September 11, 2001

by Cato  9/11/14

It took 45 years, following the end of the WW2 alliance with Stalin, to bury communism. It still stalks the world, of course, but as an ideological zombie. It’s no longer as the virulent plague it once was. That role has been taken over by radical Islam.

Virulent plagues are not easily brushed aside. Only those lost in their utopian daydreams or blinded by ideologically rose-tinted glasses think they can be. It takes cultural self-respect, dogged determination, unwavering patience, a steely grasp on cold reality, and power in all its forms to defeat them.

Whether those qualities exist in our President and in the American people remains to be seen, but this photograph should stand as a grim reminder of what awaits if we do not.

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — Santayana


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3 Responses to September 11, 2001

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Commenting on the attacks in FOSFAX, I noted that there would be a lot of changes (especially in security, which we still have — though it’s doubtful the changes actually provide much security).

    I also remember how I first heard about it. A friend called me up to tell me about it. He often reported on things at alternate history websites, and at first I thought that was what he was telling me — but no, it had really happened. (This would have been shortly before noon, since at that point I would have been listening to Rush Limbaugh and would thus have heard the news.)

  2. Cato says:

    My wife and I had spent a couple weeks 30 minutes north of Crested Butte, CO, in a cabin at 9400 feet, up a canyon out of range of radio. We left to come home the morning of 9-11. We were talking about things we wanted to do and never turned on the radio as we drove south. We stopped for gas in Gunnison at 9:30 MDT, 11:30 EDT of course.

    I was paying inside and the clerk, a young girl, just looked at me blankly and said “the buildings fell down”. It sounded like gibberish and I didn’t reply at first, until she pointed at the 10″ TV she had on the counter. We all remember what it felt like when reality first sunk in. Like a punch in the gut.

    We headed cross-country towards Trinidad. I told my wife about what I’d seen and we managed to get ABC Radio tuned in. I had to pull over and let her out of the car, and in truth I was having trouble driving … had something in my eyes. She was enraged. The language was unprintable and she was throwing punches in the air. It was a long day.

    We didn’t see the footage of the towers being hit, then falling, until we reached Amarillo late that afternoon. That’s when the true scale of what had happened hit us both.

    9-11 and JFK’s assassination, two days seared into my mind forever.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      My reaction quickly went to rage and a desire for revenge as well. The JFK assassination was another matter; we were over in Greece, and I heard about it the next morning. It doesn’t have the same effect.

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