Friday, 11 September 2009

September 11, 2009 [update 2]

It’s now eight years  to the day since barbarians flew planes loaded with people into two soaring symbols of western freedom with around 5,000 souls inside.  The resulting cataclysm still hangs over this century like a gaping wound. In the words of Christopher Hitchens,

“from Afghanistan the holy order was given to annex two famous achievements of modernism -- the high-rise building and the jet aircraft -- and use them for immolation and human sacrifice... Faith-based fanatics could not design anything as useful or as beautiful as a skyscraper or a passenger aircraft. But, continuing their long history of plagiarism, they could borrow and steal these things and use them as a negation.”

Eight years after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor – the only comparable event in modern history – Japan had already been reduced to rubble and begun its rebuilding into the peaceful modern powerhouse into which it was transformed.

Yet eight years on after the brutal slaughter of thousands of innocent people the buildings the barbarians destroyed are still un-replaced, the chief planners and perpetrators of the outrage remain on the loose, and the pursuit of those leading barbarians is greeted with cries that the west itself is the aggressor.

How much has the world changed since 1941.

To be fair, the pursuit itself is so flawed as to be almost completely off-mission.  Sure, there are problems in just finding the bastards who planned this – unlike the bastards who bombed Pearl Harbor, it’s not possible to find them on a map.   But it’s not like there isn’t a rough idea. 

War was declared on the west eight years ago. That it’s still going isn’t for lack of firepower on the west’s behalf, it’s an almost complete lack of moral fibre.  A refusal to believe that it’s a war that we’re in, and a politically-correct misdirection of effort into a war on on a tactic instead of against the actual barbarians responsible for the outrage – a hand-wringing, faith-based unwillingness to identify the enemy.

It should not bave been a “war on terror” in which the west was engaged these last eight years.  In the same way that the Second World War was a war against Nazism and Shintoism, this was should have been a war on Islamic Totalitarianism – a war waged explicitly against this hydra, and with the full moral authority that this was a war of self-defence – a war of civilisation against the barbarians who attacked it. 

It should have been a war in which it was recognised that there is “No Substitute for Victory.”  It has never been that war, which is why it still dribbles on eight years after the outrage that finally brought the enemy to the world’s attention. 

The errors made by George W in waging his “war against a tactic” (and in the wrong place) are now being repeated by his successor, President Zero.  America’s Commander-in-Chief said recently,

“I’m always worried about using the word ‘victory’,” said Obama, “because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.”

But, you know, when Emperor Hirohito was made to come down and surrender to MacArthur that was the beginning of the end for the medieval warrior spirit of Shinto, and also the beginning of the beginning for the peaceful success of the modern-day Japanese who -- liberated from their medieval past -- gave the whole world a lesson in how ragingly successful the peaceful pursuit of prosperity can be.

It took another six years after World War II was concluded to subdue and modify Japan, and put it on a path to peace and prosperity : Six years and the destruction of Shintoism as an ethical code.   It took seven years to reconstruct Germany and to destroy the bacillus of Nazism – two jobs selfishly important to every anyone who valued a peaceful world after decades of strife and war.  Just as selfishly important now would be a haven of secular peace in the ravaged Middle East or Near East.

Mind you, these jobs were done by people  and was done by people who knew what they were doing.

Now, eight years after the horrors of September 11, 2001, we discover that today’s leaders know nothing.  We discover they were coasting on the knowledge of previous generations, without being able even to apply the lessons learned.

What should have been a day to commemorate the fallen is instead, therefore, a day to berate those who have betrayed them.

In their honour then I offer my thoughts above, such as they are, and this small memento of triumph: architect Minoru Yamasaki in front of his greatest achievement: New York’s World Trade Center.  In every sense they were the symbol of the very best of modern civilisation.  And that’s why they had to die.

UPDATE: Now the clocks have rolled around in the US, there’s more good commentary appearing online from my sort of people:

  • Four Important Articles for this God-Awful Date
    “End States Who Sponsor Terrorism” by Leonard Peikoff “Just War Theory” vs. American Self-Defense by Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein The “Forward Strategy” for Failure by Yaron Brook and Elan Journo “No Substitute for Victory”: The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism by John David Lewis.
  • “America fights a self-crippled war on terror” – Elan Journo
  • Mark Steyn:
    No dynamic culture can stand still, so we shouldn't be surprised that fewer and fewer people, from the president down, find it harder and harder to remember quite what "the day that changed the world" was all about. Nevertheless, there is unfinished business — starting with that hole in the ground in lower Manhattan.
  • Ralph Peters:

        Eight years ago today, our homeland was attacked by fanatical Muslims inspired by Saudi Arabian bigotry. Three thousand American citizens and residents died.
        We resolved that we, the People, would never forget. Then we forgot.
        We've learned nothing.
        Instead of cracking down on Islamist extremism, we've excused it.
        Instead of killing terrorists, we free them.
        Instead of relentlessly hunting Islamist madmen, we seek to appease them.
        Instead of acknowledging that radical Islam is the problem, we elected a president who blames America, whose idea of freedom is the right for women to suffer in silence behind a veil -- and who counts among his mentors and friends those who damn our country or believe that our own government staged the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

UPDATE 2: An email purporting to contain a short piece by one Emanuel Tanay is doing the rounds.  In fact, the  piece is by Paul E. Marek, a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover. He wrote the following article in February of 2006 to explain why the peaceful majority is irrelevant.

As he says about the deluded young girl on the right,  “She misses the point: Her job is to prevent the fanatics from hijacking her faith.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Why The Peaceful Majority Is Irrelevant
By Paul E. Marek

    I used to know a man whose family were German aristocracy prior to World War Two. They owned a number of large industries and estates. I asked him how many German people were true Nazis, and the answer he gave has stuck with me and guided my attitude toward fanaticism ever since.
    “Very few people were true Nazis” he said, “but, many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”
    We are told again and again by “experts” and “talking heads” that Islam is the religion of peace, and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unquantified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is, that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars world wide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. The hard quantifiable fact is, that the “peaceful majority” is the “silent majority” and it is cowed and extraneous.
    Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The Average Japanese individual prior to World War 2 was not a war mongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of Killing that included the systematic killing of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And, who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were “peace loving.”
    History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by the fanatics. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awake one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Bosnians, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others, have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts; the fanatics who threaten our way of life.


  1. Re: The artitect chappy and his monument: They were a bit bland looking, and design flaws made them more susceptible to the attacks by the planes didn't they? Of course they were impressive cos they were big, but they were really just big grey boxes, and could have been made nicer to look at.

  2. The appropriate response that you suggest ("No Substitute for Total Victory") requires a moral certitude that our middling, socialist, culturally-deserted Western society no longer possesses. Regrettably, we are doomed to repeat the lessons of history. It is despairing to look at our leaders and wonder whether any of them have the Churchillian characteristics to lead the inevitable war against a nuclear-armed Islamic Axis.

  3. Kiwiwit: Well, it's all but certain that none have either the wit or the courage to avert that near-inevitable war. And I say that with much sadness.

    TWR: Bland looking? I'm not sure I agree. In fact, I changed my mind on that the minute I stood in that square beneath them and realised their full majesty.

    If that sounds overblown, then that's only because they were so awe-inspiring 'in person.'

    Design flaws? No, not really. Not unless you think a building designed in the early-1960s, before jet travel really 'took off' (excuse the pun) should have been designed for the impact of a fully-laden jet flying at nearly twice the speed and around twice the size of anything those designers would have known about or contemplated.

    No, IMHO those designers had nothing to blame themselves for.

  4. I was under the impression it was the large scale fire weakening some of the structural steel put together in the way it was that caused it rather than the impact of the planes themselves? Not that you can engineer something to stand up to absolutely everything of course...

    I would have thought the majesty would result from the size rather than the particular design?

  5. I have been fortunate enough to have visited NY on many occasions while the these towers were still standing, and always found myself impressed and awed by their design and construction.

    This is perhaps a good day also to point those visiting this blog and somewhat knowledgeable of architecture and engineering to this site:
    If you understand basic maths and construction, you are not going to like to like it.

  6. Bez, no it wouldn't be, and I'll be deleting any other comments that do.

    People can and will be spitting on the graves of 2,996 people on other sites, but I won't be hosting that sort of party here.

  7. TWR:

    STRUCTURE: The buildings' structure was essentially a ring of 50 foot floor trusses suspended between two tubes - the inner tube being the elevator core, the outer tube being the structural facade of closely spaced columns.

    This was highly revolutionary at the time, and the lightness of the resulting floor structure meant the whole structure could be extremely economical. That doesn't mean it was under-sized. It means it was a good thing.

    The joints that I understand failed were the outer joints, where the floor trusses joined to the outer 'tube.' They didn't fail because of the impact, or even because the whole side of the building at several levels was ripped out. They failed because the steel at these joints was softened by a full planeload of burning aviation fuel running down the perimeter like a welding torch, which eventually softened several floors enough to begin collapsing onto the floor(s) below . . and so the whole cataclysmic collapse began.

    AKAIK, there'd be very few joints in the world that could put up with that.

    MAJESTY: I think it was both size and the design. But I do appreciate you might 'have to be there.'

  8. The towers are overwhelming "in person". I haven't had the opportunity to go back to NY since they dissappeared, so they are still there for me.

  9. PC, you're leaving the hat-truss out of your structural description there, which made what you call the 'outer tube' a curtain construction as well. Even if failure of all the outside joints would have been possible as per your scenario, the inner core would have been able to carry the outside of the structure above the impact levels, at least for some amount of time. The core would then have buckled, and not collapsed into its own footprint with the speed of a free falling object.

  10. ?
    I thought experience shows that structures nearly ALWAYS fall straight down. Don't demo experts rely on this.
    And the structure DID stand for a while before collapsing, though it continued to burn.

    I love how the responsibility is being put back on the designers. Surely the mad fucks that were in a hurry to meet some tasty virgins have to shoulder some blame?

  11. "I love how the responsibility is being put back on the designers. Surely the mad fucks that were in a hurry to meet some tasty virgins have to shoulder some blame?"

    Exactly--and on the anniversary of this atrocity,it's all that matters.

  12. This whole atrocity would have been spared on the world without these "mad fucks" indeed, but also without the ever obliging PC crowd that forbids that sensible measures are taken to solve this problem for once and for all.
    In the end (and despite what Obi says), these guys are still very much in the middle ages and can be taken out very simply, if only one has the balls to do so. I have some personal experience with "integrating" some of these jokers (talking 20 yrs ago here), and I can tell you, it is NOT going to happen in the way the lefties think. There is a schism in thinking between fanatical muslims and westerners that CANNOT be bridged. One part must put its will over the other in this battle in order for one system of thought to remain. It becomes a matter of choosing which one.

  13. Yeah. we should have nuked Riyadh when we had the chance. And we certainly should reduce most of Iran to a sea of trinitite as a matter of principle.

    Surely the mad fucks that were in a hurry to meet some tasty virgins have to shoulder some blame?
    Nope, Clinton and Obama - who let them believe they would be able to get away with this - and of course they did, are to blame.

    You cannot expect civilised reasoning from Barbarians. But the civilised must always meet barbarism with overwhelming ultimate force - ideally preemptively.

  14. Well whaddya know!! Another enthusiastic call for mass murder. Sadly typical of the libertarian blogsphere.

  15. Frankie, I'm presuming that 'Sinner,' whoever she is, thinks she is being 'humorous.' You can see now why some comments are really worth deleting.

  16. I'm presuming that 'Sinner,' whoever she is, thinks she is being 'humorous.'

    Nope. The Saudi's flew the planes, Bin Laden is a Saudi. Hitting Riyadh is at least "fact based" rather than invading Iraq.

  17. dude do you really believe the whole story about arabs flying those planes??? theres so many holes in the story we were fed its pretty hard to take serious.
    and if ol osama really had anything to do with it then dont you think he wouldve claimed it? from what i understand he loved it but never claimed it as his work.its pretty easy to translate arab very loosely to sound like whatever you wish to project...
    maybe a quick look at loose change on youtube is worthy sometime

  18. What would be 'worthy sometime' is if you developed some critical thinking skills, drunkasaskunk.
    Or is that "skillz" in ur wurld?

  19. thanks kg
    personal insults is the name of the game in ur wurld is it?.if only i was blessed with thinking skills like you seem to have in abundance.
    and actually.....i was merely kind of suprised (and curious)that a smart guy like pc is still following the bog standard version of 'facts'
    of the senseless events of that day.

  20. Yes, that was the most amazing conspiracy in the whole wide world ever. And all those people what carried all that shaped charge explosive into the towers and placed it all and set up the detonators and wired it all up never said a word about it in eight years.

    Not one word.

    Not one did come forward.

    And in all the weeks as they silently worked on putting the eplosives into BOTH towers, no-one noticed...

    And the planes were not actually piloted but were on remote control from the WhiteHouse and the CIA. And they had a cruise missile mounted on one of them.

    And stuff like that.

    And not one person spoke up about it. Hunderds of people were involved in the whole great conspiracy AND NO LEAKS. Eight years and not one single credible comment from any one of those secret people. None of them even ever thought that perhaps he was feeling a bit guilty about killing thousands of his fellow 'Mericans.



    Drunkasaskunk, reckon your tag line is accurate.


  21. No, the planes were real alright: in the video you can quite clearly see the vapour trails from the wing tips where the government CIA/SIS/FBI installed the aerosol tanks that dispense sedative to keep us all in line. It's true I meet someone who meet someoone who meet someoone who meet someoone who meet someoone who meet someoone who meet someoone who meet someoone who installed aircon in a house of a guy who works aerospace maintenance for a company in Hamilton, who told him.

  22. I cannot see the parallells between the wars used as examples by the last person in the article.

    Problem is that ALL of those terrible atrocities were committed by States or those who were officially in charge of that country.

    At this moment in time there are US Troops in the Middle East and Afganistan fighting to exactly prevent this happening. How can you say that the peaceful majority are doing nothing. They voted for Presidents that are DOING SOMETHING right now.

    States that have fanatical governments are watched very very very closely. Just ask My Kim Jung Il, The Chinese and Mr Ahmadinejad.

    That peaceful majority stuff is a load of crap. There is not even the slightest chance of extremists getting in control of a Western State. so the point is moot.


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