Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Importance of Remembering 9/11

Mike recommended a show that was on the National Geographic channel last night. Inside 9/11 is by far one of the best comprehensive documentaries on 9/11. It is a four hour program and the first 2 hours are dedicated to what lead up to 9/11 and the last two hours detail the day of 9/11 and the aftermath. My 10 yr. old son watched it with me and learned a lot. I realized he was only 5 when it happened and probably wasn't aware of much during that time except that it was a big deal and his mom cried a lot.

I think it is so important to remember 9/11 and it seems like so many liberals have forgotten already. Darryl Worley's song, Have You Forgotten? has never been more true than it is today. Why do you think the liberals are screaming about the patriot act? They have already forgotten that if we had had that in place pre-9/11 the terror of that day may very well have been prevented. The main cause of 9/11 was lack of communication between agencies that weren't allowed to share information with each other. Which is exactly what the patriot act allows. The patriot act tears down that wall that kept the agencies from communicating with each other. It would be a tragedy if the liberals ever got their way and got rid of the patriot act. A man on the documentary said that FBI officials realized that not enough people died during the 93 bombing and so people wouldn't take terrorism seriously until more died. Now people are saying that we might need another 9/11 for people to realize how serious the threat is that we face. It saddens me that people don't understand the seriousness of the threat.

My friend that went to see World Trade Center with me mentioned that she thought the movie's timing might have been part of what helped Bush's poll numbers going back up. I thought about that and I thought the movie and the recent thwarted attack probably both helped a lot. When the American people remember what we're facing they realize what an awesome job W is doing by protecting our country from terror. Michael Barone makes that exact point with his recent column entitled: As election looms, GOP seeing ‘terrorist factor’ bounce in polls

Here are some excerpts:
"When asked what would affect the future, the British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously said: "Events, dear boy. Events." The event this month that I think has done most to shape opinion was the arrest in London on Aug. 9 of 23 Muslims suspected of plotting to blow up American airliners over the Atlantic.

The arrests were a reminder that there still are lots of people in the world — and quite possibly in this country, too — who are trying to kill as many of us as they can and to destroy our way of life.

The political acrimony of 2004 and 2005 and this year made it seem remote. The London arrests reminded us it's still there.

We've had other reminders, too. For four years, Hollywood has seemed mostly uninterested in the war on terrorism — in vivid contrast to its enlistment in World War II.

But this year, we've seen the release of "United 93," and, in "World Trade Center," Oliver Stone presents us not with one of his conspiracy theories but, instead, a story of heroism. On Sept. 10 and 11, ABC will devote six hours of prime time to "The Path to 9-11," a fast-paced, bracing docudrama that tells the story of the terrorists and the people who tried to stop them, from the first WTC bombing in 1993 to 9-11 itself. And this will be only one of many commemorations of the fifth anniversary.

Earlier this summer, I thought that voters had decided that the Republicans deserved to lose but were not sure that the Democrats deserved to win, and that they were going to wait, as they did in the 1980 presidential and the 1994 congressional elections, to see if the opposition was an acceptable alternative. Events seem to have made that a harder sell for Democrats. A change in the winds."

And believe it or not I waited so long to sign up for the 2,996 9/11 blogger tribute that they have over 2,996 people assigned already. But thankfully they are now assigning people twice so I got my name and will blog about her on 9/11. I encourage all of you that haven't signed up already to go here to sign up.

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