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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

10/04/2007

And I Will Not Sit With the Wicked

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Koran, 5:33-34: The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be to be killed or crucified, or to have their hands and feet chopped off on opposite sides, or to be expelled out of the land. Such will be their humiliation in the world, and in the next world they will face an awful horror.

Koran, 8:12: Remember Allah inspired the angels: I am with you. Give firmness to the believers. I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: you smite them above their necks and smite all their fingertips off of them.

Koran, 8:37: In order that Allah may separate the pure from the impure, put all the impure ones [all non-Muslims] one on top of another in a heap and cast them into hell. They will have been the ones to have lost.

Koran, 9:73: O Prophet! Make war against the unbelievers [all non-Muslims] and the hypocrites and be merciless against them. Their home is hell, an evil refuge indeed.

Koran, 17:16-17: When we decide to destroy a population, we send a definite order to them who have the good things in life and yet sin. So that Allah's word is proven true against them, then we destroy them utterly.

Koran, 21:11: How many were the populations we utterly destroyed because of their sins, setting up in their place other peoples.

Koran, 47:4: When you meet the unbelievers in jihad [holy war], chop off their heads. And when you have brought them low, bind your prisoners rigorously. Then set them free or take ransom from them until the war is ended.

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Late last month, a Muslim cleric delivered the daily prayer in the U.S. Capitol before House proceedings began.

Earlier this week the American House of Representatives voted unanimously to recognize the celebration of Ramadan, and it described the Muslim faith as ‘one of the great religions of the world'.

    Resolved, That--

    (1) during this time of conflict, in order to demonstrate solidarity with and support for members of the community of Islam in the United States and throughout the world, the House of Representatives recognizes the Islamic faith as one of the great religions of the world; and

    (2) in observance of and out of respect for the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, the House of Representatives acknowledges the onset of Ramadan and expresses its deepest respect to Muslims in the United States and throughout the world on this significant occasion.
Tonight, the President of the United States held a reception and dinner at the White House for the express purpose of celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and joining in fellowship and prayer with Muslims officials.

One of the dozens of invited guests to the White House dinner/celebration was Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who refused to take his oath of office by placing his right hand on the Bible. Instead, he requested to be sworn in with his right hand on the Koran (see excerpts from which, above).

Today, Ramadan was also observed in various commemorative events all over Washington, D.C., including at the Capitol and the Pentagon.

Below is a single representative rendering of one of thousands of American citizens who were never invited to the White House, and who, before driving to work on September 11, 2001, surely believed that their ‘leadership’ in Washington would take any steps, no matter how costly, to ensure the sovereignty of America and the safety of her citizens.

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Which reader here can assert that those who perpetrated the holocaust resulting in the torturous death of that American, and thousands of his countrymen, were not simply following the law of Islam, as prescribed in the Koran (excerpts from which, above)?

And the man who sat in the White House on September 11, 2001 – and sits there still – fellowshipped and prayed with a roomful of Muslim ‘believers’ tonight, in our White House, assuming our blessing.

And we thought the cigar incident in the Oval Office was grotesque.

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I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites. I abhor the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked ... Psalm 26: 4-6

~ joanie

40 comments:

robmaroni said...

Thank you, Joanie!

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

Lori_Gmeiner said...

Did the President celebrate Rosh Hashanah in the White House last month?

Anonymous said...

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s279/beetle_bucket/suicide_of_the_west.jpg?t=1184460962

arlene albrecht said...

Between the Ahmadinejad thing and this, I am dizzy with disgust.

daveburkett said...

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science - the science against which it had vainly struggled - the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

--Winston Churchill, describing Islam, in 'The River War'

smithy said...

Pentagon Observes Muslim Holy Month:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20071003/NATION/110030089/1001

marcus aurelius said...

This is not your grandfather's America.

d_o'connor said...

The hell with Rush's "phony soldiers." He ought to take on our phony leaders.

Anonymous said...

Congress used to be gutless. They've gone downhill since then.

Sammy said...

The muslims have lotsa money to spread around.

They've owned the US State Department for years.

SharonGold said...

The photo of the jumper gives me awful chills. Good report, Joanie.

Anonymous said...

You ought to change the name of this site from "Allegiance and Duty Betrayed" to "Treason Abounds."

All_good_men said...

Lenin said the West will hang itself with rope sold by the Soviet Union. He was wrong. We are hanging ouselves (and all of Western Civilization) by rope being sold by Muslims.

john galt said...

Beautiful work, C.W.

danthemangottschall said...

You connected all the dots.

Tom Bergman said...

And we thought the cigar incident in the Oval Office was grotesque.

One involved lust and immorality, the other involves treasonous allegiances. As ugly as it is, we can survive the first.

Anonymous said...

"The Muslim Brotherhood"- Ignore it at your peril:

http://www.newmediajournal.us/staff/fsalvato/10052007.htm

Anonymous said...

You should be a nationally syndicated columnist.

trustbutverify said...

This is not your grandfather's America.

Ain't it the truth.

Anonymous said...

Well said.

jim said...

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping that it will eat him last.

Max Shapiro said...

During their "fellowship" I wonder if they discussed the principle of al-wala' wa'l-bara' (organizing the "believers" and being hostile toward disbelievers). It's one of the basic tenets of Islam, and one of the most important duties of true Muslims.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how well C.A.I.R. was represented at the dinner.

jg said...

"I wonder how well C.A.I.R. was represented at the dinner."

Ask Grover Norquist.

Sammy said...

How soon we forget.

Disgusting pro-Nazi thread on Free Republic :

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1907602/posts#41

Anonymous said...

That picture of the guy jumping out of the WTC is awful. He looks like he's removed his shirt and the upper part of his body is burned. It brings it all back.

Harold Chambers said...

Thank you for telling me about this site, Jack. I will visit often!

This is an eye opening article, Joanie. I am looking forward to reading more of your current writing.

Al said...

The fact that it has to be "brought back" illustrates the success the "news" media has in promoting what it promotes-----

while at the same time the "news" media blacks out what is not supposed to be known.
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NEW YORK TIMES

A Debate Rises: How Much 9/11 Tribute Is Enough?

By N. R. KLEINFIELD September 2, 2007

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/nyregion/02fatigue.html?ei=5065&en=d4bae0c24379ce98&ex=1189310400&adxnnl=1&partner=MYWAY&pagewanted=print&adxnnlx=1188704114-NX+BWsv5EtvsFzF9pU+Ykw

Again it comes, for the sixth time now — 2,191 days after that awful morning — falling for the first time on a Tuesday, the same day of the week.

Again there will be the public tributes, the tightly scripted memorial events, the reflex news coverage, the souvenir peddlers.

Is all of it necessary, at the same decibel level — still?

Each year, murmuring about Sept. 11 fatigue arises, a weariness of reliving a day that everyone wishes had never happened. It began before the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. By now, though, many people feel that the collective commemorations, publicly staged, are excessive and vacant, even annoying.

“I may sound callous, but doesn’t grieving have a shelf life?” said Charlene Correia, 57, a nursing supervisor from Acushnet, Mass. “We’re very sorry and mournful that people died, but there are living people. Let’s wind it down.”

Some people prefer to see things condensed to perhaps a moment of silence that morning and an end to the rituals like the long recitation of the names of the dead at ground zero.

But many others bristle at such talk, especially those who lost relatives on that day.

“The idea of scaling back just seems so offensive to me when you think of the monumental nature of that tragedy,” said Anita LaFond Korsonsky, whose sister Jeanette LaFond-Menichino died in the World Trade Center. “If you’re tired of it, don’t attend it; turn off your TV or leave town. To say six years is enough, it’s not. I don’t know what is enough.”

As the ragged nature of life pushes on, it is natural that the national fixation on an ominous event becomes ruptured and its anniversary starts to wear out. Once-indelible dates no longer even incite curiosity. On Feb. 15, how many turn backward to the sinking of the battleship Maine in 1898?

Few Americans give much thought anymore on Dec. 7 that Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941 (the date to live in infamy). Similar subdued attention is paid to other scarring tragedies: the Kennedy assassination (Nov. 22, 1963), Kent State (May 4, 1970), the Oklahoma City bombing (April 19, 1995).

Generations, of course, turn over. Few are alive anymore who can recall June 15, 1904, when 1,021 people died in the burning of the steamer General Slocum, the deadliest New York City disaster until Sept. 11, 2001. Also, the weight of new wrenching events crowds the national memory.

Already since Sept. 11, there have been Katrina and Virginia Tech. And people have their own more circumscribed agonies.

“Commemoration aims to simplify, but life as it’s lived and feelings as they’re felt are never simple,” said John Bodnar, a professor of history at Indiana University.

The Sept. 11 attack may well have an unusually long resonance. It was a watershed moment in the nation’s history. And it is a tragedy named after a date. But the way it is recalled is sure to undergo editing.

For the first time this year at ground zero, the main ceremony will not be at the trade center site. Because of construction, the families will be allowed to pass onto the ground only momentarily, but the ceremony will be shifted to nearby Zuccotti Park, at Broadway and Liberty Street — its moving on somewhat of a metaphor for the feelings of those who favor change.

Sept. 11, of course, remains complicated by its unfinished contours — continuing worry over terrorism, the war in Iraq, a presidential race in which candidates repeatedly invoke the day and its portents. Episodes like the fire at the vacant Deutsche Bank building stir up haunting memories. Books rooted in the attack continue to arrive.

Some people are troubled by what they see as others’ taking advantage of the event. “Six years later, we can see that a lot of people have used 9/11 for some gain,” said Matt Brosseau, 27, of Westfield, N.J. He sees the public tributes as “crassly corporatized and co-opted by false patriots.”

“Me personally, I wouldn’t involve myself in a public commemoration,” he said. “I don’t see the need for an official remembrance from the city or anyone else. In six years, is Minneapolis going to pay for something for the people who died in the bridge collapse?”

David Hendrickson, 56, a computer software trainer who lives in Manhattan, said he began being somewhat irritated by the attention to the commemoration on the third anniversary. “It seems a little much to me to still be talking about this six years later,” he said. “I understand it’s a sad thing. I understand it’s a tragedy. I’ve had my own share of tragedies — my uncle was killed in a tornado. But you get on. I have the sense that some people are living on their victimhood, which I find a little tiring.

Mental health practitioners see a certain value in the growing fatigue.

“It’s a good sign when people don’t need an anniversary commemoration or demarcation,” said Charles R. Figley, the director of the Florida State University Traumatology Institute. “And it’s not disrespectful to those who died.”

Laurie Pearlman, a clinical psychologist in Massachusetts, said, “Our society has a very low tolerance for grief — it’s exhausting and unrelenting, and we don’t want to hear about it.”

Some of the relatives of those who died that day hold fast to the anniversary and are the most insistent that it not be dismantled.

“I would no sooner tell survivors of the Holocaust how to mourn or how to commemorate their atrocity, so why do others feel they have any right to dictate how family members should feel or memorialize our loved ones on Sept. 11 or any day, for that matter?” said Nancy Nee, whose brother George Cain died in the attack. “Six years feels like the blink of an eye. That number means nothing to me.”

Ms. Korsonsky has not attended any of the ceremonies at ground zero, but she has watched them on television. “I always have a lot of friends who watch it and then call me and tell me they listened for my sister’s name. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. She’s remembered for that one instant. I’m just so afraid that she’ll be forgotten.”

But even family members diverge over what should or should not happen on this anniversary of death.

Lesli Rice, 26, who works in insurance and lost her mother, Eileen Rice, on Sept. 11, thinks something respectful should occur on the anniversary — a tolling of church bells or a moment of silence — but that otherwise the event should be scaled back. “The grieving part has to be more personal,” she said. “The whole city wasn’t affected by my mother’s death.”

A hairdresser’s question told Nikki Stern something about her own sensibilities. Ms. Stern lost her husband, James Potorti, in the collapsing towers. Two years ago, her hairdresser mentioned that she was planning to marry on Sept. 11. It was a Sunday, a day that worked best for all involved. She was grasping for guidance: Was that all right?

Ms. Stern suggested that if it was the most convenient day, fine, but perhaps a portion of the wedding gifts could go to some charity.

“I thought that it was completely cool,” she said. “The last thing my husband would have wanted was for everyone to lie down and die.”

“I still get so many letters from people that even I suffer from 9/11 fatigue to some extent,” she said. “People who don’t want to do anything on 9/11, they shouldn’t be forced to. I never thought I’d say that.”

Part of the problem with remembrances is that people are unsure what is expected of them, said Rachel Yehuda, a professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “People wonder, ‘How sad am I supposed to feel? What do you expect me to do, because possibly I’ve gotten over it,’ ” she said. “We have to figure out how to commemorate other people’s grief. It’s a generic question we haven’t answered that goes beyond 9/11.”

An organization called myGoodDeed.org was begun last year to urge people to do something nice for Sept. 11, and, if they want, to post it on its Web site. “We asked what should 9/11 be 20 or 30 years from now, and the big concern is that people will become tired of conventional ceremonies,” said David Paine, president of the organization.

Some 150,000 deeds were posted last year, with more than 40,000 intentions clocked so far this year. One person chose to put quarters in expired parking meters. Another is knitting socks for soldiers. A boy said he would help his mother around the house and not torment his siblings.

Where you were, your proximity to the attack — these things shade your tie to the anniversary. On Sept. 11, Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor of history and education at New York University, was crossing Washington Square in Greenwich Village and was approached by a panhandler, whom he brushed off. The panhandler then said, “The World Trade Center is on fire.”

Dr. Zimmerman didn’t even look. Not until he got to his office did he find out it was truth. “I now pay more attention to what homeless people say,” he said.

Dr. Zimmerman knows that the N.Y.U. dynamic is now different, the undergraduates who were there during the attack gone, supplanted largely by students who did not see it and whose feelings are thus likely to be more varied.

“I’m quite troubled about all this talk of 9/11 fatigue,” he said. “It’s true that commemorations can take on bombastic and ritualistic forms that trivialize them, but 9/11 is with us every day. Every political issue in our times is refracted through this event. I can understand why some people are sick of hearing about it, but they should get used to it.”

It seems likely that attention to the anniversary will ebb and flow. Events become artificially magnified during 10-year, 25-year, 50-year demarcations.

What might happen on Sept. 11 a hundred years from now? “It’s conceivable that it could be virtually forgotten,” said Dr. Bodnar, the history professor. “Does anyone go out on the streets of New York and commemorate the firing on Fort Sumter?”

marcus aurelius said...

"It’s conceivable that it could be virtually forgotten,” said Dr. Bodnar, the history professor. “Does anyone go out on the streets of New York and commemorate the firing on Fort Sumter?”

Those who are students of the Civil War "commemorate" the firing on Ft. Sumter every year. And, if our school students were as learned as they should be in American history, they would be doing the same.

With that said, any comparison of the firing on Ft. Sumter and the holocaust that happened on 9/11 can only be done by a small, uninformed mind. Sumter may have been the small spark that ignited what was going to happen anyway, but the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon were in a completely different ballpark. Apples and oranges to say the least.

Anonymous said...

“It seems a little much to me to still be talking about this six years later,”

Sammy said...

Yes, for the mentalities at the NY Times the muslim mass murder on 9-11

is equal to a bridge collapse in Minnesota or a hurricane in New Orleans.

I notice there is not a single appearance of the word 'muslim' in the entire, lengthy NY Times article.

Proudpodunknative said...

Surprise! Sandy Berger has been hired by the Clinton campaign. Not much of a news flash, eh?

john galt said...

When the Clintons get caught associating with criminals, they keep their distance for a time (at least publicly) and then eventually resume "business as usual." They wouldn't know how to run their lives without committing crimes, and they often need help to do so.

Sammy said...

Sandy Burglar is now the national spokesman for the US Underwear Manufacturers Association.

At the their last annual convention, Burglar gave the keynote speech.

When he stopped part way through his speech to reach inside inside his pants and adjust his briefs,
he received a five-minute standing ovation.

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daveburkett said...

ROTFLMAO! Good one, Sam.

John Cooper said...

Looking at the photo of the Muslim dinner at the White House, a vision passed briefly across my mind.

In my dream, the White House chef and several helpers wheeled in an ornate cart carrying the main course, and with great flourish, removed the lid covering it.

There, on a silver platter, was the head of Osama bin Laden.

When I came back to reality, I realized that's what a *real* president would have done. The one we have reminds me more and more of Nero.

robmaroni said...

LOVE that dream, Cooper! But Nero hasn't got the cojones.

Anonymous said...

Awesome essay. Awesome comments.

marcus aurelius said...

The one we have reminds me more and more of Nero.

I'd second that observation except that Bush ain't fiddling. He's busy plotting against those who put him in office. A busy man he is. No time to waste in implementing the NAU before the "common man" gets wind of the plan.