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From Brooklyn, September 11, 2001

Everything I Needed to Know About Islam I Learned on 9/11

The great lesson of that Tuesday morning was that it wasn’t over. It wasn’t over when we understood that we wouldn’t find anyone alive in that twisted mass of metal and death. It wasn’t over when the air began to clear. It wasn’t over when the President of the United States spoke. It wasn’t over when the planes began to fly again and the TV switched from non-stop coverage of the attacks and back to its regularly scheduled programming. It wasn’t over when we were told to mourn and move on.

It still isn’t over.

After every attack, Boston, Orlando, San Bernardino, New York, Paris, Manchester, London, Barcelona, we are encouraged to mourn and move on. Bury the bodies, shed a tear and forget about it.

Terrible things happen. And we have to learn to accept them.

But Tuesday morning was not a random catastrophe. It did not go away because we went back to shopping. It did not go away with Hope and Change. Appeasing and forgetting only made it stronger.

Everything I needed to know about Islam, I learned on September 11. The details of the theology came later. I couldn’t quote the Koran while the sirens were wailing. But I learned the essential truth.

And so did you.

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51 thoughts on “Never Forget Open Comments

  1. Everything I needed to know about Islam, I learned on September 11. The details of the theology came later. I couldn’t quote the Koran while the sirens were wailing. But I learned the essential truth.

    And so did you.

    Mornin’ Gang

  2. What’s so amazing about this is that even after this horrific event, we continue to allow mini-attacks to go forward. The government really has but one job, and that is to protect its citizens. Yet it ignores facts and predicates its decisions on some predetermined ideology. It’s ridiculous. BTW, good mornings to all.

    BTW, does anyone know what Category Irma was when it finally made landfall?

  3. Susan Rescorla watched the United Airlines jet carve through her husband’s tower, and she dissolved in tears. After a while, her phone rang. It was Rick.

    “I don’t want you to cry,” he said. “I have to evacuate my people now.”

    She kept sobbing.

    “If something happens to me, I want you to know that you made my life.”

    The phone went dead.

    A tribute to a remarkable man, a man in full, Rick Rescorla, at the Victory Girls site.

    More here.

    Morgan Stanley lost only six of its 2,700 employees in the south tower on Sept. 11, an isolated miracle amid the carnage. And company officials say Rescorla deserves most of the credit. He drew up the evacuation plan. He hustled his colleagues to safety. And then he apparently went back into the inferno to search for stragglers. He was the last man out of the south tower after the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and no one seems to doubt that he would’ve been again last month if the skyscraper hadn’t collapsed on him first. One of the company’s secretaries actually snapped a photo of Rescorla with his megaphone that day, a 62-year-old mountain of a man coolly sacrificing his life for others.

    It was an epic death, one of those inspirational hero-tales that have sprouted like wildflowers from the Twin Towers rubble. But it turns out that retired Army Col. Cyril Richard Rescorla led an epic life as well. In this time when heroes are being proclaimed all around, when brave actions are understandably hailed as proofs of character, here was a man whose heroism was a matter of public record long before Sept. 11.

    At the same time, Rescorla’s own fascination with heroism and hero-tales was a matter of private record. He even co-wrote a screenplay about the World War II infantry legend Audie Murphy. Rescorla was a man of introspection as well as action, and some of his final soul-searching e-mails provide an eerie commentary on his final day.

    Rescorla, after all, was once an infantryman himself, declared a “battlefield legend” in the 1992 bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.” Another photo of Rescorla — gaunt back then, unshaven, carrying his M-16 rifle with bayonet fixed — graced the book’s cover and became an enduring image of the Vietnam War.

  4. Saudi Government Alledgedly Funded Dry Run for 0/11

    Fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim that employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters.

    Two years before the airliner attacks, the Saudi Embassy paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover in the US as students, to fly from Phoenix to Washington “in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks,” alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.

  5. I was somewhat surprised to find that traffic on 290 backs up to three miles east of Manor, heading into Austin. Taking a 290 tollway from just west of Manor to 183 was something new for me, too.

    Bellville to North Austin in 2.25 hours wasn’t bad.

  6. Today here, a few miles from the site of the Twin Towers, it is exactly as it was on the eleventh day of September, 2001.

    The sky is robin egg blue, a bright clear sun and 62 degrees. Beautiful and somber.

  7. One nice thing about Austin is you’re never more than one good rock throw from good eats.

    Note: Funny how you can tell the liberals. They’re the ones with the permanent frown.

  8. There’s an “Austin Uniform”, too. I can’t describe it, but its one of those things that you know it when you see it. When traveling through Texas, you can usually pick out the folks from Austin just by what they are wearing.

  9. Good somber morning Hamsters. Never forget, never forgive that which does not deserve forgiveness in this life or the next.

  10. 14 GJT

    The creepiest guys in Austin are the fat, balding, grey pony-tailed aging hippies in their sports cars with the little glassine bags of coke in the console saying, “Candy, little girl ?”, to the young coeds on the street. They are of a type there.

  11. I ain’t jealous, I’m mad I got just enough Indian blood in me to prevent a good beard or mustache but not enough for any gubment freebies.

  12. Some woman friend of Texpat’s told him I had the biggest mustache she ever saw.

    So I sent her a picture of Sarge.

  13. I am just now eating breakfast.

    We have a po’ sick 10 y.o. kitty. He isn’t eating or drinking or feeling well. Had him to the vet on Friday where he got diagnosed with pancreatitis and was given sub-Q fluid. He was better on Saturday but not good on Sunday. Back to the vet this morning for appetite-boosting shot, more sub-Q, and some medicinal appetite stimulant. Ate a little prescription A/D food, then licked his paws.

  14. #23 mharper42

    Best wishes for kitty’s recovery. Vets, like pediatricians, need to be superb diagnosticians because their patients can’t talk.

  15. That’s what I get for detailing the truck this weekend.

    I’m in a 125 mile long swarm of love bugs on the way home.

  16. Yep, I was gonna report over the weekend that I found on my journeys to and fro that the cotton was being harvested and the love bugs were, too.

  17. Funerals are nice for catching up on cousins who you never see.

    One cousin reminded me that her brother and his wife have a very successful quilting retreat in rural North Texas. They’re booked most weeks of the year. The wife is the brains of the outfit and he gets to piddle around most days. Musician finds the perfect gig.

    Sisters are so mean.


  18. Well, my friend in Tampa finally got scared enough to evacuate the city and wound up going to Jacksonville. Tampa wound up on the dry side of the storm, and the bay was emptied of water, no damage to speak of.

  19. The gods of environment of Texas have given permission to use plastic garbage bags in disposal of flood debris that Fort Bend County will pick up. The Fort Bend County Judge requested a special exemption from that enviro god rule of no plastic bags. Seems the county has a compactor that can’t eat the plastic, and the debris is squeezed into cubes for use for something else. Plastic messes that up. But with the exemption granted, it has now been allowed.

    Previously it was announced that trash in plastic bags would not be picked up by the county and would be left at the curb . Must guess that the public’s hue and cry over that caused the county judge to seek the exemption. A different kind of county truck can pick up the plastic bags.

    Texas quickly finds solutions to stupid situations. Y’all hear that, DC?

  20. How else would one dispose of storm debris?

    Tie the leaves together with little threads?

    What about the loose crap from a flooded house?

  21. The CoH rolling trash bin easily contains and conceals disposal of “unfavored” items including stuff in plastic bags of any size that will fit in the bin. Last week, I threw out sticks, wet 12-packs of paper towels, and mangled cardboard boxes that finally dried out on the patio.

  22. BTW, does anyone know what Category Irma was when it finally made landfall?

    4 in the Keys, 3 around Marco Island. It was a 2 when it went by Tampa. The eye went right over my mother between Cedar Key and Gainesville early this morning as a 1.

  23. After Dianne Feinstein asked Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett about how Catholic “dogma lives loudly” within her, two university presidents want her and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stop interrogating judicial nominees on religious beliefs. The presidents of Notre Dame and Princeton both sent pointed letters to Feinstein and Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley after Barrett’s treatment, reminding them of both Article VI in the Constitution and the role religion has played in American culture since its founding…


    Update: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a scathing statement Friday about this as well. Chairman Archbishop William Lori castigated the Senate for hinting at a revival of “anti-Catholic bigotry”…

  24. I heard an interesting caller to a talk show. He spoke with a certain amount of expertise.

    Official NWS wind measurements are taken a certain height above the ground. Your local TV station may have their own own readings from a differently situated wind gauge, as will your average weather geek with their own station in the back forty.

    If you are standing on a city block surrounded by tall buildings funneling the wind down the street, your hand held wind gauge may correctly show a twenty five mph difference.

    There is no wide spread conspiracy to scare the hell out of everyone.

  25. You beeraholics are in big trouble.

    Not many people know this, but those hops in your favorite IPA are actually wonderful medicine for insomnia and menopause, thanks to their high phytoestrogen content. These same phytoestrogens, however, might be less desirable for men, as indicated by the common condition known among brewers as Brewer’s Droop.

    Yes, you read that right: Hops are giving men man boobs.

    Read the article…it gets worse.

  26. There is no wide spread conspiracy to scare the hell out of everyone.

    I’m still pretty disgusted that they excluded the Caribbean and Gulf from the Atlantic basin for the first time ever so they could say Irma was “the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic” when the truth is it is the 5th most powerful. Hurricane Allen hit 190 mph in 1980, while the 1935 Florida Key storm, Gilbert (1988), and Wilma (2005) all had 185 mph winds.

  27. I was wondering just when Harvey struck how long it would be until someone in authority came up with the idea of a tax increase to solve the problem. Well, it took a little longer than I thought it would, but you can always count on the Dem to increase taxes – enter Sylvester the black cat Dem.

    Key word of course – temporary. Name me one tax ever that has been temporary. But that’s not the real point. The point is that the Feds are contributing $billions; the state $100’s of millions – so why does the cat need a measly $113 million. Well, the answer is that he would not cooperate with the governor nor the President during the event, so the governor decided to take the lead – and he has not relinquished it. So instead of all those dollars flowing through the corrupt city officials to distribute to their friends, the governor’s corrupt friends are going to get it all. Let’s face it, every cat needs a little walking around money, and Sylvester is not going to get his from conventional sources. So, aha, a little temporary tax increase, which would hardly be noticed in the big scope of things, would still generate a little spending money to keep him in the game. Seriously, $100 million when we are talking billions. Spare me. Next time maybe the cat will be a little less discriminating as to whom he is willing to associate with when big bucks are on the line.

  28. By far, the best recollection of 9/11 is the History Channel’s “102 Minutes That Changed America”. Tears me up every year. Frankly I’m surprised they’re still showing it every year.

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