Thursday, September 14, 2006

Enough Already

I don't know about the rest of you, but I for one have had about all I can take with the 911 memorials. All day Monday, the past month and continuing still, I have been reminded time and again about the horrible events of five years ago.

Do we need to remember? Of course... but we don't need to be obsessive about it. We make miniseries about the events, movies, documentaries, commissions, debates after debates and then more debates. We cannot let any opportunity go to talk about the heroes of 911. How many different ways can we use the term "HEROES"?

There were many heroes that day. That is indisputable. The first responders, those aboard flight 93, John O'Neill, the man who sat with his quadriplegic friend instead of evacuating and this list goes on and on. But for the majority who died that day, tragic as it was, they were victims. No more heroic than someone killed needlessly in a car crash. I'm sure that will make some people unhappy but it's the truth.

America, instead of fighting to win a war, has been distracted by this pity-fest.

Five years after Pearl Harbor, American soldiers were sitting in Japan drinking Sake with Japanese geisha girls.

Five years after "Remember the Alamo!", Santa Anna was defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto and Texas was an independent country.

Five years after "Remember the Maine!", the United States controlled the Philippines, several Caribbean islands and Cuba was an independent country.

Now I'm sure many of you will point out that after World War II, the Cold War started. Texas became a state, but then succeeded from the Union in the Civil War. And of course Cuba is a communist nation.

But still, America was challenged and America answered.

Five years later after 911, we are still fighting the Taliban. With weapons no more modern than those used in Vietnam, these fighters still haven't relinquished Afghanistan. in fact, they have recaptured territories they lost.

I'm not even going to get into Iraq.

Just yesterday we had the opportunity to kill almost 190 Taliban fighters but declined the opportunity because it was near a cemetery. How are we going to win a war when we have such ridiculous rules? Islamic fighters use mosques and cemeteries to store weapons and to launch operations but we let 190 fighters, some of which will surely later kill American soldiers, walk away.

Let's win this war. Whatever it takes. Remember 911, but wouldn't it be better to celebrate victory?


At 10:07 AM, Blogger Constipated Cowboy said...

Great idea genius. Why don't we nuke the entire Islamic world? That way we can be sure that we win the war. 9/11 is the most significant date for this generation. It showed America could be attacked. America was vulnerable. Every life taken that they was a hero.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Does that include Mohammed Atta and the rest of the hijackers?
Maybe you don't know this, but this wasn't the first terrorist attack against the United States.
Try to do some basic research.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

AC, I do understand where you are coming from, and the fact that we weren't allowed to take out the enemy because they were near a cemetery is dispicable stupidity! We have the left to thank for imposing all this crap on our military. I believe they have become the best friends the terrorist have ever had! Problem is, they're too unbelievably stupid to realize that if they are confronted by terrorists, they will be killed in a heartbeat.

I do understand the blogburst though and took part in it because I understood the desire to humanize the victims and not have them just known to us as a number. Having said that, I'm glad that it is over.

As far as tv coverage of the event, I believe it's necessary in order to wake some people up. Many Americans are walking around with their heads stuck up you-know-where, because they tend to have memories about as short as a fly's penis. (Do fly's have those?) Anyway, you get my drift.

My real complaint is the same as yours: We need to fight this war and to be allowed to fight it the way wars have always been fought: with the intention of actually winning it. We don't need anymore sorry-assed liberals running our military and frustrating our troops. It drives me nuts!

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

BTW: Please forgive constipated cowboy... after all, he's constipated. That really does effect one's disposition.

Of course every person was not a hero in the true sense of the word, and certainly not Mohammed Atta and the remaining hijackers!

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I'll take it one step further. Such ridiculous and ineffective rules of engagement DISHONOR 9-11, and prove that even THAT hasn't taught us one iota about our enemies!

Islamofacsists the world over are laughing at us. AGAIN.

At 12:38 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

If the (in my opinion) excessive news coverage does indeed wake people up Gayle, then I can see why it could be justified.
Personally though, I think it starts to immunize most jurors have been known to do. I don't have any statistics or proof of this, it's just how I feel.

All the tributes done for the victims did make it more personal. It obviously was a lot more than just buildings.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

brooke, in Afghanistan they killed an Afghan governor and then blew up a bomb at the funeral.

I don't see any justification for not taking advantage of the moment.

Where would we be if Clinton had taken advantage and either killed or captured bin Laden when Sudan was basically giving him to us...not to mention killing him when they had him spotted by a predator drone?


At 2:08 PM, Blogger benning said...

I don't think I agree with the idea of ending the tributes, AC. Americans are too quick to forget, and too quick to forgive. But the rest ... yep! Get on with the job, get it done, and let those who complain about all of our efforts piss into the wind.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

I probably shouldn't be taking part in this discussion as I am coming from a different part of the world and different psyche.

In Oz we tend to get over things much faster than in you guys in the US (please understand this is only by judging the appearances).
E.g. we had a similar disaster to Katrina last year (at least proportianlly), nobody talks about it in Oz anymore.
The whole Aussie psyche is set on fixing/dealing (in most cases) rather than analyzing 'why'.
I am not saying this is better than your approach.
Sometimes it gives other the impression that we are shallow and not 'caring'.

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Obob said...

Not to sound cold or callous, how about we find a Taliban village, including civilians/thier family and carpet bomb them. Something in a Dresden-esque manner. Level the village, let the media in, then level another 15 minutes later.
And not apologize.

At 5:33 AM, Blogger kevin said...

Less than half the nation wants to fight back.

At 5:33 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

benning..I'm not saying we should altogether stop the tributes, it just seems that we've almost become obsessed with them. I'm sure that this will be the last large memorial until the 10-year anniversary, but then America will once again become consumed by 911.
I just hope we will have captured/killed bin Laden by then.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...'s funny that you mention Dresden. My wife and I were talking about it the other night. We bombed that city relentlessly for no other purpose than that we could. That's not the tactics I'm calling for.
I'm saying that we should take advantage of all military targets and opportunities. If we are worried about a stray bomb in a cemetery (where all the collateral damage would already be corpses) and miss out killing almost 200 enemy soldiers, something's wrong.

At 5:42 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

I know Kevin...but I don't understand it.
How felis is talking about Australia, is how this country used to be. Let's get on with the job. We can take all the time we want later for memorials.
I want to see Osama in a prison or dead.

At 5:45 AM, Blogger Obob said...

As vile and "typical-American" as this sounds, I am advocating the leveling of the villages civillians be damned. Our weakness is our restraint, as you have pointed out. We go to great pains to prevent collateral damge, maybe we cross the line.
Nobody likes to see pictures of dead children killed by our bombs, not that the MSM is shy about showing us what the US has done by acident like we did it on purpose, but we scream for carnage, let's remind the world what it is.
I know this seems cruel in strategy, but I'm also stirring the grey matter at the same time.


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