Ten years later it is still as horrifying, heartbreaking and infuriating. May God continue to bless the souls of those who were murdered and the loved ones they left behind.
Courtesy of the red, white and blue.
Declaring “justice has been done,” President Obama announced late Sunday that Usama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, marking the end of the worldwide manhunt that began nearly a decade ago on Sept. 11, 2001.
The president made the stunning announcement within hours of informing congressional leaders. He said bin Laden was killed Sunday, the culmination of years of intelligence gathering. The news drew a large crowd to the front of the White House, as well as in Times Square, as people chanted “USA. USA.”
Rot. In. Hell.
On November 15th, while Americans were being subjected to being groped by TSA agents and/or body scans, a North Carolina teen made his way onto the tarmac at the Charlotte airport and climbed into the wheel well of US Air jet. He later plunged to his death, landing in a quiet Milton, Massachusetts neighborhood.
The grieving mother of a North Carolina teen — who “likely” plummeted from the sky over Milton after toppling out of a Boeing 737 wheel well — slammed airport security last night, saying her boy should have been stopped on the tarmac.
“I thought that after 9/11 there would be more security, especially on the ground,” said Jonette Washington, mother of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale.
“He was a good kid. He wasn’t really going to Boston. He was trying to get to Baltimore to get to me,” she tearfully told the Herald.
In a stunning announcement, Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating said yesterday it’s “likely” the teen climbed into a wheel well of a jet in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 15 and fell to his death over Milton at about 9 p.m. Keating said a neighbor heard “a loud crashing noise” around that time.
Imagine what could have happened if it had been a terrorist who had climbed into that wheel well and not just a messed up teenager? It’s a good thing we’re groping nuns and toddlers at airports, huh?
Nine years ago today, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Nine years later, we are in the midst of political and idealogical battles one would not have thought imaginable in those days of unity. Imagine if someone had told you that the next administration would try the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in a civilian court in lower Manhattan? How about a mosque at Ground Zero supported by same said administration? You would have been indignant. Welcome to 9/11/1o. Welcome to our new reality where, for so many, this year feels more raw; as though a scab has been ripped off and the unhealed wound has been left exposed anew.
I, for one, will not be lectured by my government or members of the media about tolerance. My resolve is only strengtehned by their preaching. My commitment to never forget is renewed.
What a bunch of unenlightened Islamophobes you New Yorkers are.
Two-thirds of New York City residents want a planned Muslim community center and mosque to be relocated to a less controversial site farther away from ground zero in Lower Manhattan, including many who say they favor the project, according to a New York Times poll.
Nearly a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks ignited a wave of anxiety about Muslims, many in the country’s biggest and arguably the most cosmopolitan city still have an uneasy relationship with Islam. One fifth of New Yorkers acknowledged animosity toward Muslims. Thirty-three percent said that, compared with other American citizens, Muslims were more sympathetic to terrorists. And nearly 60 percent said that their friends had negative feelings toward Muslims because of 9/11.
Over all, 50 percent of those surveyed oppose the project’s construction two blocks north of the World Trade Center site, even though a majority believe that the developers have the right to do so. Thirty-five percent favor it.
Opposition is most intense in the city’s outer boroughs — 54 percent in the Bronx — but it is even strong in Manhattan, considered a bastion of religious tolerance, where 41 percent are against it.
Get ready for another lecture from Dhimmi Bloomberg, bigots.
First, he says the U.S. is an accessory to 9/11, then he refuses to call Hamas a terrorist organization and now this:
New audio has surfaced of the imam behind the controversial mosque near Ground Zero allegedly telling an audience overseas that the United States has been far more deadly than al-Qaeda. “We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non Muslims,” Feisal Abdul Rauf said at a 2005 lecture sponsored by the University of South Australia.
This is what passes as a moderate in the left’s warped world.
Color me unsurprised. This is the same fool who called the 9/11 attacks “a failure of human understanding” – on the anniversary of Islamic terrorists murdering 3,000 of his fellow citizens.
“The sooner we separate the peaceful teaching of Islam from the behavior of terrorists, the better for all of us,’’ Patrick said on WTKK-FM 96.9.
The 15-story mosque and cultural center are poised for approval after the New York City Landmarks Commission refused Tuesday to block redevelopment of the site.
“It’s poor taste to put it where they’re putting it,’’ said C. Lee Hanson of Easton, Conn., whose son, Peter, daughter-in-law, Sue Kim, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Christine Lee, all of Groton, died on United Airlines Flight 175. “They should just build it a mile away. There would be no problems.’’
The issue has caused bitter divisions in New York and has provoked strong emotions in Massachusetts, where the two planes involved in the attacks took off. Some local families of victims of the attacks have embraced the proposal for a mosque in Lower Manhattan as a symbol of religious tolerance, while others consider it unthinkably insensitive.
Remember in November, Mass readers.