And We Sit

14 years ago, yesterday.

The world waited.

Would the United States send some sort of response immediately to points, yet unknown, in the middle east? A response for the acts of aggression taken against this country, it’s people, it’s culture (indeed the culture of Western Man written large across that particular metropolitan skyline).  An act of aggression not seen in such scope or scale since nearly 60 years previous.

That action, at least taken against a uniformed opponent, not aimed almost exclusively at an unarmed and unknowing civilian populace, started an armed conflict stretching across four years, it’s ending punctuated with two atomic exclamation points.

Could this…would this monstrous transgression propel us to the same course of action, up to and including the use of much stronger punctuation at it’s end? (Or sooner…much sooner.)

It did not.

And so now we sit.  Those of us who still chose to remember, seemingly becoming a smaller group, as the years go by.  A smaller voice.   Where once we were at least given the courtesy, of perhaps having a valid course of action, of remembering what our forefathers did, of what the generation previous to mine did.  That when faced with adversity, the kind which demanded you take no other course of action than of meeting your enemy on the field of battle.   That honor demanded….dignity demanded…moral reciprocity towards the Creator who bestowed upon all men such fundamental human rights…demanded, we act accordingly when any or all  are called into question.

Now we are treated ilke an eccentric Uncle … who after one too many beers … is relegated to the card table on the back porch, to eat his dinner alone…away from the more “diversified” adults….and far away from impressionable children.

Now we sit.   While an individual who was, at the very least,  exposed and indoctrinated, in the very ideology behind the events of 14 years ago, occupies the Oval Office.  Who for all we know, based on biased news and government sponsored PR reports, has been aiding and abetting said enemy up to and including giving them the keys to nuclear exploitation.

Now we sit.  While untold tens of thousands of the ideology of hate, behind the  events of 14 years ago, are allowed to enter this country freely.  And as our traditional rule of law crumbles and cracks, eroding away, they seek to impose their own brand of law over any and all who will allow for same.

If we sit much longer, the “war”  all but formally started 14 years ago, will have been lost.  With little more than regional battles fought in countries who have known little peace since their inception (at the end of WWI) amongst people, tribes, and cultures who have known little, if any,  peace in thousands of years.

We have done little to stem the tide.  At the very least, cause them to stay “self-contained” in their respective little hell holes of 7th-century sand and ignorance, ensuring they were unwelcome and unwanted in any part of the civilized world.  We couldn’t, or wouldn’t even do that.

And so…14 years after airborne jihad…  they have very nearly won, or are well on their way to doing so.  This will have been brought about by their doing the one thing we seem unwilling to do.  Having the will to fight…to advance their cause, their beliefs, their will, over any and all who do not believe as they do.  And it appears, to do any and everything, in order to achieve their goals.

And we sit.     And we wonder what’s next.  And we look to the political landscape pondering who will be next to take the helm of this nation.  To direct our affairs nationally and internationally.   And we look at the rest of the world … Europe is perhaps less than a generation away from existing … at least as we would have remembered her.   Israel perhaps a year away from same.  The economies of the world on the brink of collapse.   And perhaps the biggest agent, directly and indirectly behind all of these ills, is allowed to thrive and grow.

The same agent which was behind all which transpired on the 11th of September 2001.

In 14 years, it has grown stronger, more virulent.

In 14 years, we have not.

14 years from now…

Will it matter?


Filed under Islam and other fables for our times, News of the Day, Politics, WOT

6 responses to “And We Sit

  1. pascalfervor

    This is why you’ve been so silent I bet. It’s been brewing insight dying to get out. But whatever you thought of just wasn’t good enough was it? Very powerful Guy. It is proof you know we need new leaders. Be one?

    • My friend, if the skeletons in my closets (Yes, there are that many, I need more than one closet!) were to vanish tomorrow, my ego might entertain some sort of political adventure, but I would hope common sense would put that thought quickly to rest.

      My “repairs” for the government at the federal level would be rather draconian indeed. Adhere to the Constitution as written (and as practical/prudent as such would be today); And see the majority of Dems/progressives either behind bars or up against firing walls (Or the hangman’s noose….I’m flexible!) for various acts of treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors. This would also apply to the majority of all members of the Senate and Congress (both parties). And quite likely a good chunk of the media.

      “President Sochor, how are you getting along with Congressional and Senatorial leadership?” “Since I placed them in either orange jump suits or pine boxes….quite nicely thank you!”

      • pascalfervor

        I think you may have misunderstood me.

        You don’t have to be president to be a leader. In fact, I can’t remember the last Prez I’d have happily followed, so that wasn’t even first choice. We all have leadership potential in one or more important ways. That was what I meant, and your views expressed above struck me as the kind that could be happily contagious.

  2. This is true. There have been quite a number of Oval Office Occupiers who couldn’t lead themselves out of a phone booth let alone a country of millions. (And yes, I am looking at you Obama!…for starters.)

    In any case, I don’t know how good of a leader (in any form) I would be. Especially these days. I find myself to be increasingly short-tempered, suffering the foolishness of others much less than I did in years gone by. My views have become increasingly less flexible. And my hearing and eyesight are not what they used to be (which makes it harder to get a quick bead on someone).

    I thank you for the kind words. And I would in my heart of hearts tend to believe there are any number who agree with at least part of the above. The real question is, what is to be done about it. And what CAN be done about it at this late stage.

  3. Autumn Cote

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to There is no fee; I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for our community and I enjoyed reading your work. I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. If “OK” please let me know via email.


  4. Thank you for showing an interest in my little bit of fluff (and as of late, much neglected) on the internet. Sadly, though this was written 3 years ago, it seems to be of greater pertinence today.
    If you are so inclined, there are a few nuggets among the rants and raves here, and feel free to use them (with the same “credit”) as you see fit.

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