregard for human dignity in other countries than our own at worst. It left us weakened, near-defenseless, unable to even conceive of using our military might except at the behest and under the direction of the UN. There was much anger expressed at the Clinton penchant for lobbing cruise missiles at aspirin factories, and on the right that anger was correctly directed – we were angry because it was a feeble and ineffective response to direct, audacious attacks on the US, and because it was a transparent attempt to deflect attention from other matters by a completely amoral miscreant whose contempt for the military was only held in abeyance when he needed to use it as a political shield for himself. On the left, the anger was directed more at the very idea of using military force at all.

But after 9/11, we were mad as hell and we weren’t going to take it anymore, and that anger has had enormous consequences in the wider world. What the left regards as a mere rube uprising has made the world a little bit safer for those same leftists to spout their nonsense, which is the never-ending irony of the whole thing. There’s still much to be done about terrorism, and as long as we keep trying to do it we’ll hear complaints from those who need protection the most. Europe has lived for so long under the protective umbrella of American military might that they’ve completely forgotten the importance of remaining strong and defiant in the face of deadly enemies. The Pollyanna-ish reliance on negotation, bribery, or “sanctions” to deal with fraudulent, deceitful despots who claim to be our allies while quietly training, equipping, and financing the gobal network of Islamist fanatics has been shown to be laughably inadequate. The prayerful wish that the UN would somehow run things in a just, wise, and effective manner has been shown to be the pipe dream it always was. The fact that the UN just nominated noted humanitarian Muammar Qaddafi for the head of its Human Rights Commission after expelling the US from it last May just puts the icing on the cake; it’s the big red nose that tops off the clown makeup the left has been studiously applying to itself for years now.

But we still need to stay in close touch with the depth of our feeling on 9/11. The horror, the grief, the profound rage has been tempered by a year of war, media hype, and distraction. This tempering, this cooling might be inevitable, but it’s not undoable. And we must forcefully undo it every time it starts to take hold. To become forgetful is to invite disaster. To relax our vigilance and soften our resolve would be an unforgivable posthumous slap in the face to those poor souls who leaped in unfathomable desperation from the top floors of the WTC, to those brave firefighters who went in knowing full well that they were going to die that day, to the indomitable men and women on Flight 93 who plunged their aircraft into the ground rather than allow the terrorist scum the opportunity to take hundreds more innocent lives. It would invite the creeping rot of anti-Americanism, moral equivalency, and weak futility back in to gnaw away at our national soul once more. We can’t afford it. I’d suggest that we all adopt a slogan the Israelis have been using since Masada: never again. The upcoming media orgy, while it might be tacky or morbid, might be ultimately helpful, and I for one welcome it. And I’ll go right on welcoming every single painful reminder until the last terrorist gives up in utter despair brought on by the sure knowledge that his cause is hopeless in the face of our outrage and the terrible swift sword sure to be unleashed on him in full measure as a consequence of that outrage.

Cold fury is not necessarily a bad thing.

CF Archives


Comments policy

NOTE: In order to comment, you must be registered and approved as a CF user. Since so many user-registrations are attempted by spam-bots for their own nefarious purposes, YOUR REGISTRATION MAY BE ERRONEOUSLY DENIED.

If you are in fact a legit hooman bean desirous of registering yourself a CF user name so as to be able to comment only to find yourself caught up as collateral damage in one of my irregularly (un)scheduled sweeps for hinky registration attempts, please shoot me a kite at the email addy over in the right sidebar and let me know so’s I can get ya fixed up manually.

ALSO NOTE: You MUST use a valid, legit email address in order to successfully register, the new anti-spam software I installed last night requires it. My thanks to Barry for all his help sorting this mess out last night.

Comments appear entirely at the whim of the guy who pays the bills for this site and may be deleted, ridiculed, maliciously edited for purposes of mockery, or otherwise pissed over as he in his capricious fancy sees fit. The CF comments section is pretty free-form and rough and tumble; tolerance level for rowdiness and misbehavior is fairly high here, but is NOT without limit.

Management is under no obligation whatever to allow the comments section to be taken over and ruined by trolls, Leftists, and/or other oxygen thieves, and will take any measures deemed necessary to prevent such. Conduct yourself with the merest modicum of decorum, courtesy, and respect and you'll be fine. Pick pointless squabbles with other commenters, fling provocative personal insults, issue threats, or annoy the host (me) won't.

Should you find yourself sanctioned after running afoul of the CF comments policy as stated and feel you have been wronged, please download and complete the Butthurt Report form below in quadruplicate; retain one copy for your personal records and send the others to the email address posted in the right sidebar.

Please refrain from whining, sniveling, and/or bursting into tears and waving your chubby fists around in frustrated rage, lest you suffer an aneurysm or stroke unnecessarily. Your completed form will be reviewed and your complaint addressed whenever management feels like getting around to it. Thank you.

"Mike Hendrix is, without a doubt, the greatest one-legged blogger in the world." ‐Henry Chinaski

Subscribe to CF!

Support options

Shameless begging

If you enjoy the site, please consider donating:

Become a CF member!


Email addy: mike-at-this-url dot etc
All e-mails assumed to be legitimate fodder for publication, scorn, ridicule, or other public mockery unless specified as private by the sender

Allied territory

Alternatives to shitlib social media: A few people worth following on Gab:

Fuck you

Kill one for mommy today! Click to embiggen

Notable Quotes

"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."
Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution

Claire's Cabal—The Freedom Forums


"There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
Daniel Webster

“When I was young I was depressed all the time. But suicide no longer seemed a possibility in my life. At my age there was very little left to kill.”
Charles Bukowski

“A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.”
Ezra Pound

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
Frank Zappa

“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.”
John Adams

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
Bertrand de Jouvenel

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."
GK Chesterton

"I predict that the Bush administration will be seen by freedom-wishing Americans a generation or two hence as the hinge on the cell door locking up our freedom. When my children are my age, they will not be free in any recognizably traditional American meaning of the word. I’d tell them to emigrate, but there’s nowhere left to go. I am left with nauseating near-conviction that I am a member of the last generation in the history of the world that is minimally truly free."
Donald Surber

"The only way to live free is to live unobserved."
Etienne de la Boiete

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

"To put it simply, the Left is the stupid and the insane, led by the evil. You can’t persuade the stupid or the insane and you had damn well better fight the evil."

"There is no better way to stamp your power on people than through the dead hand of bureaucracy. You cannot reason with paperwork."
David Black, from Turn Left For Gibraltar

"If the laws of God and men, are therefore of no effect, when the magistracy is left at liberty to break them; and if the lusts of those who are too strong for the tribunals of justice, cannot be otherwise restrained than by sedition, tumults and war, those seditions, tumults and wars, are justified by the laws of God and man."
John Adams

"The limits of tyranny are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
Frederick Douglass

"Give me the media and I will make of any nation a herd of swine."
Joseph Goebbels

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”
Ronald Reagan

"Ain't no misunderstanding this war. They want to rule us and aim to do it. We aim not to allow it. All there is to it."
NC Reed, from Parno's Peril

"I just want a government that fits in the box it originally came in."
Bill Whittle

Best of the best

Finest hosting service

Image swiped from The Last Refuge

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

RSS feed

RSS - entries - Entries
RSS - entries - Comments

Boycott the New York Times -- Read the Real News at Larwyn's Linx

Copyright © 2024