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SEOUL-LESS…

By David Vance On December 9th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

These are two new tower blocks proposed to be built in downtown Seoul, South Korea. Remind you of anywhere?

The Dutch architects involved in the design have apologised, saying  “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.” They did not see the resemblance during the design process? The problem with this assertion – apart from its inherent implausibility – is that they have admitted the contrary in Dutch. Thus Jan Knikker of MVRDV told the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, “I have to admit that we also thought of the 9/11 attacks.”

What a grotesque plan.

and this too shall be saluted!

By Mike Cunningham On September 14th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I just wonder if the folks-who-live-on-the-Hill would insist on all who broke the rules be brought to task as well?

 

Hat tip to gCaptain

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

By David Vance On September 11th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Here we see how SOME Muslims in London marked 9/11. They burned the US flag and lauded the 911 terrorists outside the US Embassy, yes in London, not Islamabad.

Anger: Members of the group Muslims Against Crusades burn the American flag during a protest outside the U.S. embassy in London

Now whilst I find this loathsome, it may surprise some when I say that I support the right they have to do so.

Why? Well, we live in a land where people have the right to tell you what you may not want to hear! We embrace freedom, liberty. We allow (peaceful) protest. Those who turned up to praise the 9/11 terrorists simply evidence their own total moral and indeed spiritual darkness.

We ARE better than them and so they can do their little dance of hatred – we will not surrender our values to them. Two words – No Surrender.

“LET’S ROLL OR LET’S ROLL-OVER”?

By David Vance On September 11th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Steyn says it all;

“How are America’s allies remembering the real victims of 9/11?

“Muslim Canucks Deal With Stereotypes Ten Years After 9/11,” reports CTV in Canada. And it’s a short step from stereotyping to criminalizing.

“How The Fear Of Being Criminalized Has Forced Muslims Into Silence,” reports The Guardian in Britain.

In Australia, a Muslim terrorism suspect was so fearful of being criminalized and stereotyped in the post-9/11 epidemic of paranoia that he pulled a Browning pistol out of his pants and hit Sgt. Adam Wolsey of the Sydney constabulary. Fortunately, Judge Leonie Flannery acquitted him of shooting with intent to harm on the grounds that “‘anti-Muslim sentiment’ made him fear for his safety,” as Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported on Friday. That’s such a heartwarming story for this 9/11 anniversary they should add an extra panel to the peace quilt, perhaps showing a terror suspect opening fire on a judge as she’s pronouncing him not guilty and then shrugging off the light shoulder wound as a useful exercise in healing and unity.

What of the 23rd Psalm? It was recited by Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer and the telephone operator Lisa Jefferson in the final moments of his life before he cried “Let’s roll!” and rushed the hijackers.

No, sorry. Aside from firemen, Mayor Bloomberg’s official commemoration hasn’t got any room for clergy, either, what with all Executive Deputy Assistant Directors of Healing and Outreach who’ll be there. One reason why there’s so little room at Ground Zero is because it’s still a building site. As I write in my new book, 9/11 was something America’s enemies did to us; the 10-year hole is something we did to ourselves – and, in its way, the interminable bureaucratic sloth is surely as eloquent as anything Nanny Bloomberg will say in his remarks.

In Shanksville, Pa., the zoning and permitting processes are presumably less arthritic than in Lower Manhattan, but the Flight 93 memorial has still not been completed. There were objections to the proposed “Crescent of Embrace” on the grounds that it looked like an Islamic crescent pointing towards Mecca. The defense of its designers was that, au contraire, it’s just the usual touchy-feely huggy-weepy pansy-wimpy multiculti effete healing diversity mush. It doesn’t really matter which of these interpretations is correct, since neither of them has anything to do with what the passengers of Flight 93 actually did a decade ago. 9/11 was both Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle Raid rolled into one, and the fourth flight was the only good news of the day, when citizen volunteers formed themselves into an ad hoc militia and denied Osama bin Laden what might have been his most spectacular victory. A few brave individuals figured out what was going on and pushed back within half-an-hour. But we can’t memorialize their sacrifice within a decade. And when the architect gets the memorial brief, he naturally assumes there’s been a typing error and that “Let’s roll!” should really be “Let’s roll over!”

And so we commemorate an act of war as a “tragic event,” and we retreat to equivocation, cultural self-loathing, and utterly fraudulent misrepresentation about the events of the day. In the weeks after 9/11, Americans were enjoined to ask “Why do they hate us?” A better question is: “Why do they despise us?” And the quickest way to figure out the answer is to visit the Peace Quilt and the Wish Tree, the Crescent of Embrace and the Hole of Bureaucratic Inertia.”

WILL WE EVER LEARN?

By David Vance On September 11th, 2011 at 7:02 am

These may be hard words but they are spot-on.

“A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Blame America-ism still permeates classrooms and the culture. A special 9/11 curriculum distributed in New Jersey schools advises teachers to “avoid graphic details or dramatizing the destruction” wrought by the 9/11 hijackers, and instead focus elementary school students’ attention on broadly defined “intolerance” and “hurtful words.”

No surprise: Jihadist utterances such as “Kill the Jews,” “Allahu Akbar” and “Behead all those who insult Islam” are not among the “hurtful words” studied.

Middle-schoolers are directed to “analyze diversity and prejudice in U.S. history.” And high-school students are taught “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” – pop-psychology claptrap used to excuse jihadists’ behavior based on their purported low self-esteem and oppressed status caused by “European colonialism.”

It is no wonder that a new poll released this week showed that Americans today “are generally more willing to believe that U.S. policies in the Middle East might have motivated the 9/11 terror attacks on New York and the Pentagon,” according to Reuters.

To make matters worse, we have an appeaser-in-chief who wrote shortly after the jihadist attacks a decade ago that the “essence of this tragedy” derives “from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others.” A “climate of poverty and ignorance” caused the attacks, then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama preached. Never mind the Ivy League and Oxford educations, the oil wealth and the middle-class status of legions of al-Qaida plotters and operatives.

9/11 was a deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged war on the West by Koran-inspired soldiers of Allah around the world. They hated us before George W. Bush was in office. They hated us before Israel existed. And the avengers of the religion of perpetual outrage will keep hating us no matter how much we try to appease them.

The post-9/11 problem isn’t whether we’ll forget. The problem is: Will we ever learn?”

SHANKSVILLE

By David Vance On September 11th, 2011 at 6:56 am

I thought this was pretty moving…

Bow: Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former first lady Laura Bush bow their heads during the remembrance ceremony in Pennsylvania

Symbolic: Former President George W. Bush speaks during the dedication of phase 1 of the permanent Flight 93 National Memorial near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville

The events that occurred on Flight 93 gripped the world as we became aware that the innocents fought back against the terrorists. Those who charged the cockpit not only demonstrated unbelievable courage in the most horrendous circumstances. They went to their Maker fighting back and ten years on, we should remember their spirit.

let us tell our stories

By Mike Cunningham On September 10th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Joanne smiled as she gazed across the living room of the ranch-type home she and her husband had purchased some six years ago. Moving across to the boys’ bedrooms, she smiled again as she faced what looked like a war-zone from one of the messier computer games her eldest had imported, but was in fact the remains of the tornado which was her eldest adopted son Gary. Sports gear grew in a pile at the base of the bed, and she gave her son at least two points for the attempt to reach the basket which she had placed, as she had thought, convenient for her impatient, growing son. Moving across to her other son’s room, she faced the exact opposite of Gary’s ‘crisis centre’; eerily tidy, with not a sock, shirt or shoe out of place, Emilio’s room was like a scene straight out of a ‘Stepford Wives’ movie, everything stacked, sorted, or placed with mathematical neatness on the shelves, except for the big computer which took pride of place on the work desk which had been fitted by her husband Robbie.

Joanne recalled the time when she had gently told Emilio that he didn’t have to leave his room like a Marine corps barracks would look like. Her adopted son blushed and had muttered something about never letting the chaos he had grown up in; be remembered in his present life, so if Mom didn’t mind, he would rather police his room as he had learnt from his new ex-marine Dad. He had hugged her surprisingly tightly, and then said that Gary was untidy enough for the two of them.

Joanne watched out of the picture window as her husband manoeuvred the big Jeep out of the garage, before halting it under the car-port roof, before slipping on her coat and joining her big, rangy husband as he sat behind the wheel of his transportation, as he insisted on calling anything which they possessed with wheels and an engine. She always felt a special thrill as she sat beside the reassuring figure which was Robert Anthony Grant, the same as she felt when first she met him in the crowded elevators of the massive New York office complex where she had worked.  “So where are we going; what’s the surprise?”

A gentle smile rippled across his mobile face as he guided the big four-wheel drive back down the driveway, “Hell, honey, iffen I told you now, it wouldn’t be a surprise, now would it?”

 

This is, of course, a story. But a special story; one which could have happened. It exists along with another two thousand nine-hundred and ninety-five other stories which were interrupted with such terrible violence and finality that fateful morning, that incredibly blue-skied morning; when death had sliced into both of the World Trade Center towers. When a third jet had ploughed into the Pentagon, when a fourth had ended up as smoking segments in a Pennysylvania field; collapsing and ending those life stories.

Who knows what would have been accomplished by the victims and their families if they had been let alone, to live their allotted spans, to meet, to love, to cherish and finally to peacefully die?

If they had been let alone, instead of ending like this:-

TRUE COLOURS

By David Vance On September 1st, 2011 at 8:53 am

The children's coloring book titled 'We Shall Never Forget 9/11'

It’s approaching the 10th anniversay of 9/11 and I suppose this story is typical.

A colouring book designed to teach young children about the September 11 terrorist attacks has prompted a row in the US.

Timed to coincide with the attacks’ tenth anniversary, ‘We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom’, offers parents a tool for educating children who were not born at the time, its publishers say. Scenes outlined in the book include Osama bin Laden hiding behind a woman in a hijab as a bullet from a Navy SEAL’s rifle hurtles towards him during the raid on his Pakistani compound in May. “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating radical Islamic Muslim extremists,” a piece of accompanying text tells readers.

That all sounds fair enough to me. But wait…someone isn’t happy;

Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has described the book as “disgusting” and accused the publishers of peddling intolerance and prejudice to children. “All these characters are painted to the mind of a young person that perhaps all Muslims may be somewhat responsible for 9/11 or that Muslims are an enemy,” said Mr Walid.

Mr Walid – the FACT is that whilst not all Muslims were responsible for 9/11,  a violent and vicious minority WERE entirely responsible 9/11 was conceived by Islamists, carried out by Islamists, and applauded by some Islamists. As time fades the revisionists grow bolder but on this we must be clear; all freedon loving people will condemn the heinous act of JIHAD that took place some ten years ago and if this book helps kids understand that – fine by me.

The Empty Pages

By Mike Cunningham On August 20th, 2011 at 10:58 am

 

When I was still a young man, one of the men who was more or less in the headlines was a footballer named Len Shackleton. As to his prowess on the field, I know very little from memory, as my hero was Jackie Milburn, and he was a giant in Geordie-land; but Len did feature in the headlines for reasons other than footballing actions. The most famous thing produced by Len Shackleton wasn’t a goal, or a foul, but a page in a book. His autobiography, entitled ‘Clown Prince of Soccer’, had a Chapter entitled The Average Director’s Knowledge of Football; it consisted of an empty page. That was humorous, and mainly true, for the ‘directors’ were in football for the glory, and not for the game.

 

Not so humorous are the empty pages featured when the  report of Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 was published, its final 28 pages were blank. All that remained was the heading: “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.”

 

What is still so secret, so embarrassing, so dangerous that, ten years after the 2996 we are still denied knowledge of it?

 

Thawerapsaw, Gadda ge, Baie dankie, Ntyox teru’, Seé, Iyayraykere….

By Mike Cunningham On May 6th, 2011 at 9:33 am

I reckon Joanne would have liked to say ‘thank you’ to a few people.

Men such as the raiders of the United States SEAL team who found and killed Osama bin Laden. People such as the occupants of the CIA ‘safe house’ in that sleepy Pakistani town which was home to the Pakistani equivalent of West Point, or Sandhurst; the guys who actually helped determine whether the shadowy occupant of that well-protected building was the ‘most-wanted’ man in the whole world. Joanne would have liked to shake the hand of the head of the CIA Leon Panetta, and the secretive but steely people who work for that sometimes harshly-judged group, who organised the enhanced search teams upon a directive from his boss, President Obama. Joanne would have spoken kindly to the people who built and flew the helicopters which helped keep the secret of the attack until the last moment.

She might have liked to congratulate the President herself, but would have liked to have also congratulated his predecessor President Bush, because he commenced the tiny, very personal war which ended in the death of bin Laden.

I keep saying ‘would have’, or ‘might’; when writing of Joanne’s thoughts or actions in these days when at least one of America’s enemies has been given the last rites of his religion before being given a burial at sea: but all I can do but surmise. You see, I really don’t know how Joanne would have reacted to the news, but I like to think I have guessed right, because even truly gentle people have a right to get annoyed some time!