The tragic events of Lexington, Concord, Fort Sumter, Omaha Beach

Steyn puts our war in context:

It wasn’t a “tragic event” or even one of a series of unfortunate events. It was an “attack,” an “act of war.” I sat at the lunch counter with a guy who’d tuned out the same station on the grounds that “I never heard my grampa talk about ‘the tragedy of Pearl Harbor.’ ” But, consciously or otherwise, a serious effort was under way to transform the nature of the event, to soften it into a touchy-feely, huggy-weepy one-off. As I wrote last year: “The president believes there’s a war on. The Dems think 9/11 is like the 1998 ice storm or a Florida hurricane — just one of those things.”

I didn’t know the half of it. If an act of war is like a hurricane — freak of nature, get over it — it’s evidently no great leap to believe that a hurricane is an act of war. Katrina was thus “allowed” to happen because Bush “hates black people.” The Army Corps of Engineers was instructed to blow up New Orleans’ 17th Street levee so that the flood would kill the poor people rather than destroy the valuable tourist real estate.

Whatever. As part of their ongoing post-9/11 convergence, the left now talks about Bush the way the wackier Islamists talk about Jews. I thought the Australian imam who warned Muslims the other week to lay off the bananas because the Zionists are putting poison in them was pretty loopy. But is he really any more bananas than folks who think Bush is behind the hurricane? Bush is apparently no longer the citizen-president of a functioning republic, but a 21st century King Canute expected to go sit by the shore and repel the waters as they attempt to make landfall. Instead, he and Cheney hatched up the whole hurricane thing in the Halliburton research labs to distract attention from their right-wing Supreme Court nominee . . .

On this fourth anniversary we are in a bizarre situation: The war is being won — in Afghanistan, Iraq, the broader Middle East and many other places where America has changed the conditions on the ground in its favor. But at home the war about the war is being lost. When the media look at those Bush approval ratings — currently hovering around 40 percent — they carelessly assume the 60 percent is some unified Kerry-Hillary-Cindy bloc. It’s not.

On the fourth anniversary of 9-11, we face an insurgency in our war that is resilient and innovative, constantly adapting to changing battlefield conditions. Last year on this day, we looked forward to an imminent defeat of our enemy. We hoped it would be less than two months away. Alas, the Mainstream Media survived the loss of John Kerry and keeps up its relentless insurgency against the hearts and minds and will of the American people.

In battle after battle we have fought them — from Rathergate to Abu Ghraib, from al Qa Qaa to Camp Gitmo, from Katrina to Camp Cindy. And still they attack. Yet we shall not weaken, we shall not falter, we shall not rest, until war be called by its true name, battles be celebrated — and the only “tragic event” is the utter marginalization of the so-called Mainstream Media. (HT: Michelle Malkin)


200 of our neighbors. HT: Ace.

One Response to “The tragic events of Lexington, Concord, Fort Sumter, Omaha Beach”

  1. larwyn Says:

    Deserves a link
    The Daily Demarche
    Sunday, September 11, 2005
    D-Day + 1,460

    Four years after the world watched the second jet slam into the World Trade Center on live TV, four years after seeing people just like us jumping to their deaths from hundreds of feet up in the twin towers to avoid the flames, four years after hundreds of ordinary men and women displayed extraordinary courage by rushing into those towers to battle the same flames- never to emerge, and four years after the “Arab street” danced and sang in praise of the attackers- what, exactly, has changed?

    Not enough, I fear. Time heals all wounds, but it also provides a convenient hole in the sand for those who wish one. Headlines across the nation on September 12th, 2005, will repeat something akin to the following:

    US marks 9/11 anniversary with march, silence.

    Why silence? Has the terror and rage of that day already faded from our consciousness? Are we mute with pent up hostility, unable to find the words to express our continued anguish over those lost that day? Or are we afraid to speak up, worried that we might in some way offend some special interest group? SecDef Rumsfeld said it best today:

    “I wish we could say … That this is a time for peaceful remembrance, that we were gathering today to commemorate a danger that had long since past,” Rumsfeld said. “… But we cannot. The enemy, though seriously weakened and continuously under pressure, continues to plot attacks and the danger they pose to the free world is real and present.”


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