The Eclipse of 9/11

I remember where I was on 9/11, just as people know where they were when JFK was shot or when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In fact, now that I see what I’ve written, I see the generational element. My grandparents lived in the generation of Pearl Harbor. My parents lived in the time of JFK. My generation lived through 9/11.

There will always be overlap, but it is a truism that each generation has its own moment of awfulness. You can read all about our latest moment in an article that I wrote last year: The Day the World Changed.

What bothers me now is that the generation of our kids* is rushing headlong into a moment in time that will forever eclipse WWII, JFK, and 9/11. In fact, we are rapidly approaching a day that will make ALL of the most awful moments in history as nothing.

When the world was ushered into the nuclear age, we and our enemies ran right into our limits. We found that there was one line that we couldn’t cross. We found that there was one place that we couldn’t go. When they were developed, nuclear weapons became the one weapon system that (aside from Hiroshima and Nagasaki) could never be used. This isn’t to say that we haven’t come close to using them, but we always pulled back from the brink because we knew that these weapons made no sense.

That senselessness has lulled us into a false sense of security. We are tootling along, as free as can be, while an enemy is developing weapons that they ARE going to use. We have traded enemies and now face one that recognizes no boundaries when promoting their vision and their god. I’ve been face-to-face with such people, and they are deadly serious.

Oh, you know this already?

So, why hasn’t anything been done?

Oh, right. We have time. It’s early days. It will be years before Iran has enough weapons grade Uranium and Plutonium. We can always nuke them whenever we want. I’ve heard all that.

I’ve sat in on the bull sessions where armchair generals confidently predict the demise of that squatty little dictator Hitl-, I mean Ahmadinejad.

It’s all hot air. When Hitler rose to power, we fought him with that hot air and tens of millions died.

Well, we have our own generation’s version of Hitler, and this Hitler wants to use these nuclear weapons in the same way that the old Hitler wanted to kill the Jews. Ahmadinejad and his coterie of mullahs have a consuming madness that is desperate to use the cleansing fire of nuclear holocaust to clear the world of the infidel. But, because we cannot get our minds around this virulent insanity, we will not head off conflagration. 

We couldn’t get our minds around the kind of insanity that inspired Hitler. We couldn’t get our minds around the insanity that inspired the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. What makes us think that we are going to get our minds around THIS batch of insanity. 

Well, I can tell that we haven’t gotten our minds around the insanity, which means that we are totally unprepared for what is coming.

And what is coming will forever eclipse 9/11 in our minds.  


*I don’t have any kids, and I’m not married – but, you know what I mean.

18 thoughts on “The Eclipse of 9/11”

  1. “That senselessness has lulled us into a false sense of security. We are tootling along, as free as can be, while an enemy is developing weapons that they ARE going to use. We have traded enemies and now face one that recognizes no boundaries when promoting their vision and their god. I’ve been face-to-face with such people, and they are deadly serious.”

    I don’t know about the false sense of security. I feel our current leadership and our Allies in Europe have more information than their letting us know. I don’t have a crystal ball, but things sure seem to be changing tone in certain areas of the world. I can’t think of a better time than on or around the 6th anniversary of the WTC collapses to cut the heads of the snakes off.

  2. Hey Tedders!

    It is true that they recognize a threat. The problem is that they aren’t prepared to take the steps that they need to.

    Iran is playing a VERY deep game, and they know what they are doing. They’ve put us in the position of reacting, instead of acting.

    Furthermore, there are too many people tying the hands of those who understand the need to act.

    The problem is that it may already be too late.

    Russian nukes were free for the taking for too long.

    We’ll see.

    – John

  3. Iran has it coming, Since 1979 they have waged a wussified behind the curtains war against America, their time is coming, even Monkeyboy Almondjoydinnerjacket knows it. His messiah complex is going to be the end of him and do his country great harm. It sounds just like a German leader of past times, lets hope we’ve learned enough about threats to do something bold before we are counting our soldiers dead bodies. Think how he world would be different now if France had invaded Germany when Hitler marched into the Rhineland. Germany was weak and France certainly had the military force to have curbed the Austrian corporal’s ambitions.

    Jimmy Carter isn’t President anymore. Once Iran is neutered, Syria will fall in line or will be next for obediance training. When those two are better behaved Iraq and the entire middle east will have the best chance at a stable society. I’ve read in the past from Bush haters that Iran is the only one who benefited from Saddam being deposed. That may have been the case before Iran pressed their luck too much. The crazy leaders will always loose in the long run because the gambles they take will always involve more and more risk, as long as they pull their gambles off it only re-enforces the belief that they are unbeatable. Monkeyboy is living on borrowed time, he’s got the entire US armed forces eyeing him and most of the population of Iran looking for justice also. Let’s hope it’s as quick and painless as possible for everyones sake. I put in one last link, mostly for the picture of Monkeyboy Almondjoydinnerjacket !

  4. Dear John,

    I just wanted to tell you how important I think it is that there are people like you out there who don’t get tired to tell the world “Iran is dangerouse! It’s not only a threat to Israel but to the entire world as long as noone has the balls to stop Ahmadinedschad. Hitler talked about what he was going to do and he did it. Now it is Ahamdinedschad. You cannot say, he wasn’t going to do it because he talked about it!”

    I really wished Europe had the courage to go after Iran TOGETHER with the US and perhaps even Arab countries (which is something I don’t get tired hoping for) in a egalitarian PARTNERSHIP but as you just said: “It aint gonna happen” :-(
    We ware just too much into our bla bla of reasoning Hitler II. and hiding behind our domestic problems, which aren’t that big in the end. In fact in moments like that I feel a little ashamed for Europe.

    Lets just hope for the best! I won’t give up hope for the Knight in the Shining Armour riding to rescue both Israel and the rest of the free (?) world …

  5. My mind is pondering the year 2008 these days and the significance in the number 200 & 8.

    Uh, and then there’s my futile search for a JOB and how once I land a JOB how short of a time span I could actually be at said JOB.

    Then there’s all of the OTHER more important things I need to be doing while i’m looking for a JOB and once I land a JOB how I’ll have even more work to do:)

    and those seven ziplocks and how that will all play out….. as you can see I gotta a lot on my mind.

  6. Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone!

    As for SP, you are correct..a boring or meaningless or whatever you want to call it JOB seems like a waste of time:):):) Match that with an idiot psycho boss and coworkers…well..that’s just suicide.
    I think it takes awhile to find the right fit…lots of prayers, chickie:)

  7. rock on:) grow nature:) survive the evil russians…survival of the fittest
    actually, i would watch “The Office” as therapy….really worked:):)

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