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Let’s Roll

When the movie version of the third-hijacked plane, United Flight 93, came out, I cringed. Ugh, I thought, this will whip up the freeper frenzy. Was I disappointed? Heck no! All sorts of bizarre nut jobs – like Michelle Malkin – have climbed out of their spider holes to tout the movie and urge the recalcitrant to take arms against…well…whoever they say we should take arms against.

I won’t bombard your sensibilities and stomachs with the vile nonsense spinning around the movie. Let me just post this Wall Street Journal editorial by David Beamer, father of Flight 93 victim, Todd Beamer. I feel for the guy losing a son, but this reaction is a hate-fueled violent revenge fantasy that only causes more death. I will quibble along the way.

There are those who question the timing of this project and the painful memories it evokes. Clearly, the film portrays the reality of the attack on our homeland and its terrible consequences. Often we attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become complacent. It is too soon for us to think of this war in only national terms. We need to be mindful that this enemy, who made those holes in our landscape and caused the deaths of some 3,000 of our fellow free people, has a vision to personally kill or convert each and every one of us. This film reminds us that this war is personal. This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and liberty–the liberty that has been secured for us by those whose names are on those walls in Battery Park and so many other walls and stones throughout this nation. This enemy seeks to take away the free will that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some 231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all.

First, the dude is trying to stoke the embers of hate. Remember this! Remember this! And worse still, remember this the way I do.

Next, it’s fanciful thinking imagining a handful of Islamic radicals wanting to take our lives and liberty. And “the free will that our Creator has endowed in us”? One of the tenets of war is to know the enemy. And al Qaeda’s charter never mentioned eliminating liberty and free will in the United States. Inventing hyperbolic motives for terrorists does nothing to help stop them and bring them to justice. Knowing what they want and why they operate, then we’ll know how to get ‘em.

Thanks for the Patrick Henry quote. I agree completely. Odd that a proponent of the fanatical Bush administration would type these words without bursting spontaneously into flames.

The passengers and crew of United 93 had the blessed opportunity to understand the nature of the attack and to launch a counterattack against the enemy. This was our first successful counterattack in our homeland in this new global war–World War III.

Now we’re encountering some creepy stuff here. The passengers and crew “had the blessed opportunity”? “…had the blessed opportunity…”?

This is the same kind of rhetoric used by suicide bombers and their handlers. The folks on Flight 93 were not blessed for being on that trip. Believe me. The father of a murdered son might take consolation in that thought, but that doesn’t make it true. I think they’d all prefer to still be alive.

And to underscore the religious tone of this statement, Mr. Beamer calls for a third world war. To call for millions to die in retribution for 3,000 lives lost. It’s shameful. It’s utterly obsessed with revenge. It’s heartless and bitter.

This film further reminds us of the nature of the enemy we face. An enemy who will stop at nothing to achieve world domination and force a life devoid of freedom upon all. Their methods are inhumane and their targets are the innocent and unsuspecting. We call this conflict the "War on Terror." This film is a wake-up call. And although we abhor terrorism as a tactic, we are at war with a real enemy and it is personal.

Again with the desires of the terrorists blown out of proportion. Let’s face it: these guys have neither the support nor the numbers nor the ability to dominate the world. They don’t have the power to take over a single country. They’re not a threat to our existence as a nation. They are a threat to individual’s lives and properties, but waging war against half the globe isn’t going to reduce that risk, only increase it.

There are those who would hope to escape the pain of war. Can't we just live and let live and pretend every thing is OK? Let's discuss, negotiate, reason together. The film accurately shows an enemy who will stop at nothing in a quest for control. This enemy does not seek our resources, our land or our materials, but rather to alter our very way of life.

That’s the thing. Most of us who are against the war in Iraq are not against police actions against terror organizations. Quite the contrary. I, for one, would prefer that we take action against terrorists instead of wiping out petty dictatorships and former puppets in search for domination of the globe’s oil supply.

The thing is, the best way to get rid of terrorism — or at least reduce its threat to a manageable level — is to arrest actual terrorists and try them, pressure nations that harbor and support terrorists through diplomacy and financial incentives, and create solutions to the source of terror. It’s not simple or cheap, but a better, cheaper alternative to waging war which seems to only create animosity towards the United States.

Be reminded of our very real enemy. Be inspired by a true story of heroic actions taken by ordinary people with victorious consequences. Be thankful for each precious day of life with a loved one and make the most of it. Resolve to take the right action in the situations of life, whatever they may be. Resolve to give thanks and support to those men, women, leaders and commanders who to this day (1,687 days since Sept. 11, 2001) continue the counterattacks on our enemy and in so doing keep us safe and our freedoms intact.

And now we land on the Cult of Our Beloved Leader. Trust Bush.

Um, has this guy cracked open a newspaper lately? His way of keeping us safe and our freedoms intact is to throw our soldiers into an unnecessary and costly war and to attack our civil liberties at home.

Wage war for peace. Give up your liberty for freedom.

Indeed.

Here’s the deal. United Flight 93 does not belong to President Bush. United Flight 93 does not belong to the neoconservative movement. It doesn’t belong to the Republican Party, to conservatives, to ideologues on the right.

United Flight 93 belongs to us all.

Remember the feeling of unity and determination we all felt in the days and weeks following September 11? Not just here in the States, but across the globe? We had a real chance to build working international alliances to eliminate Islamic fundamentalist terror. With all our power and resources, we could have positively influenced the entire world, bringing democracy and economic opportunity to the most remote and dangerous regions in the world.

We were betrayed.

So the next time you hear someone say, “remember United Flight 93,” do. Remember that feeling we all had. It’s not too late. We can fight authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism here and abroad. We can still promote tolerance and liberty and civil rights and economic opportunity. And we can do so from a position of strength.

Remember, the best way to win allies is to have them want to join us.

Let’s roll.

Links…

The Missoulian has a nice profile on Democrat state Rep. Kevin Furey, who’s graduating from the university this May.

There’s dissatisfaction among the GOP for Hayden’s nomination as CIA head. Rumor has it Specter will use the Senate nomination hearings to hold “Bush and Abu Gonzales accountable for the NSA spying program.” You think he’s found a spine? Stay tuned!

“Nightline” goes after those who can’t sing the national anthem in English. Yes, I mean our nation’s Congressmen.

The Demagogue worries about a Democratic-controlled House investigating Bush’s activities, opining that a long-drawn-out query will turn off voters. Um…? Maybe the Constitution should hold sway over political ambition. We need to shut down this administration and put some concrete barriers down to ensure executive creep never happens again.

Chris Matthews on Bush: “Everybody likes the president, except for the real whack jobs…” Gee, with a 31% presidential approval rating, I think he forgot to put the “dis” before the “likes.”

The administration uses troop deployment for political purposes. I guess the war can’t be all that serious if we can afford to hold up reinforcements for the mid-term elections.

Harper’s on the right-wing myth of the traitors at home, the infamous “fourth column.” And Digby shows us how that rhetoric is applied to the CIA by the National Review. Does anybody listen to these people anymore?

And how are those virginity pledges working out? Not so good. We might want to think before outlawing contraceptives.

I know the Creationist movement is pretty much dead…but let’s continue to throw dirt on its coffin: Vatican astronomer calls Creationism “a kind of paganism.” Ouch! That’s got to hurt! Oh, and here’s a great book – “Intelligent Thought” – that…well…destroys “Intelligent Design”: “…the intelligent-design (ID) movement imperils American global dominance in science and in so doing presents the gravest of threats to the American economy, which is driven by advances in science and in the technology derived therefrom.”




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