We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On 9/11, I awoke, turned on the computer, saw something bad had happened in New York, turned on the TV in the living room, and sat there from 6AM to 9PM Pacific. My then 1 Ĺ year old son was toddling around. Several times I hugged him and cried, for America, for New Yorkers, for the battles that I was sure lay ahead, and for my sonís future in that world.
My son has a Hebrew name, shield of Joshua, and an English name, non-labeling, as he, his younger brother and my wife visit my mother-in-law in Dusseldorf, Germany for a month each summer. We donít want the boys targeted by the increased number of open anti-Semites in Europe, especially the radical Arab youth who prowl the streets. Some of the wonderful counselors at the summer camp my sons go to in Dusseldorf are Muslim. My sons are warned to keep their religion to themselves, not knowing who might be infected with hate. The synagogue in Dusseldorf is well-secured and under constant police protection.
Back home, in suburban San Diego, my sons donít have that fear. But, since 9/11 there is a locked gate and a guard at the Jewish preschool my sons attended, and guards around our synagogue. The fear is spreading in the US, as is the Leftist-Muslim alliance to delegitimize Israel and to stir hate. We have Muslim friends, who are not radical, and appreciate being in the US. And, 64% of Arabs in the US are Christian, who know persecution for not being Muslim. Unfortunately, their voices, though subdued, are drowned out by those with bigger mouths and designs.
Last Memorial Day, we went to Petco for a Padres game. At the end was a stirring salute to the US military. On the way home, my now 10-year old son, knowing I served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, quietly asked me what I felt. I told him, simply, that sometimes we have to fight, not because we want to, only after trying not to, to do good and to survive.
To my surprise, a few weeks ago, my son came into my office and told me he was watching a four-part, two-hour, documentary about 9/11 on Youtube. Since 9/11, Iíve not watched such films, trying to avoid the pain and fear I felt in 2001. Neither had my son watched any, or been taught about it in school.
I watched the documentary, very factual and matter-of-fact, with my son. After, I asked my son what he was feeling.
He said, ďIím glad the US has people who will fight so another 9/11 or worse doesnít happen again.Ē
There is some insanity roaming this land, which equates freedom with tolerance. A belief in appeasement, hoping that the raver will not eat you if you are nice, quiet or meek.
Chamberlain's statement is exhibit "A" followed by "B", the videos of the Arab street celebrating the demise of the towers on 9-11.
The philosophy of the post-modernist and the squishy ethics required to believe such bilge brings this to your world.
Ever more, when I see footage of 9/11 I am angry.
Angry not so much at the people who did it (they're not human beings, I'm not angry at a shark attacking a swimmer either, it's the nature of the beast and that's why it's killed), not at those who sent them (ditto), certainly not at the victims, but at our own press and politicians who not only legitimise the terrorists but villify me and everyone else who dares disagree with them.
I'm angry at the "9/11 truthers", who would have people believe the US government (especially "Bush" of course) did it, not Muhammedans (no use adding "radicals" to that, they're radical by definition in comparison to pretty much anyone else).
I'm angry at all those who danced in the streets all over the world to celebrate these despicable acts.
I'm angry at those in the west who refused (not failed) to see the warning signs and act to prevent these attacks because doing so might not be "politically correct".
I've had discussions with a few friends over the last week or two. They want to know why we can't just ban these disgusting koran-burners and anti-Park 51 Mosque protesters. Each time I patiently reply that to do so would, in effect, be establishing Islam as the official religion of America by making it the only one to enjoy protection from criticism and insult - basically instituting an anti-blasphemy law in civil law.
I think I've made a couple ex-friends over the last few weeks because of my value neutral explanation of the First Amendment's workings. This Islamacist/Leftist alliance is a sick thing and it is diseasing a lot of otherwise fine minds, not to mention making any real long term rapproachment between Islam and the west impossible. The right has framed it as "to what degree must we tolerate Islamic views within civil law," while the left has framed it as "tolerate Islamacist views or else." Jews are caught in the crossfire here, and I regret that, but I will note that the stakes are being raised quite a bit higher thanks to leftist political choices.