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Remembering Our Generation’s Pearl Harbor

911-planesOn 9/11/01 A group of largely Saudi terrorists and radical Islamists hijacked planes and crashed them into important symbols of American economic and military power. Our response was to ignore the fact that Saudis were chiefly responsible and instead bomb Afghanistan because it was our belief that someone there had planned the attack. A Saudi.

All of this would seem odd to anyone observing it. It was like attacking Mexico when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor because someone involved in the planning had visited Mexico on their vacation that year and had done some planning while there.

Yes, I am aware that the 9/11 attack wasn’t a Saudi national act. But neither was it an Afghani. And to this day our government has continued to whitewash the fact that the terrorists came from Saudi Arabia and so did their backing.

Lest we forget…

Remembering 9/11 Around the World

NZZ observes

Zum zehnten Jahrestag der Anschläge von 11. September gedenken Menschen in aller Welt der Opfer des Terrors. Am frühen Sonntagmorgen (MESZ) begannen im Pazifikraum erste Gedenkfeiern, bei denen sich Politiker und Angehörige der Toten versammelten. Von Sydney bis New York finden Zeremonien statt, die an die beinahe 3000 Menschen aus mehr als 90 Ländern erinnern sollen, die bei den Anschlägen ums Leben kamen.

The last is an important point which we Americans too often forget- people from over 90 countries died on that horrible day. The world mourned then and remembers now.

Yes, even in Australia and Malaysia, they’re remembering:

Auch in Malaysia und Australien gedachten Familien ihrer Angehörigen, die bei den Anschlägen auf das World Trade Center getötet wurden. In Tokio verharrten Trauernde vor einem Stück Stahl von Ground Zero in Erinnerung an Bankangestellte, die bei den Anschlägen ihr Leben verloren.

9/11 wasn’t simply an attack on America, it was an attack on the world.

Religion Doesn’t Legitimize Power or Terror

There’s a good piece at Reformierte Info on 9/11.  Take a look.

Michael Rieger

With The Anniversary of 9/11 Approaching…

Here’s the passage that comes to mind:

Jeremiah 18:1 Jeremiah received the LORD’s word: 2 Go down to the potter’s house, and I’ll give you instructions about what to do there. 3 So I went down to the potter’s house; he was working on the potter’s wheel. 4 But the piece he was making was flawed while still in his hands, so the potter started on another, as seemed best to him. 5 Then the LORD’s word came to me: 6 House of Israel, can’t I deal with you like this potter, declares the LORD? Like clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in mine, house of Israel! 7 At any time I may announce that I will dig up, pull down, and destroy a nation or kingdom; 8 but if that nation I warned turns from its evil, then I’ll relent and not carry out the harm I intended for it. 9 At the same time, I may announce that I will build and plant a nation or kingdom; 10 but if that nation displeases and disobeys me, then I’ll relent and not carry out the good I intended for it. 11 Now say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem: This is what the LORD says: I am a potter preparing a disaster for you; I’m working out a plan against you. So each one of you, turn from your evil ways; reform your ways and your actions. 12 But they said, “What’s the use! We will follow our own plans and act according to our own willful, evil hearts.”

Fitting. Especially v. 12. If that isn’t the motto of our time I don’t know what is. Here it is in the original (for those of you unwilling to suffer the veil)

הַדָּבָר֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר הָיָ֣ה אֶֽל־יִרְמְיָ֔הוּ מֵאֵ֥ת יְהוָ֖ה לֵאמֹֽר׃
2 ק֥וּם וְיָרַדְתָּ֖ בֵּ֣ית הַיֹּוצֵ֑ר וְשָׁ֖מָּה אַשְׁמִֽיעֲךָ֥ אֶת־דְּבָרָֽי׃
3 וָאֵרֵ֖ד בֵּ֣ית הַיֹּוצֵ֑ר עֹשֶׂ֥ה מְלָאכָ֖ה עַל־הָאָבְנָֽיִם׃
4 וְנִשְׁחַ֣ת הַכְּלִ֗י אֲשֶׁ֨ר ה֥וּא עֹשֶׂ֛ה בַּחֹ֖מֶר בְּיַ֣ד הַיֹּוצֵ֑ר וְשָׁ֗ב וַֽיַּעֲשֵׂ֙הוּ֙ כְּלִ֣י אַחֵ֔ר כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר יָשַׁ֛ר בְּעֵינֵ֥י הַיֹּוצֵ֖ר לַעֲשֹֽׂות׃
5 וַיְהִ֥י דְבַר־יְהוָ֖ה אֵלַ֥י לֵאמֹֽור׃
6 הֲכַיֹּוצֵ֨ר הַזֶּ֜ה לֹא־אוּכַ֨ל לַעֲשֹׂ֥ות לָכֶ֛ם בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל נְאֻם־יְהוָ֑ה הִנֵּ֤ה כַחֹ֙מֶר֙ בְּיַ֣ד הַיֹּוצֵ֔ר כֵּן־אַתֶּ֥ם בְּיָדִ֖י בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
7 רֶ֣גַע אֲדַבֵּ֔ר עַל־גֹּ֖וי וְעַל־מַמְלָכָ֑ה לִנְתֹ֥ושׁ וְלִנְתֹ֖וץ וּֽלְהַאֲבִֽיד׃
8 וְשָׁב֙ הַגֹּ֣וי הַה֔וּא מֵרָ֣עָתֹ֔ו אֲשֶׁ֥ר דִּבַּ֖רְתִּי עָלָ֑יו וְנִֽחַמְתִּי֙ עַל־הָ֣רָעָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר חָשַׁ֖בְתִּי לַעֲשֹׂ֥ות לֹֽו׃
9 וְרֶ֣גַע אֲדַבֵּ֔ר עַל־גֹּ֖וי וְעַל־מַמְלָכָ֑ה לִבְנֹ֖ת וְלִנְטֹֽעַ׃
10 וְעָשָׂ֤ה בְּעֵינַ֔י לְבִלְתִּ֖י שְׁמֹ֣עַ בְּקֹולִ֑י וְנִֽחַמְתִּי֙ עַל־הַטֹּובָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר אָמַ֖רְתִּי לְהֵיטִ֥יב אֹותֹֽו׃
11 וְעַתָּ֡ה אֱמָר־נָ֣א אֶל־אִישׁ־יְהוּדָה֩ וְעַל־יֹושְׁבֵ֨י יְרוּשָׁלִַ֜ם לֵאמֹ֗ר כֹּ֚ה אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֔ה הִנֵּ֨ה אָנֹכִ֜י יֹוצֵ֤ר עֲלֵיכֶם֙ רָעָ֔ה וְחֹשֵׁ֥ב עֲלֵיכֶ֖ם מַֽחֲשָׁבָ֑ה שׁ֣וּבוּ נָ֗א אִ֚ישׁ מִדַּרְכֹּ֣ו הָֽרָעָ֔ה וְהֵיטִ֥יבוּ דַרְכֵיכֶ֖ם וּמַעַלְלֵיכֶֽם׃
12 וְאָמְר֖וּ נֹואָ֑שׁ כִּֽי־אַחֲרֵ֤י מַחְשְׁבֹותֵ֙ינוּ֙ נֵלֵ֔ךְ וְאִ֛ישׁ שְׁרִר֥וּת לִבֹּֽו־הָרָ֖ע נַעֲשֶֽׂה׃

Patriot Games

Steve has some really excellent observations in this one.

Patriot Games Earlier this week I had the occasion to find myself in Newark’s Liberty Airport. I had mentally prepared myself for a government-sponsored groping (I find full-body scanners immoral and, no matter what the Patriot Act says, illegal) but I managed to make it through with just emptying my pockets and walking around in my stocking feet. Once I arrived at the gate area, I was once again struck by the duplicitous use of religion in America. Posted abo … Read More

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