Thursday, September 11, 2008



Sitting here this morning, watching the various commemorative services - my heart is broken again. It is also fortified to continue to support our troops as they battle against oppression against freedom, in every place.

A couple of years ago on this same occasion, I read a commentary online at One Man's Blog.  I do not endorse this blog - only this post written on 9/11/2006.  I am not familiar with the blogger's views other than this post which is worth repeating and it went like this:

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is credited with saying, after the attack on Pearl Harbor,

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the re-awakening of a sleeping giant.

The terrorists in the Middle East are not led by philosophy, history and the promise of universal peace and freedom. But are pious, unquestioning and often ignorant; making for a dangerous, if not lethal, combination when mixed with a religious Autocracy.

A part of me has sympathy for the plight of those people who become inducted into the terrorist’s regime. The same kind of sympathy for youth who become ensnared in gangs, or young men that become trapped in the mafia. The terrorists are zealots, but the fascist societies in which they are bred often offer little or no alternative.

When democracy is stamped out, people are left catering to the will of those in power in order to survive. In places like Afghanistan, Iran, and China a human life is valued by servitude and obedience to the powerful.

September 11 reminds me that wherever democracy fails, people are enslaved. And people that are enslaved will have no access to unbiased history, freedom of speech, and freedom from oppression. Slaves will submit to all manner of misfortunes opposed upon them so long as they believe they will remain alive; and will even submit themselves to death under the justification that it would have come to them sooner had they offered opposition.

9/11, and the many terrorist attacks before and since, are the flailings of backwards societies which are trying to survive in a world where information now seeps in to disrupt their monopolistic control of young minds.

Make no mistake, this is not about religion… it’s a struggle against freedom. It always has been.

The final line is so true.  May we never grow weary in the struggle to uphold freedom and liberty! The alternative is unthinkable!

THANK YOU to all of you who left kind comments and love and well wishes on my birthday. How did you even know?? It passed with little fanfare, which is ok. I'm not much into birthdays anymore!  But thank you for remembering.


Sue said...

Hey Lynnie,

I'm glad you had a good birthday and that you knew who much you were loved by your online friends :-) You deserve to celebrate you - we all sure did!!

Thanks for sharing the blog entry re: Sept 11. It still feels like a nightmare doesn't it? We will never forget that's for sure!

Big hugs,

The Bean said...

I'm sorry I missed your birthday. Happy Belated one! Thank you for all the support and heart felt words you continue to speak about our nation and more importantly to me, our troops. May they always know that there are those of us out there who still appreciate and value their efforts to protect us and our country.