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Awakening a Sleeping Giant
self | 11 September 2001 | Dave Dilegge

Posted on 09/11/2001 11:42:15 AM PDT by VaMarVet

On 7 December 1941, a Japanese fleet of aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and submarines conducted a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. American casualties were 2,330 killed and 1,145 wounded.

On 11 September 2001, a terrorist fleet consisting of 4 highjacked commercial airliners and possibly a car bomb conducted a surprise attack on New York City, Washington D.C., and the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. American casualties are still to be determined but are estimated to surpass 10 thousand.

Imperial Admiral Yamamoto, who conceived, designed and promoted the Pearl Harbor attack, cautioned against a war with the United States. Having twice held naval attaché positions within the Japanese embassy in the U. S. Capitol, he knew well the industrial strength, material wealth and temperament of the United States. Overruled by his superiors, he dedicated his efforts as Commander in Chief of the Imperial Combined Fleet to a successful attack. Upon completion of the attack he is quoted as saying "We have awakened a sleeping giant and have instilled in him a terrible resolve".

The Pearl Harbor attack, a dastardly deed for sure, was targeted against military installations and vessels. The terrorist attack this morning was targeted against civilians in New York and Government installations and personnel in the D.C. Metro area. It is time that the "Sleeping Giant" once again awaken from its slumber as today's events were nothing less than an act of war.

Like World War II, this war means nothing less than our national survival should we fail and must be prosecuted as such.

This means no middle ground for our allies and the United Nations - support us wholeheartedly or suffer the loss of our friendship, defense capabilities and the economic benefits that go with a relationship with the world's only superpower and most benevolent nation.

This means no quarter given to any country or organization that provides safe haven, logistic, intelligence, moral or other support to terrorist groups and individuals. Such support must be considered an act of war and responded to in kind.

This means no leeway for failure by our civilian and military leaders. When our national survival is at stake careerists need to find other work. Our Republic needs its true statesmen, warriors and patriots to lead this fight - anything less than a passionate devotion is not acceptable.

This means no pandering to U.S. special interest groups or other domestic organizations or individuals who might still believe that there is a United Nations, other international consensus, or politically correct solution to prosecuting this war.

This means no pandering to the media and public opinion polls. In total war the most popular often are the most defeated. Our leadership has some tough decisions to make and our prayers should be with them.


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Still awaiting confirmation that there was indeed a car bomb attack on the DOS building.
1 posted on 09/11/2001 11:42:15 AM PDT by VaMarVet
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To: Dave Dilegge
Amen.
2 posted on 09/11/2001 11:51:45 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Dave Dilegge
A vengeful bumpity-bump for a GREAT post. Right on!
3 posted on 09/11/2001 11:52:47 AM PDT by Zig
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To: Dave Dilegge
OK. Now is the time to think clearly.

First. We must get the political authority to destroy the enemy. A declaration of war by the United States Congress will do.

Second. We must take all immediate defensive measures. This largely means counterintelligence. All suspicious aliens must be interned immediately. The guilty should be deported. All terrorist fronts should be closed down ASAP.

Third. We must utterly destroy the source of terrorist activity. Palestine must be destroyed, as well as Syria. Afghanistan's Taliban should be destroyed. This is for starters.

Lastly. The great defender of terrorism, i.e. liberalism, must be politically destroyed. Palestine only exists because the liberals have protected it.

God bless America.
4 posted on 09/11/2001 11:54:14 AM PDT by wretchard
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To: Dave Dilegge
NO QUARTER. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
5 posted on 09/11/2001 11:55:19 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: Dave Dilegge

Amen! They have awakened the sleeping giant!

TIME FOR SOME 10 MILLION CANDLEPOWER PAYBACK!!!

6 posted on 09/11/2001 11:57:50 AM PDT by Colt .45
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To: GVgirl
911 (september, 11) America's day of National Emergency.
7 posted on 09/11/2001 11:58:18 AM PDT by ventana
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To: Dave Dilegge
This attack is not the Big One. A nuclear or biological attack is the big one. That comes down the track. We must act now to shut down the Islamic bomb and the Islamic biological weapons capability.

God bless America.
8 posted on 09/11/2001 11:58:51 AM PDT by wretchard
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To: Dave Dilegge

From the Associated Press:
Grand total 266 dead on the aircraft.

–American Airlines Flight 11: A Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles. The plane was carrying 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots. The location of the crash has not been determined.

–American Airlines Flight 77: A Boeing 757 en route from Dulles Airport near Washington to Los Angeles. The plane was carrying 58 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots. The location of the crash has not been determined.

–United Airlines Flight 93: A Boeing 757, crashed southeast of Pittsburgh while en route from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco. The plane was carrying 38 passengers, two pilots and five flight attendants.

–United Airlines Flight 175: A Boeing 767. The flight was bound from Boston to Los Angeles. It was carrying 56 passengers, two pilots and seven flight attendants. The airline would not say where the plane crashed.

I expect that every American airport will now look and operate like an Israeli airport. Bear in mind that about 50,000 people work in the World Trade Center and this happened in the middle of an ordinary day of business. Fortunately there was about a one-hour delay between the impacts and the collapse of the towers. A lot of the people in the towers probably got out alive.

At least 266 people died on the aircraft. A total of two United aircraft and two American Airlines aircraft have crashed, and all Freepers are encouraged to pray for the families of those killed and injured. Relief efforts, particularly donations of blood, deserve our immediate support.

It is possible that the losses at Pearl Harbor will pale in comparison to this unbelievably dastardly attack. Total killed at Pearl Harbor were 2,230. About 12 times that many were working in the WTC at the time of the attack.

One of the government spokesmen pointed out that all four flights were from the East Coast to California, and that "the bastards knew they would be loaded with fuel." NBC's Tim Russert is reporting from Washington that there is "unprecedented anger" in response to this attack, but they "don't know where or how to channel it." I anticipate that we will know very soon, and that our response will be devastating.

9 posted on 09/11/2001 12:01:47 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: GVgirl
Unleash the dogs of war, letting it be understood that as of this moment forward the friend of mine enemy is also my enemy and must accept such consequences as may evolve for those who nest with vipers. IMO when you swat flies, you don't necessarily check to see if the ones you swat are the ones who have most recencly annoyed you. If it is a fly, let it die.
10 posted on 09/11/2001 12:03:00 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: mathurine
BTTT with many many prayers for our country.
11 posted on 09/11/2001 12:07:51 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: Dave Dilegge 4TheFlag
Dear Lord, Our God in Heaven...

Bless and comfort all of those, who have been injured and killed in these many rounds of terrorist attacks upon Our Great Nation.

Comfort their families and friends...and Bless all of the Heroes that gave of themselves.....and those, who gave their lives, in trying to save others.

Bless and guide our nation's leaders to .exact the most deserved retaliation upon these EVIL COWARDS.

God Bless OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...AND WE ARE STILL UNITED!!!

In Jesus Christ's name, I pray...

AMEN

12 posted on 09/11/2001 12:08:19 PM PDT by Pray4USA
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To: Dave Dilegge
You said it all, Dave.

It is war to the knife now. We didn't start it but we must finish it.

13 posted on 09/11/2001 12:09:31 PM PDT by LibKill
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To: wretchard
Here is my answer, or fantasy of you prefer. Assuming that Bin-Laden is behind this, which from the radio reports I hear in the background is increasingly likely, we get the Afhganis to turn him over within 24 hours. Use whatever means necessary, bribery coercion, outright threats. But make sure they arrest him and hand him over to us.

Make the release into our hands a public spectacle. Assure that all the major networks, US and worldwide, are present. A large US contingent of diplomats, and of course, US military, should be present.

Have Bin-Laden walk from Afghani custody toward US custody. At the half-way point, have a contigent of Marines open fire, aiming especially for his head.

At the same instant, launch coordinated surgical strikes against Arafat, Qaddafi, Hussein, the PLO, Baghdad, Tehran, and other terrorist groups and nations that may have had a hand in this, or just taken pleasure in the effect.

After this, President Bush immediately appears on television, detailing our limited actions, taking responsibilty for the execution of Bin-Laden, and annnouncing that any further acts of terrorism against America will call for a more extreme response.

14 posted on 09/11/2001 12:12:17 PM PDT by JoeA
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To: Dave Dilegge
This means no quarter given to any country or organization that provides safe haven, logistic, intelligence, moral or other support to terrorist groups and individuals. Such support must be considered an act of war and responded to in kind. Exactly.
15 posted on 09/11/2001 12:12:53 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: GVgirl
Whoever did this was not as smart as they think they are, for the following reasons:

New York City is the last place I'd want to attack. From my experience, New Yorkers aren't fazed by much, and the city will be up and running again before you know it.

Politics, as we know it, has been stopped for at least the next six months. There will be a national will to find out who is responsible, and then send the culprits to their just rewards. 'Talking head' disputes over Social Security and the Budget? GONE! Disputes over any national defense issue? GONE! Hillary complaining about Bush's lack of leadership? GONE! (Shucks, I'm gonna miss that one)

AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, Democrats (and Bill Clinton) saying what a great President he was, as we investigate and revisit what has happened to our national defense and national security over the past 8 years. I don't think too many Clintonites want to be reminded about Bill and Monica, and our attacks on aspirin factories.

Sorry, didn't want to get political, but I just had to vent.

16 posted on 09/11/2001 12:14:44 PM PDT by Night Hides Not
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To: Bryan
I expect that every American airport will now look and operate like an Israeli airport. It will happen.
17 posted on 09/11/2001 12:15:20 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Rockinfreakapotamus, Kristinn, Hail Caesar, BufordP, Anglewood, tgslTakoma
My thoughts. I only work at the Pentagon four or five days each month - still awaiting word about some of my friends and coworkers.
18 posted on 09/11/2001 12:26:09 PM PDT by VaMarVet
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To: Rockinfreakapotamus, Kristinn, Hail Caesar, BufordP, Anglewood, tgslTakoma
My thoughts.
19 posted on 09/11/2001 12:27:39 PM PDT by VaMarVet
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To: wretchard
Wretchard wrote: First. We must get the political authority to destroy the enemy. A declaration of war by the United States Congress will do.

Second. We must take all immediate defensive measures. This largely means counterintelligence. All suspicious aliens must be interned immediately. The guilty should be deported. All terrorist fronts should be closed down ASAP.

Third. We must utterly destroy the source of terrorist activity. Palestine must be destroyed, as well as Syria. Afghanistan's Taliban should be destroyed. This is for starters.

Consider first: a formal declaration of war would only start a war with Palestine and all their allies. And you know those nutcase Muslims would use chemical/bio weapons if they went to war. And they'd try to get them to the US too (and would probably succeed due to poor US security).

Speaking of US security, I bet I could find all the info I wanted about the US military on the internet or in magazines or books. Including location of all marine, navy, army, and air bases, number and capacities of all offensive equipment (fighters, ships, tanks, artillery, missles, etc).

In fact, I started a small project 2 years ago, and I got quite a lot of information. It was scary.

20 posted on 09/11/2001 12:32:02 PM PDT by ChuckR163
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To: RobbyS
I expect that every American airport will now look and operate like an Israeli airport. It will happen.

And why not? In my travels to Europe, I wasn't disturbed by seeing well-disciplined policemen carrying submachineguns in the airports. I found it rather comforting, actually. It's time for complacent USA to wake up. Apparently these terrorists don't understand what happens to Americans when they do things like this. Patriotism and resolve are on their way back.....

21 posted on 09/11/2001 12:33:59 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Dave Dilegge
Americans of 2001 have very little in common with Americans of 1941. So, I'm not sure the analogy is completely accurate.
22 posted on 09/11/2001 12:34:39 PM PDT by VoodooEconomist
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To: RobbyS
I expect that every American airport will now look and operate like an Israeli airport. It will happen.

And why not? In my travels to Europe, I wasn't disturbed by seeing well-disciplined policemen carrying submachineguns in the airports. I found it rather comforting, actually. It's time for complacent USA to wake up. Apparently these terrorists don't understand what happens to Americans when they do things like this. Patriotism and resolve are on their way back.....

23 posted on 09/11/2001 12:34:42 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: JoeA
Dear JoeA:

The days of peace are over. Now that we are at war the measures will be extreme, expensive and will demand sacrifices of us all.

Iraq, Libya, the Sudan and Palestine have to be destroyed as political entities. No surgical strikes. Their governments must be destroyed and given over to a friendly power as spoils. Palestine to Israel. The Sudan to its nearest neighbor. Iraq to Turkey etc. Yasser Arafat to be captured, tried in New York and hung by the neck until dead.
24 posted on 09/11/2001 12:41:51 PM PDT by wretchard
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To: VoodooEconomist
Americans of 2001 have very little in common with Americans of 1941. So, I'm not sure the analogy is completely accurate.

Wait and see - then FReep mail me.

25 posted on 09/11/2001 12:42:31 PM PDT by VaMarVet
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To: VoodooEconomist
It's time the pendulum swings back the other way, then, and we start to act like that great generation of WW II. It's time to get their courage and character back and not let all they fought and died for be in vain!
26 posted on 09/11/2001 12:48:59 PM PDT by c. l. coffman
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To: wretchard
I agree with you. Bush's statement of we will track down these terrorists and punish them is lame.
27 posted on 09/11/2001 12:53:05 PM PDT by kjam22
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To: Dave Dilegge
The Car Bomb reports were declared false long ago.

A dark day for america.... now its time tim whoop some arse.

Continuing coverage of events

28 posted on 09/11/2001 12:53:17 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Dave Dilegge
To our list of shrines:
The Alamo
The Maine
Pearl Harbor

Another has been added:
The World Trade Center

Let us never forget!

29 posted on 09/11/2001 12:53:58 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: VoodooEconomist
"Americans of 2001 have very little in common with Americans of 1941. So, I'm not sure the analogy is completely accurate."

I'm with you there; in 1941, Americans were, well, Americans. Now we're "Hispanics," and "Palestinians" (an ethnicity whose future is in doubt), and "African-Americans" and every other hyphenated-American you can think of.
I've no doubt that the ACLU will be suing to preserve the right to terrorist acts as protected "free speech."

30 posted on 09/11/2001 1:00:51 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: JoeA
aiming especially for his head.

No. His head should be preserved after decapitation, then it should be displayed on a pike in the UN General Assembly.

31 posted on 09/11/2001 1:03:10 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: wretchard
As someone commented this morning: It's time to pacify the Mideast and turn it into a parking lot.
32 posted on 09/11/2001 1:10:17 PM PDT by pankot
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To: ChuckR163
"...those nutcase Muslims would use chemical/bio weapons if they went to war."

And how would they deliver those weapons? By camel?

33 posted on 09/11/2001 1:13:04 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: wretchard
Where is Harry Truman when we need him most? Semper-Fi Chopper 1
34 posted on 09/11/2001 1:15:14 PM PDT by chopper 1
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To: Redbob
This may de-hyphenate some people. I sure hope so.
35 posted on 09/11/2001 1:19:12 PM PDT by Britton J Wingfield
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To: Dave Dilegge
This means no quarter given to any country or organization that provides safe haven, logistic, intelligence, moral or other support to terrorist groups and individuals.

I figure we have about a week during which we can do pretty much anything we want, and our usual International Friends will keep their mouths shut. Even Putin sent a telegram to Bush, essentially telling him to go ahead and bomb whoever he needs to.

This would therefore be a good time to show our many friends throughout the Islamic world what the benefits are of harboring Bin Laden. I think the Taliban can serve as an example to others of how forgiving we can be when their "guest" sends his suicide squads out to act against us on behalf of Allah.

We probably also have some good bank records telling us who has been funding this guy. They should get a visit from the B-2's as well. And while we're at it, this provides an excellent excuse to turn Saddam's various palaces into pancakes. Maybe glass pancakes.


36 posted on 09/11/2001 1:20:11 PM PDT by Nick Danger
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To: Redbob
This may de-hyphenate some people. I sure hope so.
37 posted on 09/11/2001 1:21:28 PM PDT by Britton J Wingfield
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To: ChuckR163
Wretchard wrote: First. We must get the political authority to destroy the enemy.

Not to sound like the wet blanket in the crowd, I seriously doubt that we the political will to truly destroy an enemy. The liberal/leftist elitists have been working nonstop for 30+ years, to emasculate our military, undermine our morals and erode our sense of will.

While I do think we should turn Afghanistan into a collective field of molten glass (Syria and the Palestinians, too), I don't think Bush OR Congress have the stones, to do what's right. I think they lost that ability decades ago, as demonstrated by the impeachment/non-conviction of Bubba.

I simply think they're too pussified to do much of anything, anymore, except suck blood from the public sector, like so many leeches.

IMHO.

38 posted on 09/11/2001 1:34:53 PM PDT by Capitalist Eric
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To: Antityrant, Jimmy Valentine's brother, Gore_War_Vet, Gunsareok, Ironman, RaceBannon, leadpenny
Just my thoughts on this whole thing.....
39 posted on 09/11/2001 1:36:57 PM PDT by VaMarVet
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To: Redbob
How you ask? How about truck, car, boat, airplane, backpack, or virtually any other mode of transportation. Transit security in the U.S. is nonexistant, and you can cross the border with ease. If illegal drug runners can find a way in with impunity, so can a determined terrorist organization.
40 posted on 09/11/2001 1:39:43 PM PDT by Kosh
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To: Kosh
I think they did it today because

today's date is 911.

41 posted on 09/11/2001 1:42:49 PM PDT by Nitro
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To: Coop
Thoughts...
42 posted on 09/11/2001 1:45:55 PM PDT by VaMarVet
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To: Dave Dilegge
The Pentagon is a legitimate military target to an enemy that has declared war upon us. Bin-Laden HAS declared war on the US in the past...we just brushed it off and chose to ignore it. This is not terrorism anymore, it is WAR!
43 posted on 09/11/2001 2:02:59 PM PDT by NeonKnight
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To: ChuckR163
Consider first: a formal declaration of war would only start a war with Palestine and all their allies. And you know those nutcase Muslims would use chemical/bio weapons if they went to war. And they'd try to get them to the US too (and would probably succeed due to poor US security).

Palestine? I don't think they are the culprits. Try Bin-Laden or some other Saudi sponsered snake. All Arabs are not one, just as all Caucasions are not one and all Asians are not one and all Latinos are not one. We need Arab allies to help us deal with this situation.

Be aware of your enemies, but do not let fear defeat you. If you fear a weapon of theirs, do not recoil in terror. Find it and destroy it.

44 posted on 09/11/2001 2:19:42 PM PDT by NeonKnight
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To: FlyVet
Likely access to the four hijacked planes was by food service personnel and their virtual unfettered freedom. Many are undocumented immigrants. They could have placed key weapons on board and passenger security would be effectively and easily compromised. No doubt the FBI, etc. are now examining passenger lists as well as service company payrolls. Yet 8-10 men with fake ID, four of whom could drive a 757 (same cockpit as 767)could manage this triage.
45 posted on 09/11/2001 2:31:17 PM PDT by masadaman
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To: Redbob
"...those nutcase Muslims would use chemical/bio weapons if they went to war."
And how would they deliver those weapons? By camel?

No, they would put it in a briefcase, take a cab ride to the base of a skyscraper, ride the elevator up to the top, then spray it off the top floor observation deck.

*THINK*, man.

Nuclear weapons can be "delivered" the same way. You don't need a missile to detonate a nuke in the middle of a city.

46 posted on 09/11/2001 2:32:19 PM PDT by Dan Day
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To: Redbob
"...those nutcase Muslims would use chemical/bio weapons if they went to war."
And how would they deliver those weapons? By camel?

No, they would put it in a briefcase, take a cab ride to the base of a skyscraper, ride the elevator up to the top, then spray it off the top floor observation deck.

*THINK*, man.

Nuclear weapons can be "delivered" the same way. You don't need a missile to detonate a nuke in the middle of a city.

47 posted on 09/11/2001 2:32:27 PM PDT by Dan Day
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To: Dave Dilegge
Isn't this the anniversary of Black September?
48 posted on 09/11/2001 2:53:20 PM PDT by Bryan
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To: Dave Dilegge
Brilliant piece, Dave. I'm glad I know ya. Thanks.
BTW, I was just about to get on the 14th St. Bridge, and right next to the Pentagon when I heard the explosion. I looked left in time to see the fireball. My beloved country has changed forever.
49 posted on 09/11/2001 3:32:32 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
D - good to hear you are fine - my boss cannot be accounted for yet.
50 posted on 09/11/2001 3:46:56 PM PDT by VaMarVet
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