Monday, September 10, 2007

9/11 And Back Again

Here we are, on the eve of another commemorative anniversary of 9/11.

Six years later, what has changed since the day after this fateful and tragic morning?

The fearmongering, fear-stricken madhaters keep on barking and yelping about "Gobal struggle against radical Islamism", "Islamofascism", "Global struggle against terrorism", "protecting our freedoms", "clash of civilizations", "defending Christianity" or even the childish "fighting evil", all the while boasting their cowardly, faux patriotism and exposing their penchant for religious/governmental authoritarianism - the promotion of which constituting their one and only motivation.

What we have are still accusations of treason raised or insinuated against anyone who dares to question the validity of the current Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

What we have are increased chants for more war (e.g. Iran, even Syria).

What we have is the lingering confusion between "supporting our troops" with "supporting the mission".

What we have are thunderous applause and barks of approval in support of aberrations like the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act.

What we have are intractable supporters of illegal domestic spying, denial of habeas corpus, indefinite detentions, torture and secret military tribunals.

What we have are fear-stricken politicians and citizens who not only caved in to the gutting of FISA, but likewise fear-stricken people and politicos who are clamoring, and seeking, for more.

What we have is the worship, however direct or indirect, of a new God whom we now implore in our daily supplications: the Sacrosanct and All-Mighty Security.

And what a powerful Deity it is, this Security.

Indeed - why else are we quite willing to put aside our fundamental rights and our simple human decency, if not our humanity, in Its Name?

Why else do we turn a blind eye to injustice done in Its Name?

Why else do we embrace any and all unconstitutional means to be probed, surveyed and monitored any time and everywhere, day in and day out?

Why else do we accept that the rule of Law be bent, twisted or ignored?

Why else do we remain silent in acceptance while our governments wage war indiscriminately in other countries, against a technique of fighting?

Why else have we slowly surrendered the very principles of our democracies to increasing authoritarianism?

Why else, in the end, have we allowed reason and competence to give way to fear and hate-driven incompetence?

So - what exactly happened on the day after the fateful and tragic morning of 9/11?

We lost and the terrorists won.

Right there and then.

Whatever else has happened in the six years which followed to this day merely constitutes the gradual and methodical enactment of the terms of our surrender.

No more, no less.

Hence, let us remember the victims of 9/11 and cherish their memories.

Let us also remember that we abandonned them by letting terror win.

And let us ask for their forgiveness because of our failure to remain strong and steadfast, having instead given in to fear, hate and loathing.

Let us ask their forgiveness for having handed the victory to the terrorists on 9/12.

And as we mourn them and use their memories once again to further fuel our fear and hate, may they look upon us with compassion and smile kindly upon us nevertheless.

For maybe, just maybe, our memories of them will give us wisdom and strenght this time around - if we but listen to their voices - so that we may at last understand the awful truth:

We have met the enemy and the enemy is ourselves.

(Cross-posted at DKos, at NION, at Suzie-Q, at Progressive Historians and at Diatribune)


  1. Don't be a bobbleheadOctober 9, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    People in the reality-based community should have no problem whatsoever in realizing that the uppermost portion of a skyscraper is not going to be able to "fall" into and THROUGH the remaining vast majority of solid building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly as falling through air without something else (i.e. explosives) reducing said majority of building to such a state of offering no more resistance than air. Can we all agree on that? Sounds pretty straightforward; solid things offer vastly more resistance than air. Anyone who graduated elementary school SHOULD be able to grasp this, and SHOULD be able to therefore grasp that the Twin Towers and WTC # 7 building had to have been controlled demolitions.

  2. Don't be a bobbleheadOctober 9, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    P.S.-- Kos is what's known as a left gatekeeper, someone who pretends to be leftist enough to build up suitable street cred, then uses his position to steer discussion away from areas that make the establishment nervous. Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Moxie Grrrl and other blogs are left gatekeepers, and they have counterparts in other media, such as Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Bill Maher, Alexander Cockburn etc. Their job is to keep discussion of matters within "safe" parameters. Expose them for what they are.

  3. Actually, what you DON'T grasp is plain physics, mass, gravity, materials fatigue/stress/failure, and other such truly reality-based pesky facts.

    As for the rest - you are quite welcome to your conspiracy theories.

    Unfortunately, such have no place here at APOV ...

  4. Oops! I forgot to mention that this article was promoted to the Front Page at NION.


  5. Mentarch you are retarded.

    Read this and be in shame of your apathy and obvious ignorance.

  6. Anon@9:24

    Thank you for acting like a token conspiracy buff(oon).

    We hope you enjoyed your visit at APOV.

    Please do not return - if only because A) we here at APOV deal with verifiable, demonstrated facts, and B) you just called a scientist (yours truly) "retarded".

    In short - you sound and act like a typical primitive mind-thinking, intellectual sloth-driven incompetent.

    I wish you the best in that paranoid-filled dark cave of scary shadows that you live in.


Please feel free to comment on APOV. However, remember to keep in check your tone and respect for all here. Let rational, reasoning, enthousiastic and passionate conversations and discussions rule first and foremost in our participatory democracy, so as to facilitate the free exchange of reality-based facts and ideas. In between, do not forget to have fun and enjoy yourselves ... in other words: keep on rockin'! - Mentarch