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Keeping the "anal" in analytical... (While trying to remain civilized)

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

So far, so good.

9-10-11: It has now been ten years since those fateful events that will remain indelibly imprinted on the American psyche.




We have been fortunate, in that between our brave men and women in the armed forces of this nation and our intelligence agencies...in addition to vigilant citizens and incompetent terrorists as well, we have not experienced another atrocity on that scale since then.

Not that I am forgetting the nut job of a so-called psychiatrist and what he did at Fort Hood, or any other malicious acts by deranged individuals killing on behalf of their beliefs.

However, the point of this missive is to discuss the death and destruction wrought on September 11th of 2001.

Ten years, the "Big 1-0"; we are conditioned to pay especial attention to these increments of 10, and here we are.

Apparently Osama bin Laden is no more, and of course that's a good thing on many levels, but ultimately he was only one individual. Also, by having been forced into hiding, he wasn't a very effective leader.

Things may have improved in our struggle with extremist Islam, though there are still plenty of adherents to that ideology who still want to see the "Great Satan" brought to its knees. In case you missed the memo, that would be we decadent Americans with our freedom to pursue happiness.

So, lest we become complacent due to our relative good fortune during the past decade, let us not forget that there are still those who would like to see us killed in vast numbers. Millions, even.

In the words of what I consider to be the most pertinent quote regarding the situation:

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana

Keep it in mind...

Previous posts on this subject:
2006 - Jeanette...
2007 - Dwelling on the past...
2008 - Don't forget...
2009 - Once upon a time...
2010 - Remember!!!

12 Comments:

Blogger Beerme said...

Yes sir, keeping it in mind, for sure!

September 10, 2011 7:35 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

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September 10, 2011 9:15 PM  
Blogger Dave P. said...

As my family deals with our loss for years to come I personally will forget or forgive.

September 10, 2011 10:03 PM  
Blogger mmezalick said...

Thanks for the post.
Here is our contribution to keep the memory alive.

http://www.mezalick.com/MDS/911window.htm

September 11, 2011 5:56 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Well said, Camo.

September 11, 2011 11:28 AM  
Blogger Just call me Shelly said...

complacency is what got us where we are at today. Every time America falls asleep at the wheel we all have to pay the price. No more 9/11's and no more liberal Obama rulings.

September 11, 2011 1:30 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Beerme:
I figured that you would be.

Bunny:
We should never forget or become complacent, lest we have to live through another time of being so blindsided.

As one "infidel" to another, the entire "religion of peace" is more accurately the religion of submission; peace through surrender, to be precise.

Dave P.:
Hopefully your family's loss has been more bearable with the passing of years, although loved ones lost can never be replaced, of course.

mmezalick:
Very nice, and thanks for sharing.

Cassandra:
High praise, coming from an accomplished wordsmith such as yourself...thank you.

Good hearing from you, my friend, it has been a while.

Shelly:
Complacency is indeed what got us the events of 9-11-01. Let us hope and pray that we can avoid a repeat of them...

September 11, 2011 5:26 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

With you 100% Camo. Here's my contribution...

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=12075358&postID=747185790114260523

September 11, 2011 10:23 PM  
Blogger Shaa said...

I'll never forget September 11, worse day in US history, nor exactly what I was doing when I saw the first and second plane strike the World Trade Center.

September 12, 2011 10:55 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye®:
A most excellent contribution it is, too.

Shaa:
That seems to be true of many people regarding that day; it was a turning point of sorts...

September 13, 2011 10:12 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Sorry, I've come too late to the party to leave a relevant comment. Damn that Facebook™!

We're getting fat and sassy again, and this preoccupation with Jughead's failures and weakening of national security by destroying the economy is setting us up for The Next Big Thing. The jihadists are nothing if not temporal, and when they pull off their next caper, it'll be a disaster of apocalyptic proportions.

I can't believe the presidential star chamber is mandated to cut defense spending as a political sop to Those People if/when they come to no agreement on budget issues by Thanksgiving. Some triggers will be pulled in November; let's just hope they're the political metaphors, and not literal ones.

I've never forgotten 9/11, or ripping the IVs out of my arm and trying to get out of the hospital and back to the office that awful day. The "repeating history" quote is most apropos.

September 23, 2011 4:29 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Robert:
Better late than never, or so I've heard.

Playing politics with our national security seems to be "S.O.P." for the current administration; I certainly hope that sufficient numbers of our fellow Americans have awakened to the reality that is, as opposed to the "hope" that they bought into...so that "Jughead" (I like it!) gets tossed out on his (outsized) ear after the November 2012 election.

September 23, 2011 7:00 AM  

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