9/11: The Injustice Still Grates–UPDATED

September 11, 2009 / 12:17 am • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

Eight years later, I’m still angry. Decent Americans, going about their business–going to work on a gorgeous Indian summer day got the shock of their lives. Buildings crashed down around them and nothing would be the same.

A new friend in Texas moved from the New York a couple years ago, finally. She worked in the Twin Towers and happened to be late for work. She just couldn’t get over it. She still shakes.

My sister’s friend best friend completely lost it. He worked for a business in the Towers and came undone. He quit working. Now, his friend, who also worked in the Towers has managed to cope and move on and live.

And then there are those, like HotAir’s Allahpundit who lived through it. I’m not sure he knew what he was doing when he started, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen it on Twitter. Allah remembered from beginning to end his experience of 9/11. It is so moving, I decided to screen capture it all and save it for posterity. Please go read it all.

Eight years later, I still sob watching this:

Flashes of memories stay with me. In 2007, I asked, “Would it kill the Left to cry just a little?” Bookworm says:

The current administration seems bound and determined to forget 9/11. To this end, it grovels before those who wish to kill us, disarms those who wish to protect us (our military, our CIA), frees those who have raised their hands against us, and tries to turn 9/11 into a socialist worker’s holiday. That may be the current administration, but that’s not me. I will never forget those who died that day, nor will I ever forgive either the people or the ideology that gave rise to the attack. With the government as it is now, we must, more vigilantly than ever before, remember that we are vulnerable if we let our guard down.

The only thing to do is to continue to fight and to rid the earth of this human plague. An immune system kills every cancer cell, and when they get too many, the whole body is overwhelmed. So we must continue to fight and defend, ever vigilant. We must also live. The body doesn’t stop to fight. It fights and lives.

America must continue to fight and live. That’s the only way for our beloved culture and country and people to survive.


The Anchoress feels ambivalent, it seems. Every year, I take the day and mourn. It is a circumscribed mourning.

When my son died, for years I felt a diffuse pain that never left. And even now, there’s a naggy ache that is always just on the edge of my experience twelve years later. At a certain point, though, to survive, the mourning had to be more enclosed. For too long, it seeped into all parts of my life and was everywhere. It was depression–a helpless pain that invaded my whole being. The solution was to make it more intense but less diffuse. And so, on the anniversary of his death, I mourn.

The same goes for 9/11. The horror of it all was everywhere for a long time. But life cannot be lead feeling paralyzed with grief and fear. And so, each 9/11, I watch a video like I linked to here and I sob. And I don’t do it in a forced way. There has yet to be an anniversary of this event that doesn’t touch me somewhere deep. I feel the wound on America’s soul as my own. I feel the violation of America’s cheery, optimistic openness as a personal assault.

Like the rapist waiting in the dark ally for the first happy woman to walk by, or the thieves sneaking into someone’s house they envy, or the serial killing murderer blinded by hate and sadism, the terrorists spent time plotting against America. They want us to feel pain and hoped the pain would have been greater. They hated life so much they were willing to take their own in order to steal the joy of others. They were and are evil. There are those plotting against us this moment. And they would take delight in repeating, or exceeding, the destruction of 9/11.

And even still, America has returned to her optimistic self. Of course, there are more banal foes–the economic cycle expands and contracts and that can cause pain, too. And right now, the pain of being out of work and trying desperately to keep a home or feed a family outweighs a theoretical threat. The threat still exists. But people move on to more pressing problems.

Remembering for a day, though, honors the lost. It honors our own personal loss. America after 9/11 just isn’t the same. How can it be? Pretending otherwise is nonsense, psychobabble b.s.

The worst thing for the victim of a crime is to pretend it didn’t happen. To be told, “you should be over this by now” or worse, “it really didn’t happen that way.” Maybe that’s why I’m not interested in a national day of service. Not on this day. Sure, it’s important to use the negative energy and harness it and use if for good, but that can be done tomorrow. And the next day.

Today, we remember.

Michelle Malkin says,”Remembrance is worthless without resolve. Resolve is useless without action.”

She also reminds us that there is only two ways to go, because the enemy will only accept this outcome: Lan astaslem which is Arabic for “I will not submit.” I won’t submit. Today, I take the opportunity to remember that and remind the enemy, too.

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  • Paul Gordon

    As some of you may be aware, The Won is seeking to desecrate 9/11 as a “Day of National Service” instead, with the excuse that “We need to move on”.

    I recall, years ago when we were toppling the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the Taliban leader Mullah Omar whining to some journalist that we should “Get over it!”.

    To which my response must be not only “No!”, but “Hell No!!!”.

    Like many, I was at work on that day, learning of it when co-workers told me to check out CNN on the internet, and watched it play out, watching with horror when the buildings collapsed with so many still inside.

    The next day, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, normally a fairly angry liberal wrote a column ( reproduced at WTC Trbute – We’ll Go Forward From this Moment ) in which he observed…

    Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We’re frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae — a singer’s revealing dress, a ball team’s misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We’re wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though — peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

    Some people — you, perhaps — think that any or all of this makes us weak. You’re mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.

    And concluded with…

    So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that’s the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange:

    You don’t know my people.
    You don’t know what we’re capable of.
    You don’t know what you just started.

    But you’re about to learn.

    THIS is how I’ll remember 9/11, for a VERY long time to come.

  • Amen, Dr. Melissa, Amen.

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  • In Elizabeth’s defense, I didn’t get ambivalence from her post, but more of a queasy sense of unease. I feel it, too. 9/11 is always a dreadful day for me and this year it seemed to weigh on me so much more. I feel besieged by my own government and see the future of my family evaporating before my eyes. America is weakened every time Obama opens his mouth – it’s just another crippling dose of Kryptonite.

    Dr. Walid Phares said today we’re still confused:

    Rarely over the past eight years have we received good clear answers. Our debate was hopelessly disabled by large segments of our own political establishment, which advocated exaggerated apology; our public perception was outmaneuvered by the Jihadist propaganda worldwide. For years any clear identification of the enemy, its ideology, its strategies and how to counter them has been lacking.

    In no conflict throughout history were people still confused about the threat eight years after hostilities began. For America, neither WWI nor WWII had lasted half that long. And in those wars we not only achieved victory in that time, but we knew long before that — with crystalline precision — who our foes were and what we had to do to defeat them.

    Unfortunately, in the years after the 9/11 war began, most academic and some media elite and, most recently and stunningly, top advisors on national security continued to affirm that Jihad is just some Islamic equivalent of yoga. Despite the mobilizing Presidential speeches of earlier years in this conflict, the bureaucratic machine didn’t fight this war; in fact it pushed it to fail and eventually crumble.

    I’m not giving up or giving in, but like Elizabeth, I feel a need to turn inward a bit, to get some bearings, before I come out with all barrels blazing!

  • Obi’s Sister,

    I didn’t mean the word “ambivalent” as a negative. It’s a day of conflicting emotions for everyone. Maybe ambivalent is the wrong word.

    The unease has infected America.

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