Sept 11 is here again and once again America is going to spent it with solemn remembrance of our dead of that day, listing names, ringing bells and generally being sober.
In other words once again we are doing it wrong.
If the war on terror was over. If the states that sponsored terror were defeated, humiliated, their armies destroyed, their leaders overthrown. If the groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda were just memories, their fighters reduce to dust and ash, their madrassas rubble and their imams laid to rest in pigskin coffins, THEN all of these ceremonials would be appropriate. Then it would be time to mourn our dead with the knowledge that the war was won and that when we say “never forget” we meant it.
But until that is done, the only thing all of our solemn tears do is enable our enemies thus encouraging them to launch the next Benghazi attack, to tell their youth that America is weak, to encourage every single lone wolf that you can be remembered as a hero and bring a nation to its knees.
All we are doing today is giving our foes an easy propaganda victory.
This is a huge mistake, and it’s a bipartisan mistake, George W bush made it, Barack Obama made it and I suspect whoever wins in November will make it too.
In 1836 Texans remembered the Alamo by defeating those who attacked it.
In 1941 Americans remembered Pearl Harbor by declaring war and eventually bringing Japan to it’s knees.
We should remember 9/11 the same way, by destroying these enemies and making them an object lesson to any who would consider following in their footsteps.
Once that’s done, then we can memorialize the dead all you want and I’ll be right behind you,
Update: Glenn Reynolds was right, unfortunately his predictions have held up really well and closes with this line:
God bless America. We need it.
Alas I think these days the most significant line of scripture for America is this one:
Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.
Every single day I pray the 4th sorrowful mystery of the Rosary and ask Mother Angelia & Justice Scalia to pray it with me for our country. I suggest you do the same.
Update two here is a prediction of Glenn’s that wasn’t correct:
And the TV footage of jubilant Palestinians just proves what I’ve always suspected — they just don’t get it. They’ll learn. Oh, how they’ll learn
What they’ve learned is there is no penalty for celebrating the death of Americans and they’ve learned that lesson well.
Update Three: Jazz Shaw and uncomfortable truths
As much as I refused to admit it for years after the attacks, there is no separating out the bad apples from the rest of the basket… at least not entirely. We’re fighting an evil ideology which has deep roots in Islam. This is not to say that every Muslim in the world – and certainly not every one in America – supports terror. But it’s equally foolish to deny that this is the fountain from which the poison water flows. I don’t particularly like the look of the guy in the mirror who makes a statement like that, but it would be dishonest to deny it.
Or as I put it to answer Catholic turned Muslim Rep Keith Ellison who today talks about beating “Islamophobia”
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) September 11, 2016
Every day that doesn’t happen brings us a day closer to the necessity of us convincing them in a more forceful way because it’s going to come down to either our submission or their defeat.