9/11 Fifteen Years Later: Remember The Horror (Sticky For Day)

Today marks the 15th anniversary of that dark day, when Islamic jihadis killed 2,996 of our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. In the years since, many more have died from diseases from the pollutants. In the years since, Islamic jihadis have killed and wounded tens of thousands, many of who are other Muslims who haven’t bought into their cult of death.  Four years ago, the USA Today is wondered if 9/11 is becoming just another day, similar to Pearl Harbor Day. Based on the limited coverage by some news outlets, it may be.

People wonder why we should Remember the day in an overt fashion, unlike, say, Pearl Harbor day. Well, we defeated the Japanese within a few years. It was a different type of war. 9/11 was when we were attacked on our continent by people who will not stop anytime soon, an enemy that is not centralized by a nation, who spread according to their religious tenets. Al Qaeda is still around. Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, the rise of ISIS. There are numerous Islamist groups out there. And we cannot forget that it is not just about the violence, but about those who use our own laws, founding documents, and societal mores against Western nations to slowly infiltrate and change our nations. The 9/11 Commission chairman has stated that the threat from Islamic terrorism is worse now than in 2001.

Why should we never forget? Things like this (click the more tag)

We remember the patriotism of the day, and the days after. We remember the heroism of so many. Think of all the firefighters who rushed into the Towers to help, even as people streamed down the same stairwells. The police and paramedics who rushed to the scene. The doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who worked to save so many. The citizens who helped others. And all the first responders, along with the military folks, at the Pentagon. The average citizens on Flight 93, who said “Let’s Roll!” and took the plane down before it could completely its jihadi mission. The NY Times editorial board has a very nice piece on remembering.

One thing that we often forget is the actual horror of the day, the terror. We forget things like

But, do we truly, truly remember the horror?

Nothing encapsulates the terror of the day like people falling from the Towers. Live video showed people hanging on to the side of a skyscraper, so high up that no one could possibly save them. And it showed them falling. Some lost their grip. Some jumped. Think about that. How bad does it have to be that someone would jump from over 50 stories up?

The networks quickly stopped showing this on the day, and limited photos and videos in the days after. Some things are just too much to bear. And they certainly did not show things like this

You are seeing what you think you’re seeing.

Someone worked out that there are bodies and body parts in every red box. The tears in the canopy aren’t all from falling debris. Some are from people.

There’s also the long video The Falling Man. And 102 Minutes That Changed America. There’s a scene where you are viewing the courtyard at the WTC, listening to an elevator music version of Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman, and you hear thumps. Those are people.

There are even more horrible pictures from the day, those of the people who actually hit. That horror we can avoid. But, while we should always remember the heroism of the day, the coming together, we shouldn’t forget the horror, the despair, the terror. Because the people who did this have not gone away. They’ve gotten stronger. And they’d do it again if given a chance.

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11 Responses to “9/11 Fifteen Years Later: Remember The Horror (Sticky For Day)”

  1. Liam Thomas says:

    What can be said.

    S A L U T E.

  2. Jeffery says:

    Our sympathies go out to all the families that have to relive the horror of that day.

    From the 9/11 Commission Chairmen:

    The approach of the past 15 years, dominated by military counterterrorism operations, will not suffice. In the 9/11 Commission Report, we warned that terrorism would “menace Americans and American interests long after Osama bin Laden and his cohorts are killed or captured.” We stressed that our strategy “must match our means to two ends: dismantling the al-Qaeda network and prevailing in the longer term over the ideology that gives rise to Islamist terrorism.” We have yet to match our military might with an equal focus on the ideological aspects of the struggle. Until we do, this threat will not diminish.

  3. Hoagie says:

    and prevailing in the longer term over the ideology that gives rise to Islamist terrorism.”

    Islamic terrorism being the implementation of Islamic philosophy. All one needs do is read their books.

    We have yet to match our military might with an equal focus on the ideological aspects of the struggle. Until we do, this threat will not diminish.

    Our “military might” means nothing if we refuse to use it to it’s maximum potential and willfully bring the enemy into our country. We cannot defeat the “ideological aspects of the struggle” until they recognize and call them what they are.

    Islam is a political theocracy which uses conquest, subterfuge and religion to achieve its ends. It’s been like that for 1400 years an shows no indication of changing. In the last century the leftists manage to murder over 100 million people. The moslems, over the last 1400 have an estimated 400 million under their belt and they show no signs of quitting today. Yet we allow them in America. It’s akin to allowing Nazi’s to come to America and set up recruitment centers in the major cities and in the prisons in 1942. One would need to be stupid or anti American.

  4. Jeffery says:

    So you think Muslims are just like Nazis? Do you think all Muslims are our enemy? (Islamic terrorists view you as their enemy.)

    How would you eliminate the jihadists?

    Do you, like Trump, know more than the generals, the chairpersons of the 9/11 commission and everyone else?

  5. The Neon Madman says:

    I will never forget the sounds of bodies hitting the ground. The news coverage was no longer showing the jumpers or the aftermath, but they could still be heard on the mikes.

    It will fade. The media won’t show much of the action that day, and as the years pass more and more of the people alive will have been born after the day and it will have no real meaning to them.

    But I will never forget.

  6. john says:

    should blame be put on the POTUS or the terrorists?

  7. Hoagie says:

    should blame be put on the POTUS or the terrorists?

    If you’re a hate filled anti American the POTUS, William Jefferson Clinton for allowing Bin Laden to live.

  8. Hoagie says:

    But after all john, what good is a national tragedy if you filthy leftists can’t make it into a political statement? You can blame Clinton, I blame the terrorists. They are still killing people here and around the world aren’t they?

  9. drowningpuppies says:

    The Other 9-11 — Benghazi 9-11-2012
    Never Forget

    Chris Stevens
    Sean Smith
    Tyrone Woods
    Glen Doherty


  10. Dana says:

    Jeffrey wrote:

    So you think Muslims are just like Nazis? Do you think all Muslims are our enemy?

    Perhaps if we changed that to “So you think Germans are just like Nazis? Do you think all Germans are our enemy?”

    In World War II, the last war we actually won, yes, we did treat all Germans just like we treated the Nazis. We bombed Germany mercilessly, and yes, innocent women and children were blown up and burned to death right along with the fanatical Nazis. That’s what it took to win that war!

    You win wars by killing your enemies and destroying the ability of the survivors to continue to make war against you. You kill not only as many of their fighting-aged men as you possibly can, but you destroy the ability of the boys growing up to become fighters when they reach fighting age, by killing and maiming and so thoroughly terrorizing the ones who are not injured that they have no inclination to continue to fight. You devastate the civilian populations so thoroughly that their sole concern is getting enough food to survive the next days and weeks, and continuing the struggle is simply not an option.

    You can try to differentiate between the “good Muslims” and “bad Muslims” and “innocent Muslims” all that you want, but the simple reality is that the vast majority of Muslims, the ones who are not fighting, still form the support structure which enables the few who are fighters to fight. The good Germans who weren’t in the Wehrmacht or the Schutzstaffel were still manufacturing arms for the military, were still operating the trains which took the Jews to the death camps, and were still growing the food to feed the armies in the field. The Israelis have realized that the good Palestinians, the ones not fighting, are still providing food and clothing and shelter and concealment for Hamas.

    When it comes to a war, you can either fight, or surrender. If you are going to fight, then actually fight, fight to win, don’t pussyfoot around, and realize that, in war, the only rule is to kill your enemies, or let yourself be killed by them.

  11. Bunkerville says:

    Thanks for the link. I have you on my roll!

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