11 years on, the evil of 9/11 still alive and well

September 11, 2012

Never Forget

On the 11th day, of September, 11 years ago this morning, humanity was forever veered off course. Its historical timeline eternally charred by the deaths of thousands of innocents who had done nothing more than awake to another day.

The Kansas sky was just as blue and crisp as the one over New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., that morning, yet by the grace of God, my sky would not be repainted in fire and smoke from the death and destruction unleashed that day.

With no television available, I was spared the initial shock of the live video being broadcast around the world that morning. While my mind created its own images from the radio descriptions, nothing in those descriptions prepared me for the absolute horror that I witnessed in the video replays that evening.

The absolute sickness I felt, the why, the who, the how, the anger, the sorrow for the families, all combined into one dark and rolling cloud of incomprehension.

Eleven years later I am still no closer to comprehending the pure evil of that day.

There have been more “analyses” presented by more “experts” as to the “cause” of 9/11 than a mere mortal could ever read in a lifetime.

But not a one of them include the two most important lessons to be learned:

1. That evil is real, it exists, and it is always but a moment away from changing our lives forever.

2. The evil unleashed on 9/11/01 did not just instantly appear in those planes in the sky that September morn.

It started upon its path with the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, was given numerous passes by a Clinton administration more worried about politics than protecting the nation and overlooked by a Bush administration focused on an economy sinking into recession.

For over 8 years, it taunted us. For over 8 years the signs were there. For over 8 years, it was allowed to grow in the shadows of two different administrations. For over 8 years we ignored every warning sign it sent.

Yet for all our warnings, 9/11 is not unique.

Chamberlain thinking Hitler’s signing a piece of paper was “peace in our time”, Roosevelt blind to the warnings of Pearl Harbor, a single shot in Serbia leading to tens of millions dead during the “Great War” a generation earlier, and on and on it goes.

History is littered with warnings missed and signs not seen. The names of the dead a constant reminder of man’s folly not to see what is right in front of him.

And yet while I write these words today, we haven’t learned one damn thing from 9/11.

While a new evil thrives in plain sight, we are no more willing to make the hard choices today than we were in the pre 9/11 days.

Even though it has made its intentions perfectly clear, even though its resolve is clearly known, it’s “déjà vu all over again”.

Yet another administration, dictated by politics and frozen in fear, refuses to see the reality right in front of its face. Too cowardly to confront, it coalesces around appeasement while the concessions mount and time runs out.

Evil does not abide by signatures on paper and it will not respond to reason nor restrain itself in sanctions. It thrives on weakness and grows stronger with every diplomatic word. It has no respect for humanity as it is by its very nature inhumane.

At its core evil knows but only one thing: strength.

And whether that strength grows stronger from the fools who deny it or is weakened by the brave who confront it, it matters not. Strength, and the force it yields on either side, is all that evil understands.

Osama Bin Laden may finally be gone but the battle is far from over.

The new evil that is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Islamic Republic of Iran looms larger, stronger and more dangerous than any Bid Laden nightmare, yet here we are, blindly walking the very same path that led that evil to our shores in the first place.

As we remember the victims of 9/11 today, do we not owe them at least the basic respect of not repeating the mistakes of the past?

Do we not owe each and every one of them the strength to stand up to evil today; that it will not reign down new terror upon who knows how many innocents tomorrow?

I may be but only one voice, but I speak as loudly and as clearly as I can: We most certainly do.

May God rest the souls of 9/11 and all who have gone in the battles since, and may he give those of us still here the strength to ensure their deaths were not in vain.

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4 Responses to 11 years on, the evil of 9/11 still alive and well

  1. Anson Burlingame on September 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Geoff,nThe timing could not have been worse given the scenes of Egyptians storming our embassy in Cairo and the reports from Libya of the death of an American diplomat and the buring of our consulate in Benghazi, all happening as networks played their “memories of 9/11” with only teletype flashes of events unfolding right in front of us!!!nAs I watched the “news” of those two events last night I thought not of 9/11. Instead I thought of Terhan from 1979.nThen put the backdrop to those scenes and the news reports of our own president refusing to meet with the leader of the one country in the world ready to stand up to such events, Israel.nPresident Netenyahu wants to meet with President Obama to get America to draw a red line telling Iran “do not cross that line”. The President refuses to make such a stand and thus ducks the issue by even telling us WHY he chooses not to do so. He would say, I suspect, “we have more time”!!!!nAnd the Administrations State Department does NOT condemn the attacks in Egypt and Libya, at least inititally. The State Department ONLY apologizes for a private Amerian Citizen stating his religious and poltical sentiments in a video on UTube!!!!nGod forebid that the names Chamberlain and Obama become synonomous in History!! At least Chamberlain did not have the excuse of a political campaign to meet with and appease Hitler!!!nJust imagine what MIGHT have happened had Churchill been in place instead of Chamberlain, way back when BEFORE the start of WWII.nAnson

    • A Nonny Moose on September 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      When I said in my reply to the last post that this was 1980 redux, I didn’t think I meant even right down to embassy attacks, a la Iran in ’79. Apparently I did. It’s coming out now that the attacks have been planned for quite awhile, and that whole “we’re upset about a movie” thing was just a diversion. And why did they attack? Because they knew they’d get away with it. Our response has been very milquetoast with a dash of Monty Python thrown in, amounting to “we’re really sorry that someone in our country has an opinion you don’t like. It’s our own fault for having this silly ‘freedom of speech’ idea in the first place. Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!”. The attacks are disgusting. The fact they knew they’d get by with it is revolting. Our official response is worse than those two combined.

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