Monday, September 12, 2011

Remembering that terrible day

Here's a story of the Boatlifters, those boat owners who helped evacuate nearly half a million New Yorkers from lower Manhattan on 9/11. It's a more massive evacuation by boat than Dunkirk.

Michael Mukasey talks about his experiences
presiding over the trial of the first World Trade Center bombing as well as what he learned from his experiences as Attorney General.
Evidence in the trial included conversations recorded by a government informant who had infiltrated the terror cell. One exchange sticks in Mr. Mukasey's mind for what it says about both the terrorists' mindset and America's vulnerability. The informant and one of the defendants were walking along a New York street "looking for a piece of electronics that they could use as a detonator. The [defendant] starts to talk about, 'Look at this society—how open it is. You can get anything here. You can get these electronics, you can get'—he segues from that to Playboy magazine and pornography and the whole span of things that are available in an open society. It was a combination of awe and contempt—awe at the openness and contempt at the notion that people could do anything they wanted. . . . The bottom line is we were ripe for plucking because of all of this."
The Washington Examiner has a nice roundup of pictures and stories remembering 9/11.

Here are portraits of the surviving rescue dog
s who worked the 9/11 site searching for survivors.

Mark Steyn chides us for public squeamish remembrance of 9/11.
And so we commemorate an act of war as a “tragic event,” and we retreat to equivocation, cultural self-loathing, and utterly fraudulent misrepresentation about the events of the day. In the weeks after 9/11, Americans were enjoined to ask, “Why do they hate us?” A better question is: “Why do they despise us?” And the quickest way to figure out the answer is to visit the Peace Quilt and the Wish Tree, the Crescent of Embrace and the Hole of Bureaucratic Inertia.

Time Magazine interviews children who were in the classroom when President Bush was informed about the second plane hitting the towers. It has truly marked them and they also have some thoughts about Bush's critics of his reaction in front of that class.
One thing the students would like to tell Bush's critics — like liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 911 disparaged Bush for lingering almost 10 minutes with the students after getting word that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center — is that they think the President did the right thing. "I think he was trying to keep everybody calm, starting with us," says Guerrero. Dubrocq agrees: "I think he was trying to protect us." Booker Principal Gwendolyn Tose-Rigell, who died in 2007, later insisted, "I don't think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if [Bush] had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"