Our enemies are not going to get the satisfaction. When we constantly mourn we give our foes a victory once every year they haven’t earned.
As Lileks put it:
here’s still a space in the sky where no one will ever stand again. We could stand there once. That we couldn’t stand there eight years ago was their fault. That we cannot stand there today is ours
Remember Sept 11th 2001 was the 2nd great American Victory in history, the first was on Lake Champlain in 1814
At the crisis point of the battle MacDonough managed to wear his primary ship Saratoga 180 degrees due to springs and cables that he prepared the day before, that allowed him to send broadsides from his undamaged side into the equally damaged British fleet.
His taking of the entire fleet meant that even though the British Armies had a 3-1 advantage in troops they were forced to retreat back to Canada.
and the 2nd was on a plane over Pennsylvania
With a cry of “Let’s Roll” the people on that flight ceased to be victims and instead became soldiers and warriors. Their will to fight and make a difference denying a victory to our foes and was the first of many US victory’s in the war on Terror.
It was that moment when 9/11 ceased to be another of many terror attacks and became the War on Terror for me
But it was also the day of a defeat and we are fools to help their propaganda efforts:
The days we need to be remembering are the fall of Saddam (April 9th); the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan and Tora Bora (Dec 17th); and the death of Bin Laden (May 2nd). We should hold those days high, and make sure that not only do we remember and celebrate those days—but those we defeated remember it as well. Those days should be celebrated just as we did with VE and VJ Days, right up until the greatest generation was replaced by the baby boomers, and those World War II landmarks began to fade from memory.
When the war is won, then perhaps things will be different—but as long as we are still fighting, a somber remembrance is the wrong thing to do.
Until that day if you absolutely HAVE to remember something, remember these guys:
And when 9/11 comes around buy them a drink.
Update: I’ve been asked: I see the soldiers but who is the guy in the middle, that is Smitty of The Other McCain Lt. Cmdr USN just before his deployment to Afghanistan.