Skip to comments.Fear was the weapon that hit America on 9/11 (MEGA-PROJECTILE BARF ALERT)
Posted on 09/10/2011 2:43:24 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
Fear is a powerful weapon. Its destructive force can be more devastating to a nation than a nuclear explosion.
It is the primary tool of terrorists.
After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, dozens of patriotic Americans carrying flags gathered in the Southland to march on a mosque in Bridgeview. More than 200 police officers were called to the scene to prevent violence.
A man from Pakistan, who wasnt even a Muslim, was bashed over the head in Chicago because he looked like one of them.
A neighbor of mine, a woman who grew up in Palestine, suddenly disappeared.
This woman, who would walk the streets every evening in a quiet suburb with her young children, wasnt taken into custody by federal agents. But she seemed to have vanished.
After several days, I knocked on the door of her home and saw someone peek out of the window. The door opened a crack and a voice asked me what I wanted.
I replied that I wanted to know if everyone was all right because I had not seen the woman or her family.
The woman came out and told me that while standing in a checkout line at a grocery store with her children, people had begun screaming at her to go back where she came from.
She felt threatened. Worse, she felt her young children might be harmed. So she decided to hide in her home because she no longer could walk the streets of her neighborhood.
That is terrorism.
I look at the videotapes of the airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers now in a different way than I did in 2001.
I know what the aftermath will be. A war in Afghanistan that will last a decade. Another war in Iraq.
Infringements on civil liberties here that would have been unthinkable before the attacks but are now welcomed by most Americans.
People in this country suspected of being a terrorist or of knowing someone who might be a terrorist or who communicated with organizations in the Middle East were taken into custody, questioned and put in prisons.
Overseas, agents of the American government were given permission to waterboard prisoners to get information, but this was not considered torture by our government. For that, the U.S. used rendition, exporting suspected terrorists to foreign countries where they were tortured.
Why not? Better safe than sorry. Americans had to be protected at all costs.
You can build walls 100 feet high, examine the shoes of airline passengers, put soldiers on street corners and concrete barriers in front of public buildings and you still wont feel safe. An attack can occur anytime, anywhere.
I have no doubt if there had been another terrorist attack in the months that followed 9/11, there would have been concentration camps in America to protect the safety of Arab-Americans.
As speeches are made commemorating the anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, few, if any, will mention the terrible toll it has taken on this nations sense of itself.
People were intimidated into silence at the time, and most still dont want to discuss the consequences today. That, too, is a change in American culture.
The voice of dissent was once valued in this country. The freedom to speak ones mind is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
But when people are frightened, they dont want to hear anyone criticizing their government or posing difficult questions about ethics, morality or philosophy.
This is life or death, you will hear people say, not some class in the theory of government. That sort of thing is fine when the country is at peace, but not when you are at war.
They are wrong. It is exactly in such times that free speech is most valuable.
Our Founding Fathers understood that some ideals are worth dying for. Remember the Alamo. Remember Pearl Harbor. Remember 9/11.
But dont forget all that has happened to our country in the last 10 years.
Fear is the weapon of the terrorist. And the only true defense against it is the inner strength of those who are afraid.
Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is a hollow exercise if people dont believe in the words, ... with liberty and justice for all.
It is not easy to give meaning to those words when they mean the most.
In this war on terrorism, Americans must protect their freedoms as aggressively as they would protect their children.
Memorials mean nothing without them.
His phony conclusion is priceless: "I have no doubt if there had been another terrorist attack in the months that followed 9/11, there would have been concentration camps in America to protect the safety of Arab-Americans."
I think he’s gonna need a bigger mailbox...
Yes...maybe he could apply that to Obammys NATO bombing Libya? I doubt it.
What a shame Phil wasn’t on one of those planes or in one of those buildings. Maybe then he’d understand. Some people just don’t “get it”. Phil is one of those people.
They were the enemy ... period.
I'll confess here and now, my initial anger and frustration was quelled in a relatively short time ... a year or so ... I had a family to raise, etc.
They're all grown now, the house is paid for and I'm ten years angrier and give less a shit now than then.Manhatten should be working on another ... or more ... "projects"
This guy needs to learn the difference between “fear” and being pissed off. As Americans, we surely don’t fear the Middle East, they just piss us off for having to deal with pigs. I’m sorry, but I am sick and tired of having to deal with these sand bunnys. If they were to attack us again, we should cancel all Rules of Engagement and drop out of the Genieva (sp? Convention. Hell, we are the only ones that abide by it anyway. We need a government that stops being fools.
>> only proves how together the American people are as a nation
Evil often provides the haughty ones a venue for expressing the disdain they harbor for “patriots”.
Kadner is apparently upset that there was no widespread Kristallnacht-like violence brought to bear against Arabs or Muslims in the wake of 9/11. That reality conflicts with his inner America-hatred, so much so that he is compelled to come up with stories of poor, victimized Muslims to illustrate how bad America is, whether there is any truth to them or not.
How many of those “victims” actually celebrated 9/11? Did they hand out candy and other sweets? Did they take secret pride in the atrocities committed by Allah’s murderous martyrs?
No, it wasn’t fear. It was something more tangible, namely about 20 Islamic extremists and the four commercial planes they crashed on purpose. Anger and resolve was the right response to such monstrous attacks. The majority of people in this country had both reactions in abundance until the left decided to undermine our national will.
Yes islam thrives on fear oppression and terrorism. So fear was part of 9/11.
But Americans will never bend to islams fear oppression or terrorism.
It has nothing to do with fear. We encountered evil. Thugs with no values killed some innocents on their first big shot at us. We responded appropriately and will continue to do so. No fear.