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Remembering the 9/11s

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: GOP Fear, GOP lies, personal, pseudo-Christians )

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This is a repetition of the editorials I published in both 2011 and 2014, with minor alterations to bring it up to date.

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Joanne D (38)
Monday September 11, 2017, 1:38 pm
Thank you.

I am not a big student of bio-rhythms, although a few things have happened in my life that have made me wonder whether there is something to them. This morning I am wondering whether it being 9/11 partially explains why I could probably do two more “Everyday Erinyes” just from the content of just the first Raw Story newsletter of the day.

Never forget. And be well and safe.


Ted W (127)
Monday September 11, 2017, 2:12 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!!!! RESIST!! I recall 9/11 vividly-as we watched on television, my wife grabbed my left are and exclaimed "oh Ted"-what we were seeing almost seemed surreal at the time-i feeling of insecurity that I had never felt before crept into our lives-lest we forget!! Thanks for sharing, Tomcat!!

Pat B (356)
Monday September 11, 2017, 2:36 pm
There are days that I remember exactly where I was, when I heard the news. The tragic assassinations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, Rev. Martin Luther King, the OK city bombing, and 9/ll to name a few.

Yes, sad day indeed. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Loved ones who died, and remembrances deep in our hearts. Forevermore.

Great read, Tom. Thanks!

Nita L (120)
Monday September 11, 2017, 3:00 pm
Great article TC. Thank you.

David C (129)
Monday September 11, 2017, 3:21 pm
thank you, much to think about on a very solemn day

Colleen L (3)
Monday September 11, 2017, 4:06 pm
Great article. Can't believe it was 16 years ago. So tragic. Thanks TomCat

Peggy B (43)
Monday September 11, 2017, 4:13 pm
Good article. TYFS

Kathleen M (211)
Monday September 11, 2017, 4:39 pm
Brilliant post! Thx for sharing TC.

JL A (281)
Monday September 11, 2017, 5:16 pm
I read this morning about a Saudi trial run for this event...I heard the initial as I was dropping my daughter off at school (they handled it poorly), did my hour commute only to be told government offices were closing...thanks TC

Mitchell D (87)
Monday September 11, 2017, 6:36 pm
"When we react to insecurity and terrorism with fear we worsen the problem, we create a frightened, barricaded society--a fortress America.  Instead we can use courage and compassion to respond calmly, with both prudent action and a fearless heart...'The enemy is delusion.'  Delusion blames others, creates enemies, and fosters separation.  The truth is that we are not separate.  War, economic injustice, racism,and environmental destruction stem rom the illusion of separateness.  It is delusion that separates us from other tribes and from the trees and the oceans on this increasingly small planet."
That was written in 2008, in "The Wise Heart...," by Jack Kornfield, and applies to today's world, in spades!!

Walter F (129)
Monday September 11, 2017, 7:41 pm
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who still grieve the loved ones they lost on that day and to those who are still reliving the horrendous trauma they went through ,Our utter condemnation to those who planned the attack.those who carried it out ,and to those who applauded it .They are , and always will be beyond forgiveness. Thanks for the editorial Tom ,it was straight to the point.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday September 11, 2017, 10:17 pm
Yes and will will always remember that day.
Thank you for the Interesting Article
Thank you TomCat

Jim P (3257)
Monday September 11, 2017, 10:41 pm
I remember 9/11 as I saw, live on TV, at work after having given my shift report. I still see having the image of the second tower being hit by a plane…

The day shift nurse asked me who was behind it and I answered, "Osama Bin Laden" without taking my eyes off the tv screen. A couple of days later, he asked me how did I know who did it… The name just popped into my head without thinking as I watched the events unfolding before my very eyes.

I went home, turned on the TV and watched it all until I fell asleep. Normally, I usually go to bed after working all night on the noc shift at the hospital.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 3:48 am
“If we practice oppression, we guarantee resistance. If we practice partnership, we will get cooperation.” — AMEN!!!

Look what happened in Iraq and the subsequent travails.  And now Drumpf is mulling over Afghanistan, not to help rebuild it, but to rape the land of its resources for the benefit of Americans, not Afghanis.

Like many people, I remember where I was and what I was doing when we received the news that there had been a terrorist attack on New York.  I was at work and approving mortgages because another manager was away.  Calling a short meeting of all the staff, I informed them of the situation as I knew it at that time and said the television would be set so people could find out what was happening.  We still had work to do, but this was of international importance.  I had one of my tech savvy employees rig up the television that was primarily used for training videos and attempt to get reception.  We did not have cable and in a metro area of over 1 million people, cable is a necessity for such things.  I don’t remember what he did, but we finally got reception, although it was somewhat fuzzy.  For us, it was about 900 – 930 hours as I recall.

We of course had replays of the crashes later followed by live streaming of some of the rescue work.  It has been 16 years since this happened but in many ways, it seems like yesterday.

In addressing a joint Session of the US Congress on 08 December 1941, President Franklin D Roosevelt said: 

“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

Substitute 09 September 2001 for “07 December 1941” and terrorists for “naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” and we have a similar situation — another day which will live in infamy.

Lona G (80)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 5:35 am
I haven’t had time to comb through our newspaper yesterday (9/11) but I have to admit that no news program documentary, or article mentioned it. In the past sixteen years most countries had their own share of tragedies, some caused by man/terrorists, others by nature’s outrage. For Europe and Australia I can say that people remember 9/11, of course, but we no longer commemorate it.

The scars to heal are not ours of course, and those inflicted on America ran very deep, and still do. I wish had brought a better understanding between Americans and between America and the rest of the world, though. I’m sure it did in the first few years, but time seems to have eroded most of it. As you so eloquently put forward, TomCat, lessons learned after 9/11 have soon been forgotten, or rather buried by right-wing forces both in America and abroad. As Roger Cohen describes in his Op-ed in The New York Times today:

The assassins of Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi and John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King took the lives of great men but did not destroy their ideas. Perhaps they reinforced the immortality of those ideas. The assassin of Yitzhak Rabin and the mass murderers of 9/11 dispatched by Osama bin Laden were, however, more successful.

I gather that Drumpf’s National Security Advisor McMaster had a strong political correct influence on Drumpf’s 9/11 speech and had him delete all references to radical Islamic terrorism, i.e. to any ideology behind the 9/11 attacks. Drumpf apparently “was allowed” to speak only of “those terrible terrorists” whose attack on 9/11 was worse than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A matter of Drumpf opinion?

William C (0)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 7:17 am
Thank you.

W. C (7)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 8:31 am

Ben O (153)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 10:04 am
I remember 9/11 very well. It was surrealistic, a very sad day...

Winnie A (179)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 10:50 am
It seems like only yesterday . . .

TomCat S (128)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 1:50 pm
Thanks all! Hugs! Stars are back!! :-)

Dot A (182)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 4:45 pm
God bless. What a day that cannot fade. Our reality changed, our society altered in ways that today seem normal, and our comprehension of evil became as vivid as the image chosen to display as the event of 9/11. - It was just after the alarm went off for me, and the radio was telling of a plane crashing into the NY tower. My gut instantly turned gray with doubt. As the 2nd plane tore through the next building, my mind went, "Holy $hit!" I saw the towers melt into the history of an American tragedy. My heart was broken, just as it is today. My prayers continue for each one who suffered in any way, whether it be emotional, physical, or any form of loss. My prayers continue that we become wiser as a people and protect ourselves from the hatred and violence of vengeful, jealous, violent groups who are taught from infancy to do great harm upon others. - I like to read the comments here of so many others with compassionate personalities and caring hearts. It gives me a sense of hope that my prayers are in unison with a great many others of like desires. A future worth living is born of such kindness as here. Thanks as always, dear Tom Cat.

Vivian B (169)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 6:18 pm
I remember that day. I was in line to drop my kids off for school. We were talking about it being like a Cessna and wasn't much to worry about. Kids got out and I went home. Then the second plane hit. It's a blur after that.
It reminded me of the day of the bombing in Oklahoma City. At work, I watched the windows as they sucked in from the explosion. The windows held up, BUT, there was SO much more to it than first thought. Just like with the planes coming down.
A galaxy of stars for EVERYONE! Thanks, TC!

Glennis W (398)
Tuesday September 12, 2017, 8:56 pm
You All will be forever remembered Dearly in g my heart R.I.P. Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Winnie A (179)
Wednesday September 13, 2017, 6:52 am
We must never forget

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday September 13, 2017, 12:00 pm

Kudos to Dot.

Marija M (29)
Wednesday September 13, 2017, 2:42 pm
That was one of very sad days, yes, but there are so many similar days all over the world nowadays.

TomCat S (128)
Thursday September 14, 2017, 10:03 am
Amen Marija.

Animae C (514)
Monday September 18, 2017, 7:27 pm
i still shudder when i remember....
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