Update 1:30pm Eastern. Memorial photo of the day comes from Iraq, via MNF-I:
The caption reads:
Task Force Marne Soldiers take time on the sixth anniversary of the attacks Sept. 11, 2001, for a remembrance ceremony at the Task Force Marne Headquarters. Camp Victory firefighters are also present to represent the emergency responders who lost their lives six years ago. Photo by Tony Lindback, 302nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.
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What do you remember? When I think back to September 11, 2001, the crisp morning before jihadists struck on American soil, I remember transluscent blue skies. Green-gold leaves. And the blush pink cheeks of my then-one-year-old daughter, who was waiting to go for a walk while I did a double-take at the first cable TV reports of a “small commuter plane” crashing into the World Trade Center.
Then the skies turned black. And the Twin Towers turned to ash.
Zogby released a poll for the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks showing that “77 percent of those living in the East and 46 percent of those living in the West — 61 percent overall — said they think about the attacks at least weekly. Eighty-one percent — 90 percent in the East and 75 percent in the West — said the attacks were the most significant historical events of their lives.”
I am, like most of my readers, one of those people. Sixteen percent of those polled said said they had visited Ground Zero in NYC. This summer, my family and I became part of that group. An American flag flies at the Tribute Center across from GZ:
A view of the construction site:
A memorial at the fire station across from Ground Zero:
What won’t you forget? These are the 9/11 sounds and images burned onto my mental hard drive:
The Falling Man.
The Hanson family.
The 9/11 babies.
The cross at Ground Zero:
And Old Glory at the Pentagon unfurled the day after the attacks:
But remembrance without resistance to jihad and its enablers is a recipe for another 9/11. This is what fueled my first two books, on immigration enforcement and profiling. This is what fuels much of the work on this blog and at Hot Air. Not every American wears a military uniform. But every American has a role to play in protecting our homeland–not just from Muslim terrorists, but from their financiers, their public relations machine, their sharia-pimping activists, the anti-war goons, the civil liberties absolutists, and the academic apologists for our enemies.
As the most infamous of all Internet leftists once said: Screw them.
The 9/10 crowd stubbornly refuses to connect the dots to see any connection at all between 9/11 and the Iraq war. But it is all of a piece, and the troops who joined the military after the terrorist attacks and volunteered to go back again and again see it clearly. Watch. “Kill them over there so they don’t kill us over here” isn’t just an empty slogan for them. They live and die for it. For their children and ours. In Iraq and around the world.
There are 9/10 people and there are 9/12 people.
This is a 9/10 person:
Cindy Sheehan and company’s CAIR-approved t-shirt reads, “We will not be silent.” Their vow is not a vow to report suspicious behavior or assist counterterrorism efforts. Their vow is a vow to bitch and moan about every effort to combat jihad at home and abroad.
What is your vow?
It’s not just a once-a-year slogan. It’s a 24/7 frame of mind.
Resistance. Baron Bodissey liveblogs the Stop Islamisation of Europe protest in Brussels.
Remembrance. Lorie Byrd pays tribute in words, photos, and links.
Remembrance. Is 9/11 becoming just another calendar date?
Resistance. Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles “Chic” Burlingame, the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, and one of my personal heroines, is joining the Divest Terror campaign:
As the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, Ms. Burlingame, whose brother was killed when the hijacked plane he was piloting crashed into the Pentagon, has a new cause.
The 53-year-old former television producer and lawyer has aligned herself with a group called Divest Terror, which is attempting to convince American pension funds and investors to pull their money from companies that do business with countries that sponsor terrorism, such as Iran.
“It is something that can put the squeeze on terror-sponsoring countries without shedding a drop of blood or firing a bullet,” she said yesterday during an interview at The New York Sun’s offices. “It is marshaling the economic power of this country against our enemies and people who want to wreak havoc in the Middle East and other parts of the world.”
Remembrance. Daily Kos-style. Click only on an empty stomach.
Resistance. An LGF reader blows the whistle on 9/11 whitewashing at the Liberty Science Museum in NJ.
Remembrance. Villainous Company asks:
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watching
And turn on “I Love Lucy” reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love
I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love
The greatest is love
The greatest is love…
Where were you
when the world stopped turning
that September day?
Remembrance, BBC-style. Again, click only on an empty stomach.
Resistance. Meet the Anti-Jihad Federation.
Remembrance, milblogger-style. Greyhawk reflects from the battlefield in Baghdad:
As I write it’s 16:45 my time. In America it’s Tueday, September 11, 2007.
And it’s 8:45. Six years ago that was the last minute of peace before the beginning of the war on terror.
Six years later, how many people know why Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States? It’s not a difficult topic – he stated the reasons himself in his 1998 fatwa. Americans were in Saudi Arabia enforcing sanctions against Iraq. It’s just that simple, boys and girls…
Rebuilding. Lawhawk reports on Ground Zero.
Remembrance, moonbat-style. Same health warning applies. Read Mary Katharine Ham’s account of 9/11 conspiracy theorists disrupting somber memorial gatherings. One shouted at mourners: “You’re sheep! You are sheep!”