9/11 then and now

On September 11th, 2001, I was working in the Regional Office of Habitat for Humanity in Apex, NC.  We had had our weekly meeting, ending with prayer, and were all at work at our  various projects when planes started hitting the Towers.  We huddled around the first person who found it on their computer, and then we went to TV.  We gradually became more and more in shock, and then we drifted our separate ways for lunch, and for most of us, for the rest of the day.  You just couldn’t think straight.  Terrorists had flown our own commercial airliners, filled with everyday Americans, into the two symbols of our wealth, and the symbol of our military.

Life changed.  We re-evaluated our own lives in the shadow of it.  All of us changed.  Even the people who put it together changed: now they had power.

We took care of some of that, and ten years later finally killed the mastermind, but along the way, in the intervening decade and a half, we’ve forgotten how much these people hate us.

Our president listens to the  Muslim Brotherhood.  CAIR attends public functions and makes noise if Muslims are not treated with deference.  But now, in 2015, Christians are being killed daily in the Middle East by ISIS, and not only is our president saying nothing, he is making a big fat deal with the progenitors of all things jihad – the Iranians.  Bigger liars your cannot find, but while we make nice with them, we are ignoring the killing of Christians, the beheading of western journalists and aid workers, and lying to the American people about our success against ISIS. This latter has just come out into the light and it’s a chilling scenario: our intelligence analysts are fudging the truth about ISIS for politics.  Benghazi anyone?!!  No terrorism here, just some street kids upset about a video.

Wake up people!

Remember how we felt in the days and weeks after 9/11/2001?  Before the shock had subsided, we had come together as a people.  We were working side by side as never before.  We were proud of our resilience and strength.

Now, we are bending over backward to satisfy imams who call us the Great Satan, and call for our deaths.

Those moderate Muslims you are worried about offending?  They are of no value whatsoever to the Christians whose heads are on sticks in Syria.  Those moderate Muslims who have been settling throughout Europe, taking advantage of social welfare and getting college educations on the dole?  They are going back to Syria to help the cause of raising up the Caliphate.  Because you know what those imams have in common with some of the Christians that ISIS is killing?  They think it’s End Times, and they can’t wait to get to their heaven.  If it means nuking Israel, so be it.

So, consider the brave new world we live in on this 9/11, and remember that the White House this time around was not represented at the Pentagon memorial, has said nothing about the Christian diaspora in Syria, and is silent on police killings.  What do you think would have happened if this admin had been in charge in 2001?  Scary, huh.

I don’t plan to learn to speak Arabic.  How about you?

About Carol Joy Shannon

A former sailor of the seven seas, living in my beloved Lowcountry, between the blackwater swamps and the saltmarshes, surrounded by pre-revolutionary history.....thinking about current events....painting dinosaurs and other whimsical animals for children, with the occasional abstract or new cityscape for my delightful collectors. The best thing about being a seasoned old salt is sitting down not running around, so...
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