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Mark Steyn: Terror war all but forgotten on home front
Sun Times Online ^ | 9-11-2005 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 09/11/2005 4:45:13 AM PDT by guitarnick40

Sept. 11, 2005 -- the fourth anniversary of the start of the war. That is, if you believe it's a ''war'' A lot of people didn't want to, even in those first days.

About a week after, one of my local radio stations held a fund-raiser and this is how their trailer for it opened. Cue the terminal-illness-movie-of-the-week soupy piano. Then:

''After the tragic events of Sept. 11 . . .''

And, by the time I'd heard it half-a-dozen times, I retuned the dial and never listened to the station again.

It wasn't a "tragic event" or even one of a series of unfortunate events. It was an "attack," an "act of war."

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqueda; appeasement; democrats; fourthanniversary; gwot; iran; iraq; liberals; onthehomefront; osama; steyn; terror; war; zarqawi
I myself am surprised at the lack of attention to 9-11 this year, even in the wake of Katrina. And that's just the way that the liberal MSM , Al Queda and the Dumbocrats want it.
1 posted on 09/11/2005 4:45:14 AM PDT by guitarnick40
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To: guitarnick40

MSM = Forgive and forget...


2 posted on 09/11/2005 4:49:02 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: guitarnick40
"So four years on we're winning in the Middle East and Central Asia, floundering in Europe and North America. War is hell, but a war that half the country refuses to recognize as such staggers on as a very contemporary kind of purgatory."

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3 posted on 09/11/2005 4:50:55 AM PDT by guitarnick40 ( The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is to put an f'n liberal in charge.)
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To: guitarnick40; All
Where It's 9-11 All the Time...

Click the picture...

4 posted on 09/11/2005 5:00:23 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: guitarnick40


5 posted on 09/11/2005 5:05:47 AM PDT by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine! ... and purveyor of "rampant, unedited dialogue")
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To: guitarnick40
The Left has never had use for 9/11 because they perceive as Bush's War. And they really do share the Islamists hatred of capitalism and democracy. As Mark Steyn writes, we're winning the war abroad but losing it at home due in no small part to our indolence and ease of life and inability to defend our values against freedom's enemies. Its a good question to ask whether we'll still be commemorating 9/11 in 2009. 4 years can make a difference and if any one has noticed, Iraq has all but disappeared from the headlines.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
6 posted on 09/11/2005 5:32:17 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: guitarnick40

Bingo.


7 posted on 09/11/2005 5:36:33 AM PDT by hershey
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To: guitarnick40
On this fourth anniversary we are in a bizarre situation: The war is being won -- in Afghanistan, Iraq, the broader Middle East and many other places where America has changed the conditions on the ground in its favor. But at home the war about the war is being lost.

Unfortunately, Steyn is once again "right on".

8 posted on 09/11/2005 5:39:38 AM PDT by Gritty ("The war abroad is being won, but at home the war about the war is being lost - Mark Steyn)
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To: guitarnick40
...like the shoe-removing ritual before you board a flight at Poughkeepsie.

You can pick your toes in Poughkeepsie but you can't board any flights.

9 posted on 09/11/2005 5:46:07 AM PDT by decimon
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To: guitarnick40

IMO the reason the MSM is downplaying 9/11 is that the dims and the left are scared to death of Guiliani.

Any mention of 9/11 and the world wide threat behind the heinous event brings to mind the brilliant leadership of Rudy.


10 posted on 09/11/2005 5:49:50 AM PDT by tkathy (Tyranny breeds terrorism. Freedom breeds peace.)
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To: guitarnick40
Only a tiny minority of Muslims want to be suicide bombers, and only a slightly larger minority want actively to provide support networks for suicide bombers, but big majorities of Muslims support almost all the terrorists' strategic goals...

And what is the Administrations strategy for dealing with fact? There is no strategy, because our President has declared war on terrorism, not Islamism.


11 posted on 09/11/2005 6:00:38 AM PDT by Dark Skies ("The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow." -- Oswald Chambers)
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To: guitarnick40; Pokey78

Steyn is absolutely right, once again. Thanks for posting this!


12 posted on 09/11/2005 6:17:21 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Sometimes, the most important thing to do is REMEMBER, so that no one is forgotten.)
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To: guitarnick40

Good article (of course!).

I think in some ways, the war aspect has dropped out of people's mind precisely because Bush was so successful in keeping things going after the attacks. There was a serious economic threat, and the threat of a loss of confidence, but he pulled everybody up and sent them back to work and told them to get on with life.

It worked, but the fact that people didn't have to suffer massive disruption of their lives, other than having to take their shoes off at the airport, enabled them to forget and finally let the anti-US press make them begin to believe that they hallucinated the whole thing and it really wasn't that bad after all.


13 posted on 09/11/2005 6:19:43 AM PDT by livius
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To: Dark Skies
 
Absolutely insulting! What will you do about it???
 
Final Design Announced
The design for the permanent Memorial for Flight 93 was announced on September 7, 2005 amid overwhelming support . .

So the mark of the Jihadists will forever emblazon our landscape. Is it time to cry for America yet...???????????? This design seems to be a fitting memorial for the Muslims who died aboard Flt 93. The hijackers whose ashes are fused into the shale with those of their victims, of all the shapes, in all of geometry, they pick the symbol of Muslim power, THE CRESCENT!!!

Why not a monument of the passengers beating the crap out of the hijackers?
 
"When it comes to a memorial, all mankind sympathizes," he said." The idea of the Crescent of Embrace, Murdoch said, is to be a gesture of healing and bonding.
 
Muslims didn't/don't sympathize - THEY consider this to have been a great victory!

This is like making a holocaust memorial in the shape of a swastika. Absolutely disgusting. I think is a slap in the face of every solider that is fighting terrorism now. And a shameful way to honor those that have died in this fight.

Recognize it for what it is....

A commemoration for those who bravely died in their fight to expand islam!

Fouad El Bayly, leader of the Islamic Center of Johnstown, said the crescent isn't a holy symbol, but one identified with the lunar Muslim calendar.

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14 posted on 09/11/2005 6:26:49 AM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: guitarnick40
Only a tiny minority of Muslims want to be suicide bombers, and only a slightly larger minority want actively to provide support networks for suicide bombers, but big majorities of Muslims support almost all the terrorists' strategic goals: For example, according to a recent poll, over 60 percent of British Muslims want to live under sharia in the United Kingdom. That's a "moderate" Westernized Muslim: He wants stoning for adultery to be introduced in Liverpool, but he's a "moderate" because it's not such a priority that he's prepared to fly a plane into a skyscraper.

The key point to be made, and why there is no such thing as "moderate" Islam. The only reason to go on with this charade is to keep the Islamic majority from realizing what is at stake. Unfortunately, that political strategy allowed the West to go asleep as well.

15 posted on 09/11/2005 6:36:11 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Wolverine
Few things stun me speechless any longer, but this did. I went to the site thinking it was just crescent shaped and no one selecting it had really noticed that. But noooooooooooooooo they call it the CRESCENT OF EMBRACE.

Where were their heads? What were they thinking? That nonsense deserves its own thread.

Mr Steyn is again brilliant. I have bristled at the word tragic for years but could never put into words to others to explain why. Of course, Mr. Steyn has no such lacking.
16 posted on 09/11/2005 6:36:16 AM PDT by FarmerW
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To: guitarnick40

My tagline is the silver ink on black paper sign I made that has been taped to the wall by my desk at home since the evening of 9/11/01.


17 posted on 09/11/2005 10:18:32 AM PDT by Portmeirion (Never Forgive - Never Forget!!!)
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Ping


18 posted on 09/11/2005 10:35:52 AM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: guitarnick40; Pokey78
from Steyn, the high-lighted phrases deserve discussion on FR:

As with IRA killers and the broader Irish nationalist population, these shared aims provide a large comfort zone in which terror networks can operate. And it enables the non-violent lobby groups to use the terrorists -- or the threat of terrorists -- as part of a good cop/bad cop routine. Thus, the Islamic lobby groups pressure governments to make concessions to them rather than to the terrorists -- even though both elements share the same aims. You can pluck out news items at random: In London, a religious "hate crimes" law that makes honest discussion of Islam even more difficult; in Ontario, the moves toward sharia courts for Muslim community disputes; in Seattle, the introduction of gender-separate, Muslim-only swimming sessions in municipal pools. The 9/11 terrorists were in favor of all these things.

So four years on we're winning in the Middle East and Central Asia, floundering in Europe and North America. War is hell, but a war that half the country refuses to recognize as such staggers on as a very contemporary kind of purgatory.

19 posted on 09/12/2005 4:31:42 AM PDT by maica (Do not believe the garbage the media is feeding you back home. ---Allegra (in Iraq))
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