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Who Killed Barbara Olson
National Review Online | 13 Sept 2001 | Michael Ledeen

Posted on 09/10/2004 6:59:07 PM PDT by annyokie

Who Killed Barbara Olson? Her many killers.

September 13, 2001 12:00 p.m.

ay before yesterday there were three Barbaras, close as sisters, joined by their zest for life, their volcanic passions, their total commitment to their loved ones, their fearless work for freedom. Barbara Olson, Barbara Comstock, Barbara Ledeen. All three chose to fight for their convictions.

All three were singled out by the Left for slanderous attacks, dehumanizing slogans, the usual stereotypes. Had there been a feminist movement worthy of the name, they would have been its heroines; instead, because they rejected the fashionable causes, insisted on traditional virtue, fought limits on real choices, and relentlessly exposed the emptiness of the Leftist slogans, they became the feminists' targets.

Now there are two. And what a loss we have suffered. Barbara Olson was a life force, a protean woman who lived life as it is supposed to be lived, celebrating the good times to the full, enduring its worst moments with grim resolve, supporting her friends and allies at all times, taking the fight to her enemies with joyful enthusiasm. She had one of the quickest and finest minds in Washington. Married to one of the greatest attorneys of our time, she was the equal of anyone in legal and political debate. But above all, she was our Braveheart, leading us into battle with the cry of "Freeeeeedom," carrying the flag of proud independence.

Braveheart to the end, fighting to the last. She had the presence of mind and the force of will to call Ted from her doomed aircraft to ask, "What should I tell the pilot to do?" Unwilling to go quiet into the dark night she wanted marching orders, for herself and for the people around her. She would not cow in the rear of the plane and submit to the murderous instructions of her captors; she wanted to go down fighting.

Perhaps she did. A person from the White House told me that there is reason to believe that plane/bomb was intended for the presidential residence, not the Pentagon, and that something happened to make it swerve suddenly. I like to think that at the last, Barbara charged the cabin, survived the knife thrusts of the monsters, and hurled herself at the kamikaze pilot, putting the plane into a loop toward Virginia.

A great woman, a woman of immeasurable valor, who brought a singular light into our lives. To see Ted with her was to understand the power of an enduring love. He was so proud of her, so delighted by her, so totally overcome with her love for him, that he knew he was the luckiest of men.

The death of such a person cannot be accepted, cannot be digested and must be avenged. Her killers are many, from the evil men on the plane to their supporters and Svengalis around the world, to all those among us who dehumanize their political opponents and thereby facilitate the transition from the politics of personal destruction to the physical destruction of their opponents. She was killed by a fraudulent and arrogant establishment that pretended it was capable of providing our people with good security and our leaders with good intelligence. Why are they permitted to remain at their posts? And not least of all, she was killed by a corrupt elite that celebrates murder, provided that the killers hold the right views and slaughter those who are political lepers. "No Regrets for a Love of Explosives" babbles the New York Times headline atop a disgraceful puff piece on Weathermen killers that appeared on the day of Barbara Olson's murder.

My America, the real America, abhors these people, as Barbara did and as the two surviving Barbaras do. And, in the course of our revenge against the physical killers, the state sponsors, the sources of the money, the dance masters in the streets of the Middle East who reveled in our misery, the leaders of the Hate America and Kill the Jews crowd, we must retain our capacity for righteous indignation against those among us who bear a heavy moral responsibility for it.

If she were still here, Barbara would have led that charge. But there are plenty of us left.


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: barbaraolson; bko; flight77; ledeen
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1 posted on 09/10/2004 6:59:07 PM PDT by annyokie
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To: annyokie

Remember.


2 posted on 09/10/2004 6:59:30 PM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: annyokie

Rest in Peace, BKO. We miss you.


3 posted on 09/10/2004 7:00:51 PM PDT by RMDupree (HHD: My heart remains in Washington....)
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To: Dog
Barbara Olson...how we miss you!

A special tribute from one who knew her well.

4 posted on 09/10/2004 7:02:27 PM PDT by Molly Pitcher (...standing beside her gun and her President!)
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To: annyokie

Our good friend..a Freeper...her screen tag was "bko"..I had the great good fortune of enjoying a semi-regular Freepmail correspondence with her....shortly before her death, her last book, on Hillary, was published, and I was tryig to arrange an author's night for her at the Chappaqua Public Library...I still have saved some of her Freepmails to me..a truly classy lady...


5 posted on 09/10/2004 7:02:40 PM PDT by ken5050 (Bill Clinton has just signed to be the national spokesman for Hummer..)
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To: annyokie
Who killed Barbara Olson is a good question considering THIS.
6 posted on 09/10/2004 7:03:15 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: annyokie

bko bump


7 posted on 09/10/2004 7:03:38 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana ("Kerry-Edwards" or "Bury Vets' Words"? or "Verry Leftwards"?)
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To: aruanan

Plenty of eyewitness accounts and aircraft parts can be seen on this page.

http://amigaphil.planetinternet.be/PentagonCrash.html


I hope you don't actually believe the crap on the page you posted.


8 posted on 09/10/2004 7:09:25 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: hispanarepublicana

bko RIP


9 posted on 09/10/2004 7:10:06 PM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I was in Corpus Christi on 9/11 and when the announcer on the radio said that Barbara Olsen had been killed on the pentagon flight, I started crying. The friend that was with me said, "oh no, did you know her?" I said "not personally but felt like I did from Fox News - she was the best" and to this day I still cry (as I am now) thinking about the waste....


10 posted on 09/10/2004 7:10:52 PM PDT by BamaDi
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To: annyokie

Dammit, dammit, dammit! My anger, hate and rage over 9-11 is at the surface, again. I keep it finely-honed, as I do with my Class III AR-10, AR-15s, Kimber .45, Glock 32/.357 SIG, Beowulf .50cal, Colt Trooper MK III .357 Magnum, and Barrett M82A1 .50cal BMG.

RIP, BKO, and all murdered that horrible day, by the subhuman Muslim pigshit filth. And to all murdered before and after that horrible day.

I don't want "justice"; I want "revenge".


11 posted on 09/10/2004 7:10:57 PM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: aruanan

The person relies on a layman's ignorance of aircraft design and what a crash into a reinforced granite structure ought to look like. Totally bogus.


12 posted on 09/10/2004 7:10:59 PM PDT by Bogey78O (John Kerry: Better than Ted Kennedy!)
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To: annyokie
She's being honored on the DoD website as well, along with all of the others that perished in the Pentagon attack:

Barbara K. Olson

13 posted on 09/10/2004 7:11:02 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: MediaMole
I was just memorializing our dear friend. There is no need to be insulting.
14 posted on 09/10/2004 7:11:50 PM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: annyokie

http://www.neverforgetneveragain.com/

"Never Forget, Never Again" is a video and song dedicated to those who perished on 9/11 and to those who fight to defend our freedom.

This video was inspired by their memory and Daryl Worley's song "Have You Forgotten?" This video and website are non-profit and were created to inspire, educate and remind all Americans what we lost on 9/11 and why we fight today. God Bless America.

http://www.neverforgetneveragain.com/



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15 posted on 09/10/2004 7:11:51 PM PDT by truthandlife (http://www.neverforgetneveragain.com -- If you want Bush re-elected pass on this video link!!!!)
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To: aruanan
Who killed Barbara Olson is a good question considering

You don't actually believe that steaming pile of horse sh*t do you?

16 posted on 09/10/2004 7:12:47 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

I think in this case justice and revenge are one and the some. Good hunting and keep your powder dry.


17 posted on 09/10/2004 7:13:13 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (What did Dan Rather know, and when did he know it?)
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To: annyokie

I miss BKO. Damn the Islamofascist jihadists to hell!


18 posted on 09/10/2004 7:13:40 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: annyokie

A great woman, unabashed and unafraid to speak the truth!

Thank you God, for the likes of Barbara Olson!


19 posted on 09/10/2004 7:13:44 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: Tax-chick

Bump for tomorrow.


20 posted on 09/10/2004 7:13:57 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Dick Cheney is MY dark, macho, paranoid Vice President!)
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To: annyokie

I've tears in my eyes reading this.

Never forget.


21 posted on 09/10/2004 7:14:02 PM PDT by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

I'm sorry to upset you. I loved bko and I miss her. I'm crying while I type this.


22 posted on 09/10/2004 7:14:17 PM PDT by annyokie (Now with 20% More Infidel!)
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To: annyokie

Rest in peace BKO


23 posted on 09/10/2004 7:16:17 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: annyokie

Bill and Hillary Clinton and their cast of crooks.

God bless Ted Olson.


24 posted on 09/10/2004 7:16:56 PM PDT by Endeavor
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To: annyokie

I miss her, too. I could just see her covering this election.


25 posted on 09/10/2004 7:17:20 PM PDT by Merry
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To: annyokie
Barbara Olsen is the only person who died that day that I knew by name before 9/11. My proximity and familiarity with the WTC makes that loss real to me. Having flown aboard United Flight 93 out of Newark before 9/11 makes that loss real to me. Barbara Olsen makes the Pentagon loss real to me. And the thought of poor Ted going home that night to find the note she left on his pillow -- ugh!
26 posted on 09/10/2004 7:20:37 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: annyokie
I read "Hell to Pay" before I even really knew much about Barbara. The book moved me tremendously.

After joining Free Republic, I found out more about Barbara, and that she was a FReeper. I feel honored just to know that I now post on the same site as she once did.

My heart goes out to her husband and family on the third anniversary of her death tomorrow.

Barbara Olsen......gone but not forgotten.

27 posted on 09/10/2004 7:24:15 PM PDT by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W."Billy" Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: Question_Assumptions

BTTT -- NEVER FORGET!


28 posted on 09/10/2004 7:24:19 PM PDT by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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To: annyokie

I truly miss Barbara.


29 posted on 09/10/2004 7:29:11 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: ken5050

re: Chappaqua Public Library -- I was in NYC in November of '01 and drove up to the CPL and donated a copy of Barbara's then just released book -- I told the lady who worked there that I felt they deserved to know something about the Jr. senator from NY who claims Chappaqua as her home and it was only fitting that the local library have a copy of the book that actually outlines the Clintons for the terrorist-pardoning crooks they are. Well, I didn't put it quite like that, but you get my drift.

There are times I think of September 11th, which makes me think of Barbara, which brings a tear to my eye and then I get very angry. And I appreciate this president all the more for his solid commitment to the War on Terror.

We can't bring Barbara back, but we can pray for President Bush.


30 posted on 09/10/2004 7:30:33 PM PDT by Endeavor
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To: annyokie

Never Forget


31 posted on 09/10/2004 7:38:12 PM PDT by MontanaBeth (NEVER FORGET)
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To: Endeavor
...Bill and Hillary Clinton and their cast of crooks....

Soon after 9/11 I read somewhere that Barbara Olsen was on that flight because of Hillary for some reason.

I seem to recall reading that Hillary had invited BKO somewhere or arranged her appearance somewhere.

I wish I could remember the details.

32 posted on 09/10/2004 7:40:00 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Proud FR member since 1998. Proud monthly donor.)
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To: truthandlife

Saturday September 11th, is the third anniversary of that horrible day that started as a beautiful summer day.

Though 3,000 of us were murdered, ALL AMERICANS were attacked.

Everyone. White. Black. Asian. Hispanic. Native American. European. Jew. Baptist. Catholic. Buddhist. Mexican. Puerto Rican. New Yorker. Washingtonian. Yankee. Southerner. Everyone.

All America was attacked that day.

These hate filled people who committed these heinous acts want to kill all Americans.

STILL.

NEVER forget. NEVER again.


33 posted on 09/10/2004 7:40:15 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: annyokie

Bump for BKO. Sad day remembered.


34 posted on 09/10/2004 7:43:53 PM PDT by GWfan
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To: annyokie

She had such a beautiful smile. What a tremendous loss, especially for Ted Olsen and her family. Thank you for posting. Never forget.


35 posted on 09/10/2004 7:48:07 PM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: BamaDi
and to this day I still cry

I had held it together pretty well and been just angry and trying to get through the week, until that night...I think it was that Friday, when Ted Olson told the story of how when he finally went to bed after friends had left that night (around 1 a.m. on Sep. 12), he turned back the covers and found a note from Barbara on his pillow.

My husband wasn't in the room, and when he asked what Ted had just said, I tried to re-tell the story to him and fell apart completely.

I've got a lump in my throat even now as I type it.

Certainly, by Thursday of that week, everyone at work was saying to each other...."Is this the longest week of your life, or what?" It shouldn't have been, because we'd gotten very little work done and basically been watching TV all week in the office. But, I remember watching the clock until 5 p.m. every day and RUSHING home. I remember the oddest sensation of just trying to survive and make it to the weekend when I could be safely ensconced with my family in our home.

I'd never felt like that before, and I hope to never feel that way again.

36 posted on 09/10/2004 7:48:45 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana ("Kerry-Edwards" or "Bury Vets' Words"? or "Verry Leftwards"?)
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To: annyokie

God Bless you dear Barbara! A simply staggering loss.


37 posted on 09/10/2004 7:49:50 PM PDT by GunnyB (Once a Marine, Always a Marine)
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To: annyokie

How I miss her gracious presence on television. I didn't know anyone in the attacks...She, more than anyone I read about, personalized the horror for me.


38 posted on 09/10/2004 7:50:52 PM PDT by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: annyokie
I miss her as well. I was just starting to watch FOX on a regular basis and thought she was one of the best political commentators around. Her smile just lit up the screen.

RIP BKO. You are truly missed.

39 posted on 09/10/2004 7:55:17 PM PDT by rintense (Results matter.)
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To: Endeavor

Isn't Ted's birthday tomorrow?


40 posted on 09/10/2004 7:59:31 PM PDT by TwoSue
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To: annyokie
to all those among us who dehumanize their political opponents and thereby facilitate the transition from the politics of personal destruction to the physical destruction of their opponents

Which of course started with the Clinton administration.

41 posted on 09/10/2004 8:05:40 PM PDT by ladyinred ("John Kerry reporting for spitball and typewriter duty.")
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To: truthandlife

That is a truly touching video. Thanks for posting the link.


42 posted on 09/10/2004 8:09:20 PM PDT by dc27
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To: annyokie

Barbara was the real deal. She is greatly missed.


43 posted on 09/10/2004 8:10:38 PM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: BKO

Ping

We're thinking of you.


44 posted on 09/10/2004 8:12:35 PM PDT by null and void (Behold! I am become death, destroyer of threads.)
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To: annyokie

I remember.


45 posted on 09/10/2004 8:16:26 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (What freakin' frequency are you on, Kenneth?)
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To: annyokie

She was a wonderful presence on all those talk shows ...she had a keen mind and a wicked sense of humor. I sure miss her


46 posted on 09/10/2004 8:18:41 PM PDT by woofie (This document was generated in 2004 by a computer)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

" I want "revenge". "

Did you see the movie Tombstone? Referring to Wyatt Earp going after the gang who killed his brother, Doc Holliday said it's not revenge, it's a reckoning.


47 posted on 09/10/2004 8:18:52 PM PDT by JustAnotherSavage (If you don't like my peaches, don't shake my tree!)
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To: annyokie

May your memory be eternal, bko.

48 posted on 09/10/2004 8:26:45 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (They want to do to your children what they did to the Russian children!)
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To: null and void
*weeps*

I met Barbara Olsen at a small gathering in a house in Sugarland, Tx when she was promoting her book "Hell to Pay". She was bright, funny, friendly, and warm. It was horrible watching what was going on live, but it really didn't strike home until it was announced that she had been on the plane that struck the Pentagon. Somehow, the moment became very personal for me. Someone I had met face to face was now part of a terrible moment in history. She was strong, brave to the last, unflinching in her efforts to keep others calm and verify the situation to her husband.

Rest in peace, Barbara.

Rest in peace all those who were murdered viciously by the barbarians.

And may the terrorists still be experiencing their innards torn out of them while they watch demons torture them.

49 posted on 09/10/2004 8:32:33 PM PDT by Alkhin (just another one of my fly-bys...he thinks I need keeping in order.)
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To: tscislaw

BKO was on that flight because she was flying out to do Bill Maher's show about Gary Condit. She was supposed to fly out the day before (Monday), but Tuesday was Ted's birthday and she wanted to be there with him that morning so changed her flight plans.


50 posted on 09/10/2004 8:39:37 PM PDT by Endeavor
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