Nine Years Ago Today

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Nine years ago today, 19 radical Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed two of them into the 110 story World Trade Center in New York City. Both buildings caught fire and collapsed within hours. The attacks on the World Trade Center resulting in 2,752 deaths.

The Islamic hooligans crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon complex in Arlington, VA and a fourth plane crashed into a rural field near Shanksville, PA after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane. The airliner was suspected to be headed to Washington DC.

All told, the attacks killed a staggering 2,996, including the flight crews on the four commercial airliners, and the 19 Islamic hijackers. While the vast majority of casualties were Americans, nationals of over 70 countries died that awful day.

Despite efforts by revisionist historians to the contrary, we will never forget who is responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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24 Responses to Nine Years Ago Today

  1. Mets Fan says:

    The area around the Twin Towers is still a mess.

    Almost a decade on, and promises by politicians of a new neighborhood have grown silent. The so-called Freedom Tower under construction on the site looks like Architecture school 101 in Berlin and many store fronts remain shuttered.

  2. TOM339 says:

    I never understood why George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Never made sense.

    What he should’ve done was launch the full force of the US military and leveled Mecca. Reduced it to a pile of rubble. Even the Bible says “an eye for an eye.”

    But instead he and Cheney played it safe and invaded the wrong countries, Afghanistan and Iraq and the morons in the Congress gave them permission.

  3. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    I remember that morning like it was yesterday.

    Friends who lived the East Village said it was as if time itself stopped. People were walking around in a daze, and smoke and soot from the crash site filled the air with the stench of burning metal. My friends could never bring themselves to travel to the site of the World Trade Center. It was and remains, too painful and traumatic for them.

    I haven’t been to New York City in probably 20 years and when I do visit the next time, I’m not sure I will go to the 9/11 memorial. We have this terrible tendency in this country to transform everything into a circus-like experience. I’m surprised Las Vegas hasn’t built a ride called “The 9/11 Experience. Only at the Mirage!”

    My friends left New York about a year after 9/11 and took jobs in Atlanta. Better weather, lower home prices and friendlier people were reasons they moved away.

  4. “….the US military and leveled Mecca. Reduced it to a pile of rubble. Even the Bible says “an eye for an eye.” — TOM339

    Tom,

    I think you’re correct.

    We’ve been diddling in Afghanistan 9 years and most military experts who will speak on the record admit our presence there may last another decade and we have what, exactly, to show for it?

    To me, the most odorous and insane aspect of our on-going military presence in Afghanistan follows reports there are just 50 al-Qaeda fighters there. So an army of 100,000 troops can’t defeat 50 terrorists?

  5. feminazi says:

    The two events significant events outside my family events that I remember most is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the day we were attacked nine years ago. I hadn’t retired yet and I was getting to leave for work when the news and images filled the TV screen like a terrible movie. I was in a state of shock and panic. I recall thinking, this can’t happen here. Not in America. But it did happen and we will never be the same.

  6. Big Hank says:

    What angers me is the Bush administration had the intel warning of radical, Islamic groups hijacking commercial airliners and crashing them into high profile American targets.

    Before anyone calls me a kook, this information came out during the US Senate hearings looking into the 9/11 attacks and the testimony provided by former CIA director George Tenet. He said he tried to reach Bush but as usual, Bush was unavailable at his movie ranch in Waco, TX.

    Sorry gang but none of this passes the smell test.

  7. Stephan Iversonn says:

    I agree, Tom. But we should’ve nuked Mecca.

    We nuked two targets in Japan and WWII came to a rapid end. Enemy nations surrendered and joined the greater community of nations. Today, Japan and Germany are two of our closet allies.

    The aftermath of the attacks on America on 9/11 is an example of the negative aspects of political correctness. We now have politicians, academics, media mouthpieces and some bloggers suggest we somehow had it coming. They say we deserved to be hit and now radical Islam knows they can attack America and get away with it.

    Have Americans forgotten the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals? But we invade Afghanistan and Iraq. No wonder the Arab world laughs at us.

  8. Kate Novotny says:

    The Bush administration’s response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were utterly incompetent. Why Obama is following Bush’s template regarding Afghanistan is a mystery to me. I hope and I pray China decides to stop buying our debt so the military madness comes to an end. Even Janet Napolitano says another attack could be on the horizon.

  9. R.J. says:

    My heart goes out to all who were affected by this but ever since day one I’ve been troubled by how the Towers fell. I’ve seen a lot of Vegas casinos come down over the years and the way the Towers fell looked reminiscent of an implosion. It was “too clean” of a collapse to be something that was caused by a catastrophic hit from one side of a building.

  10. Brigadoon says:

    I see Obama is whining about unity and reassuring not the families of the 9/11 victims but instead, he’s busy reassuring Islam that the USA isn’t at war with them. Maybe he needs to run for Ayatollah in Pakistan or Iran? He is far more concerned about them than us.

  11. VicoDANIEL says:

    At the Pentagon today, President Obama said, “As Americans, we will not or ever be at war with Islam.”

    Really, Mr. Obama? Never? Never is a longtime. So, if Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Ayatollahs decide to use their new nuclear abilities to wipe Israel off the map, as they repeatedly promise, who would you order an attack to defend our closest ally, Israel?

    Sometimes I get the impression President Obama lacks the world view and historic understanding of what is being taught at madras across the Middle East and Central Asia. For a Harvard educated man, he seems increasingly lost in the wilderness of global events unfolding before him.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  12. Pechanga says:

    It’s frustrating to watch the media push the victims of 9/11 aside and turn this day of remembrance into a sob-session for radical Islam.

    I will never forget the TV images of the Palestinians in Ramallah partying in the streets over the news the US has been attacked. They were whooping and chanting with pure joy in their eyes.

    Or the 60 Minutes reporter who traveled to Tehran shortly after the attacks and spoke to a group of university students. No one would condemn the 9/11 attack.

    And today Obama says we’re not at war with Islam and never will be?

  13. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    I’m not a foreign policy or security expert — I follow orders, but it sure as hell seems to me if we’re going to have peace in the region the best thing for the USA to do get out of the region.

    They don’t want us there. I’ll repeat.
    They don’t want us there and when you overstay your welcome, trouble always follows.

    Too bad Obama, like Bush before him, can’t understand this concept.

  14. Matteo says:

    From The Washington Monthly

    Remember When it Was a Day of Remembrance?

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_09/025618.php

    Two years ago on this date, in the midst of a heated presidential campaign, the two major-party candidates pulled their television ads and appeared together in New York. It was a reminder that, as recently as 2008, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was still considered unique — a day on which politics and divisiveness were simply out of bounds.

    As you may have noticed, that’s no longer the case.

    Beck and Palin are “commemorating” 9/11 with an expensive event later today; Ralph Reed has his event in D.C.; Newt Gingrich is unveiling some kind of right-wing movie he made; some conservatives are rallying in lower Manhattan to prevent a clothing store from being converted to a community center; and all kinds of candidates are holding campaign events and fundraisers today.

  15. Rinaldo says:

    The reason for being in Afghanistan? It is the base for Al-Queda and Osama Bin Laden is just over the border in Pakistan! That’s reason enough.

    Our goal is not “peace in the region” … our goal is to wipe out Al Queda and kill or capture Osama. We haven’t accomplished that mission yet, so we are still there and will be there until it’s done.

  16. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    Rinaldo,

    I’m trying real hard not to call you dimwitted but if you believe that shit you posted then must also believe in Santa Claus and George Bush really winning the 2000 election.

    FACT: There are 50 al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan.

    Not 500, not 5,000 and not 50,000. There are 50. We now have 100,000 troops there going on nine years. Are you going to tell us 100,000 US troops can’t apprehend 50 al Qaeda terrorists in a nation the size of Montana? Dude, what is wrong with you?

  17. Rinaldo says:

    Eric: Provide source for your “fact” please.

    … but I will say, that even if there really are “only” 50 al Qaeda there, we need to get them … remember Sept 11 was only 19 terrorists.

  18. Chad Lebanon says:

    Rinaldo –

    “We’re going to get [Bin Laden] Dead or alive, it doesn’t matter to me.” – George W. Bush 12/14/2001

    “I truly am not that concerned about him [Bin Laden] .” – George W. Bush 03/14/2002

    So now you’re claiming capturing Osama bin Laden is the reason US troops are in Afghanistan? Time for you to prove your assertion.

    CIA Director Leon Panetta told ABC’s Jake Tapper, “I think at most, we’re looking at maybe 50 to 100, maybe less.”

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/06/cia-chief-maybe-50-to-100-al-q.html

    Eric “Equality” Kuntz was being kind. I’ll go a step further and say you’re just making shit up and now I’ve ripped you a new asshole.

    Next?😉

  19. Adirondacky says:

    I’ve always held it is naive to think we’re actively trying to capture Obama bin Laden. I mean, think about it. If he’s caught, what is the justification for spending half the GDP on the military? As long as the myth of Osama bin Laden is intact, who in the US Congress would ever dream of denying the Pentagon their obscene budgets? Just my opinion.

  20. Estacada says:

    Chad Lebanon,

    When Bush did the 180′ and backed away from his earlier promise to make catching Osama bin Laden his top priority, I knew we were in trouble and he would probably never be caught.

    It all smells of a chapter from Orwell’s 1984.

  21. DMason says:

    Great post and even better comments. I couldn’t bring myself to appear yesterday and say anything. I was too annoyed at how the day was playing out. This was the ninth anniversary of the worst attack on the country but it had been co-opted by the offensive Manhattan mosque, its Imam and Koran burning ministers. How did this happen? Anything else would spoil the mood, and I wanted none of it.

  22. LM says:

    The same people are responsible that are causing Saudi Diplomat Ali Ahmad Asseri to fear for his life:

    Ali Ahmad Asseri

  23. LM says:

    Link didn’t copy. Gay Saudi Diplomat seeks Asylum:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39118941/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa

  24. Rachel says:

    I’m with David. I just needed to stay as far away from the media and blogosphere hoopla yesterday as I could and I don’t regret it. I’m already dreading Sept. 11th, 2011. This will be ten years and the politicians, kooks and everyone else should make complete fools of themselves. Christopher, your blog entry was fine, respectful and factual.

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