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#18411
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
My sincere Condolences to the families of the Civilians and Heroes that died 5 years ago today.

Mari and I will light a candle at our local firehouse up the street where no fewer than 10 firefighters sacrificed themselves with bravery and honor and selflessness that horrific and confused morning.

We will also not forget those who continue to fight and give their lives for our country and it's citizens. If I am uncertain of the politics of my country, I am not uncertain that those who are sacrificing their lives deserve my understanding, respect, and perhaps also forgiveness.

As New Yorkers, Mari and I both have strong emotions from that day and the following weeks. This morning we watched the TV and held each other and cried a little for those who have lost ones they love. Mari and I experienced that day seperately. We did not know each other yet. Since then, we found each other in this world and we are very thankful and grateful to still be here and to have found lasting Love.

I hope that the peoples of this vast world can ultimately find peace and that we can live in harmony regardless of our differences or beliefs.
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#18412
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Amen.
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#18413
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Hoorah!
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#18414
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I cross my fingers. Amen to that.
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#18415
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Stefan,

As a veteran and a former Federal police officer, with a father who was a volunteer firefighter for fifteen years, I want to thank you and Mari for the candle and the sentiments.
Through the viciousness of fanatics, and the laxity of some of our officials, we got surprised that day; we let our guard down, and OBL and his gang of cowards slipped a left hook and a right cross to our heartlands.
But they found out that, although they staggered us for a few seconds, we are NOT down for the count. In fact, our response nearly crippled them. Unfortunately, politics and personal feelings and ambition stepped in and distracted us from finishing the fight. But we won't be deflected from our goal forever; Al Qaida and their fellow thugs WILL be erased from the world; it's just going to take a bit longer than Americans expected.

On a different tack, I wish we had gone right ahead and rebuilt a new pair of towers, with the 'footprint' rotated 90 degrees, so the original foundations of the towers themselves were preserved as memorials. I think there could be no finer tribute to the courage of the firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and others, who ran to the rescue, unheeding of the danger to themselves. Also, the defiance to Osama Bin Laden and his barbarians by saying "Here we stand; you can break our hearts and our buildings; you can NEVER break our faith in ourselves, in our nation, and in our belief in what WE hold sacred." Ot would be a challenge to barbaric terrorist cowards everywhere; those murderous, petulant children who scream and break their and everyone else's toys because they can't rule the nursery; saying "You will NOT conquer us; we are NOT ancient Rome, and you are certainly NOT Attila the Hun!"

Or as Robin Williams said, in a very non-comedic statement after 9/11, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor now stands there with her baseball bat on-shoulder and cocked, saying, "C'mon, you want a piece of me? Try it!"

See ya!

Jim
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#18416
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I have sadness in my heart for the Americans that died on September 11th, 2001. I have sadness as well for the heroes that have sacrificed their lives for our country since. And I have nothing but hatred for the enemies of our nation that inflicted this upon us, and that hide in civilian garb among innocents.

Ah, for the days of fighting Hitler and the nazis. At least they went in uniform, so you could tell the evil from the good.

I hope for a brighter future for our nation and our allies, and a cold grave for our enemies.

I think it's good to remember the dead, and to cherish the living.
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#18417
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I was driving home from work yesterday and saw a group of anti-war protesters standing by the Washington Monument on Charles Street, here in Baltimore. One sigh they were holding was an obviously home-made banner that said "U.S.: #1 Terrorist Nation" and some other garbage. I proceeded to rant and rave for several miles (my poor carpool rider is a pacifist, but one with brains; I think I scared her). One of my comments was that OBL and Co. are cowards, because they refuse to wear a uniform, and that "Don't EVER call the U.S. terrorists, because while we may do some pretty stupid things - and the Iraq War has become one of them - we don't normally murder innocent civilians, and we don't slink around hiding in the civilian population; we wear a uniform when we invade a country!" She didn't have much to say after that. Considering some of the political debates(?) we've carried on in the car some afternoons, that was very different.

Those are two of the major identifiers of terrorists; one, they will NOT wear a uniform, or anything that renders them easily identifiable. Two, they WILL attack ANYONE, soldier, civilian, men, women, children. Rich man, poor man, beggarman, thief; doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief - to misquote the old nursery rhyme. They just DON'T CARE. They are rabid dogs, and should be treated as such. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a proponent of the old Soviet Union or it's Communist regime, but one thing to keep in mind: When Al Fatah kidnapped, murdered, and returned - in pieces - several Soviet diplomats in Syria or Lebanon (I'm not sure which), the Soviet spetznaz team attached to the embassy in question went into action. Less than 24 hours after the mutilated remains of the diplomats were dumped outside the embassy, multiple Al Fatah terrorists were captured, decapitated, circumcised at a very high setting, as it were, then dumped outside Police headquarters - with a note in Russian explaining who they were, why they were killed, and who killed them - and invited criticism by the police or further retaliation by Al Fatah. Nothing was ever said or done - by anyone.

NO, two wrongs do NOT make a right - but NO Soviet Diplomat was EVER TOUCHED AGAIN - anywhere in the Middle East. Afghanistan, yes, oh Hell yes! - but nowhere else.

Think of it as deterrence.

See ya!

Jim
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#18418
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I agree with about everything you've said except the Iraq war. If you compare how that is going to post-WWII Europe, especially Germany, we're doing pretty well. Remember, it took decades to rebuild Europe, it'll take awhile for Iraq and Afghanistan.
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#18419
9/11 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
pf -

My complaint about Iraq is that we went in there to get rid of an out-and-out barbarian and mass-murderer. We also wanted to establish a democratic government. These are good, noble causes, even though the Iraqis may not WANT democracy - at least, we were going to give them the choice of what kind of government they will have.

The problem NOW is that we are in the middle of a Civil War - and we have no business there, just as England had no business in OURS, and was wise enough to stay OUT of it. Unfortunately, Dubya is so deep into oil that he either CAN'T or WON'T butt out of it.

I would much prefer to generate a strategy that will get us OUT of there with a realistic goal achieved; we had one before, when So-Damn Insane was captured, locked up, awaiting trial. Now we're just marking time, killing our own troops by way of letting fanatics and terrorists run ragged over us, and Afghanistan is falling apart.

This is what is generally called a Bad Thing.

See ya!

Jim
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