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REQUIEM

Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010

9/12/2007

Many Americans See No War at All

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Last week the New York Times carried a story about the current state of the 9/11 lawsuits. Relatives of forty-two of the dead are suing various parties for compensation, on the grounds that what happened that Tuesday morning should have been anticipated.

The law firm Motley Rice, diversifying from its traditional lucrative class-action hunting grounds of tobacco, asbestos, and lead paint, is promising to put on the witness stand everybody who ‘allowed the events of 9/11 to happen.’ And they mean everybody – American Airlines, United, Boeing, the airport authorities, the security firms – everybody, that is, except the guys who did it.

According to the Times, many of the bereaved are angry and determined that their loved one’s death should have meaning. Yet the meaning that they’re after surely strikes our enemies not just as extremely odd but as one more reason they’ll win. You launch an act of war, and the victims respond with a lawsuit against their own countrymen.

But that’s the American way: Almost every news story boils down to someone standing in front of a microphone and announcing that he’s retained counsel … Those 9/11 families should know that, if you want your child’s death that morning to have meaning, what matters is not whether you hound Boeing into admitting liability but whether you insist that the movement that murdered your daughter is hunted down and the sustaining ideological virus that led thousands of others to dance up and down in the streets cheering her death is expunged from the earth …

On this sixth anniversary, as 9/11 retreats into history, many Americans see no war at all.

Mark Steyn

18 comments:

calbrindisi said...

Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

everybody, that is, except the guys who did it.

Anonymous said...

an act of war,

and the victims respond with a lawsuit against their own countrymen.

Al said...

The elephant is standing in the living room

and the leftwingers don't see it.

Al said...

Remember,

The muslims don't exist.

The New York TIMES, a 'news'paper supposedly coming out of the city of New York,

put the story that Albanian muslims were caught planning to blow up part of New York's JFK airport

on page A-37.

LouBarakos said...

Trial lawyers are one of the worst cancers we have.

SharonGold said...

How these people can let themselves be used as pawns is beyond me. They are disgracing their family member's memory.

smithy said...

Argh!!!!! This makes my blood boil.

Lori_Gmeiner said...

Love the monkeys. So appropriate!

marcus aurelius said...

This has nothing to do with this story, but I read this and it made me sick. It’s another example of the perversion of our legal system. “Legal technicalities” have made it so:

HOUSTON — A man condemned for killing and beheading his common-law wife's three children had his conviction overturned Wednesday by a divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

In a 5-4 ruling, the state's highest criminal appeals court said John Allen Rubio's conviction and death sentence four years ago were improper because statements from his common-law wife, Angela Camacho, erroneously were allowed into evidence.

She refused to testify, so Rubio's lawyers could not challenge Camacho's statements by cross-examining her, the court said.
Three statements she made about the slayings — two in writing and one on a videotape — were offered into testimony by a police officer at Rubio's trial. The trial judge, over objections from Rubio's lawyers, allowed the testimony.

"Given Camacho's unique position as both accomplice to the crime and direct witness to (Rubio's) motivations, her specific, detailed testimony obviously had great significance," the court said.

The judges in the majority also noted Camacho herself was facing indictment for capital murder when she talked with police.

"Obviously, then, she could have been under some pressure to modify her story, given her own participation in the murders," the court said. "That is precisely the type of issue (Rubio) was not able to address on cross-examination."

The court said it was hard to see similarities between cross-examining Camacho or the officers who interrogated her, since the officers could only speculate as to her motives and influences to testify.

Camacho and Rubio were accused of strangling and decapitating 3-year-old Julissa Quezada, 1-year-old John Esthefan Rubio and 2-month-old Mary Jane Rubio in March 2003.
The couple told police they thought the children were possessed.

According to evidence during Rubio's trial, he had inhaled so much spray paint that he had damaged his brain and might have been psychotic.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,296612,00.html

johnsteever said...

It's amazing what men without a conscience can talk other men into doing.

John Cooper said...

This is where President Bush failed: He didn't bring the American people along in the War on Terror.

He should have instituted a massive civil defense program.

He should have cut off the source of funds to the terrorists by either rationing gasoline or placing an embargo on oil from Saudi Arabia.

He should have instituted an emergency oil-drilling program here at home.

He should have sold war bonds to pay for the war instead of inflating the currency like Lyndon Johnson chose to do 40 years ago.

So why is anyone surprised that people don't think we're at war?

Proudpodunknative said...

The Trial Lawyers Association and the National Education Association are the real America's worst two enemies.

arlene albrecht said...

Marcul Aurelius,

Along the same vein, in states that have capital punishment, do you know the most common cause of death on death row?

Old age.

Taxpayers' money could be used for better things than keeping evil people alive for decades, and we have the trial lawyers to thank for that too.

Anonymous said...

How did this thread get sidetracked from the point of the article?

It was about the fact that lefties pretend the muslims don't exist.

another anonymous said...

There's more to this commentary than the title, anonymous.

For instance:

The law firm Motley Rice, diversifying from its traditional lucrative class-action hunting grounds of tobacco, asbestos, and lead paint, is promising to put on the witness stand everybody who ‘allowed the events of 9/11 to happen.’ And they mean everybody – American Airlines, United, Boeing, the airport authorities, the security firms – everybody, that is, except the guys who did it.

....which opens up discussion on the way the legal system has been corrupted.

Al said...

To another anonymous.

This thread WAS about the fact that halfwits in the US refuse to acknowledge that the muslims [terrorists] exist.

The posts here like yours prove that point.

danthemangottschall said...

Notice to all:

Al has appointed himself official "thread monitor." Mind your p's and q's.