So, yeah, fourteen years ago somebody tried to kill me. (more…)
I can in no way ‘beat’ my friend and colleague Dan McLaughlin’s essay on 9/11, and I am not going to try. I was more fortunate than Dan: the World Trade Center was part of my alternate commute, and by September 2001 I was far away from the area anyway (due to an emergency move a few months earlier). But: they tried to kill me, too. I was just lucky enough not to be there when they took their shot.
Not much else to say, at this point, except for the obvious: I am alive, Osama bin Laden is dead, and that’s just fine with me*. Also: I have long taken the position that there were two ways people reacted to 9/11. People either got scared, or they got angry. I got angry; and I’m pretty sure that this was the psychologically healthy reaction**. Because it’s bad to be afraid all of the time. Messes up your head.
*Taunting the living can have a purpose; taunting the dead usually does not.
**Some of the people who got scared also got violent about it, as an examination of the career arc of, say, Little Green Footballs will demonstrate.
Details are still sketchy:
Security officials say a powerful explosion has caused serious damage to Libya’s Foreign Ministry building in the heart of the coastal city of Benghazi.
The early Wednesday morning blast also damaged the building next door housing the Benghazi branch of the Libyan Central Bank.
…and there’s no word yet whether this bombing was specifically done in commemoration of last year’s 9/11 al-Qaeda attack on our consulate (and murder of four Americans, including our Ambassador) in Benghazi, or whether it was done in commemoration of 2001’s 9/11 al-Qaeda attack on the WTC and the Pentagon. Although it’s certainly reasonable for us to embrace the power of ‘and,’ here.
I’ll tell you (heh) truthful: I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear that the Boston Marathon Bombers were domestic, foreign, al-Qaeda, militia, against the wars, against capitalism, against the Jews, against the Christians, against the Muslims… you name it, I’d have been ready to believe it. You don’t need a particular ideology to make and place a bomb.
So I can’t say that I’m shocked that maybe these guys were 9/11 Troofers.
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) April 19, 2013
Which means, by the way: probably not al-Qaeda. Pretty much by definition.
PS: I think that it’s really this guy’s account.
See, this is why we can’t have nice things:
A visitor to the Louvre’s newest extension, in northern France, has been detained after scrawling an inscription in marker on the famed canvas of Eugene Delacroix Liberty Leading the People.
According to Le Figaro newspaper, the woman wrote “AE911″ near the bottom of the canvas. The inscription stands for “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,” a group of individuals who believe George W. Bush is responsible for the collapse of the Twin Towrs in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The group comprises architects, engineers and demolition experts who believe there is empirical evidence to suggest 9/11 was an inside job.
My prayers and good wishes for the families and loved ones of the victims, obviously. As for the rest… I am alive, the men who wanted to kill me and mine are largely dead, and that’s the way I wanted things to turn out. Lot of people call 9/11 a tragedy or a catastrophe: personally, I always saw it as an atrocity. And the American people have a way with dealing with people who commit atrocities. A very, very short way.
But I don’t want to dwell on our attackers. I want to go on with my life and eat my dinner, and only remember those who cannot share that dinner with me.
Business as usual, or light and fluffy? I can do either.
Unlike @allahpundit, I know exactly how to respond to this report that what’s left of al-Qaeda is outraged that the Iranian regime is spinning 9/11 conspiracies: I think that this is a definite problem that needs to be addressed. Personally addressed; the United States of America would be happy to discuss this matter face-to-face, as it were. Heck, we’ll even accommodate the al-Qaeda leadership and come to them.
What’s their GPS coordinates? If they just send them over, we can be right there.
PS: I was going to track down the Onion’s old video on the topic, but they’re not taking the failure of their man-god at all well these days so forget about them.
It’s always entertaining to watch somebody like Paul Krugman demonstrate that he does not, in fact, know how to regulate his own comments section:
I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.
I believe that the technical term for this is ‘epistemic closure.’
Via Hot Air Headlines.
PS: I had more – mostly some technical observations on the proper way to regulate one’s comments section, coupled with a fully-justified sneer or two towards Lefty antiwar projector-types like Krugman – but, really, the better thing to do is not dwell on those poor unfortunates and instead offer up a prayer or two for the lost, and their loved ones.
This is the tenth year anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities; and it is also the first year that I cannot in fact engage in my usual habit of taunting the author of said atrocities by reminding him that he failed, because I am alive and free, and he is in hiding. That is because Osama bin Laden is now dead and almost certainly in Hell*, and there is frankly nothing that I can do or say any longer that would make the slightest bit of difference with regard to his fate. So – being reminded by a friend online – I have instead prayed for the souls of all those who were lost in that atrocities that day, and for all of those who have been lost since then keeping the rest of us safe from further atrocities, and for those people’s loved ones.
I think that this is a good thing to do.
*There is always the chance of repentance. God’s mercy is infinite; you just have to truly want to throw yourself on it.
The Obama administration has abandoned its plan to put Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, on trial in Lower Manhattan, according to administration officials.
The reversal marks the latest setback for an administration that has been buffeted at every turn as it seeks to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And without the backdrop of Ground Zero for a trial, the administration will also lose some of the rich symbolism associated with its attempt to forge a new approach to handling high-value al-Qaeda detainees.
“New York is out,” said an administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been officially announced. “We’re considering other options.”
Try Gitmo. The unilateralist, simplisme cowboy put them there in the first place for a reason, you know. In fact, he actually had a reason for pretty much everything he did…
Crossposted to RedState.
[UPDATE]: Welcome, Instapundit readers.
I mean, I get the central message: “Fine. You want me to cut spending? I’ll cut spending! I’ll show you! I’LL SHOW YOU ALL!”
The Obama administration stunned New York’s delegation Thursday, dropping the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.
The state’s two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government that delivers on its promises to the American people.
So the legislators were floored to learn the Democratic administration does not want to deliver for the tens of thousands of people who sacrificed after 9/11, and the untold numbers now getting sick.
…but I have to point out – like Dana Loesch – that not all programs are created equal, either. This is like something out of an 80s sitcom:
– Bringing Up Barry! (Tuesdays, 8 PM EST): When Barry gets in trouble at school for splurging the Chess Club’s entire budget on a pizza party, it’s up to John to talk to him about spending wisely. But Barry goes too far and hides with the school’s fuses to save money. Wacky hijinks ensue as Sarah tries to talk him out of the furnace room in time to save the Valentine’s Day dance!
Special Guest Star: Erik Estrada, as hip ‘rap’ DJ Ricky Mark.
Or something like that.
PS: Really. This is how it’s coming across.
Crossposted to RedState.