Sunday, September 11, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3295, September 11th, 2016

911 @ 15
911 pin. (Design:
Today we observe the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on this country. We all remember where we were on that day. I had worked an overnight shift when I was a Trainer at the old Corporate Express building on South Main. I was listening to Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Tuesday when that first plane hit. Saw the other plane hit on TV.
It was a stunning attack that fundamentally changed this country. While we were resilient, our entire way of life and doing things changed. We went from a nation that was innocent and full of purpose to one that became for good reason vigilant and less trustful. That latter mindset though has seemed to solidify over the years. Just take a look at what 911 did to our country:
1. Increased checks at airports and sea ports. An inconvenience as well as a debate on how effective it really can be.
2. Economically this impact has exceeded a trillion dollars adding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before 911, there was a budget surplus, that hasn’t happened since then.
3. The attack has precipitated major changes in U.S. national security strategy. With the end of The Cold War, Washington focused on Russia and China. Now by force, a top priority began fighting terrorism in not only word and deed. Before 911 we were a nation at peace on that Monday night of September 10th. By Tuesday, the 11th, we became a nation at war. Those wars made us gun shy and I believe is the main driver as to why the current President has not pulled the trigger on another armed conflict.
4. We’ve become a referee in the Mideast. From dealing with Pakistan’s refusal to let India deliver relief supplies, to trying to walk a fine line with Israel as it protects itself, to the unreliability of our traditional allies to the mess in Syria, we have been dealing with the region as an unintended consequence of 911.
5. 911 and its attacks have given the Immigration crazies the opportunity to gin up resentment of all people entering this country. To this day, people who are Islamic and just trying to make a life in this country are treated like terrorists. We were never very good to our immigrants but 911 has given political figures license to paint all outsiders as enemies of the state. You see that in this year’s campaign. All that passion, non facts and misguided hate are all legacies of 911.
As we pause today to remember those who died, let’s remember that after 15 years we are still in the process of healing. We will never be home free until politicians of all stripes stop using 911 as a way of obstructing the growth of our own country through religious and cultural diversity. Until then we will be stuck in neutral as a nation. One can make the argument that the dead corpse of Osama Bin Laden rotting away in the sea might have put a serious dent in our psyche and even our will to embrace each other as decent countrymen and women.
911 is the day to remember and never forget. But also a day to re-evaluate how both political parties can deal with future threats without losing the very essence of what our moral and guiding principles have always been.


At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As what you have just listed demonstrates, the most important take away, the terrorist won.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

As what you have just listed demonstrates, the most important take away, the terrorist won.


In the sense that they have changed our way of life from a practical standpoint, you can make that point. In terms of division and how we ultimately pursue them, that's still up to us.
The frustrating thing about fighting terrorism is that after all the money we have spent since 911, we still have a threat, we still have little to show for it.
Pearl Harbor and Nazism vs. 911: We prevailed over those enemies because we could see them coming. It was a flag and uniform we could unite against. It was countries with a culture we could understand and help rebuild them into free societies.
With terrorism, whether it be Bin Laden or ISIS, we are fighting a core set of beliefs with no banner except suicidal violence. That's why I get so frustrated with Trump when he said he'll wipe ISIS out in a very short time. Questions: Who? How? You have to find them to kill all of them. Right now we pushed back in Iraq and have killed a number of ISIS troops. But for everyone we kill, I bet there are 5 recruits in waiting.
Clinton is trying to straddle the force of Bush 43 and the diplomacy and exit strategy of Obama. Will a combination of those work?
Just once when a news person asks either of them how would they deal with ISIS long range I wish one of them would say, "I really don't know but when I find out how to deal with people willing to take their own life for a few thousand, I'll tell you then".

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As we pause today to remember those who died, let’s remember that after 15 years we are still in the process of healing."

We are in the process of wallowing. America has traded freedom, not for security, but for perceived security. There is no security, there is no protection from those willing to die to kill others.
We have football players spitting on the graves of those who fell for this country because we, as a nation, have become weak.
We cry over each perceived slight. We can't wait to be insulted by a misspoken word. Politicians use 9/11 as an excuse to wear a flag-pin, while the cowards sit home while others fight their battles.
It is time to move on from 9/11. Stop wallowing that we were attacked and go on living. We lost because we changed. The terrorist won because we changed, and continue to change.

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We prevailed over those enemies because we could see them coming."

No, we can see the current enemy, we are just in denial about whom the enemy is. While we use surveillance against U.S. citizens, we open our borders to the outside; those who will hide in the guise of refugees. To be "humanitarian" we open ourselves up to another attack. To be "open minded" we close our mind to who the enemy is.
Not every follower of Islam is a terrorist, but every terrorist is of the Islamic faith.
After Pearl Harbor we watched those within our borders who may have been sympathetic to the enemy. There are many that say there was no evidence, there were no spies; you can not prove a negative, but most aren't willing to even consider the reason that there were no spies, no covert attacks were because of the actions of FDR
To win this war, the only option is to not solely kill the enemy, but take away the incentive for the attacks. That incentive is payment to families of survivors. To take away the incentive is to wipe out the families of those who commit those acts. I know I could not give that order, so we must live with the fact that terrorism will continue. We can never negotiate, because we cannot have rational discussions with irrational people. So terrorism will continue. Fear is what we need to overcome.

At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i responded back, how come not up? i didn't attack anyone, thought i had some salient points.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Posters, I will respond but had two blogs to do, have some broadcast commitments and then work. Please be patient for a response.

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Posters, I will respond but had two blogs to do, have some broadcast commitments and then work. Please be patient for a response.
Why not just get rid of comment moderation, you can always delete something you disagree with later.


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