Quote-a-palooza – September 11th

“Our unalterable resolution would be to be free. They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised! in vain. Their arts may be more dangerous then their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords.” —Samuel Adams

“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed against him’; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.” —King David

“The five-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has produced a peculiar concern—whether rescuers used proper language in the midst of mind-numbing horror and chaos. Apparently, firefighters were prompted to use profanity, a fact that some Americans now find too offensive for prime time… Usually, I’m in favor of strict enforcement of decency standards… However, there’s a clear difference between gratuitous profanity contrived by unimaginative writers and the spontaneous language of real-life horror… Can anyone really imagine seeing what those firefighters saw—first one plane, then another—and saying, ‘Goodness gracious, what rare deed is this?’ When ‘What the—-’ more accurately captures the moment? Here’s a new word to teach the kiddies: verisimilitude. That is, depicting realism, or having the appearance of truth. In real life, people seeing others plunge 100 stories are going to say things they wouldn’t customarily say… [In] Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3… the Bible instructs that to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose. ‘A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance… a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.’ Had the chapter been written in today’s post-9/11 world, its author might have considered an amendment: ‘a time to watch one’s words, and a time to cuss like a first responder at Ground Zero, Sept. 11, 2001, New York, New York.” —Kathleen Parker

“[B]eing vague about the enemy and non-judgmental about evil is not what we should be five years after Sept. 11. This brings us to the one small bright spot to mark off the anniversary week of Sept. 11—an anniversary blackened by the decision to allow Mohammed Khatami, former president of Iran, the pre-eminent state sponsor of terrorism, into the United States. Khatami, who supports Hezbollah and the destruction of Israel, will be speaking on the eve of Sept. 11 at Harvard on—get this—’Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence.’ Bring your own airsickness bag. But here’s that bright spot: Denouncing the Khatami visit, GOP Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts ordered state agencies to refuse to provide assistance during the Khatami visit—which means no pomp and motorcade for the Iranian stooge. As Romney put it, ‘State taxpayers should not be providing special treatment to an individual who supports violent jihad and the destruction of Israel.’ How simple, how true. Five years later, somebody gets it.” —Diana West

“We’re engaged in a global struggle against the followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom and crushes all dissent, and has territorial ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims… And against such an enemy there is only one effective response: We will never back down, we will never give in and we will never accept anything less than complete victory… We will defeat the terrorists and their hateful ideology by spreading the hope of freedom across the world… The security of our nation depends on the advance of liberty in other nations.” —President George W. Bush

“For too long, the world was paralyzed by the argument that terrorism could not be stopped until the grievances of terrorists were addressed. The complicated and heartrending issues that perplex mankind are no excuse for violent, inhumane attacks, nor do they excuse not taking aggressive action against those who deliberately slaughter innocent people… Effective antiterrorist action has also been thwarted by the claim that… ‘One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.’ That’s a catchy phrase, but also misleading. Freedom fighters do not need to terrorize a population into submission. Freedom fighters target the military forces and the organized instruments of repression keeping dictatorial regimes in power. Freedom fighters struggle to liberate their citizens from oppression and to establish a form of government that reflects the will of the people… [O]ne has to be blind, ignorant, or simply unwilling to see the truth if he or she is unable to distinguish between those I just described and terrorists. Terrorists intentionally kill or maim unarmed civilians, often women and children, often third parties who are not in any way part of a dictatorial regime. Terrorists are always the enemies of democracy.” —Ronald Reagan

“All those critics who say we should change our foreign policies because we are causing the Islamists to attack us are—whether they use the term or not—arguing to appease aggressors by changing ourselves in conformity with the aggressor’s desires. The politically correct crowd who say we should change the way we talk, think and behave, change our surveillance of Muslims, even here in America, because it offends Islamist sensibilities—wish to gain safety by appeasing the violent and offended Islamists. These arguments are not immoral or cowardly. If we could vouchsafe America from the danger of nuclear, biological and other mass slaughters of millions of our citizens, it would be reckless not to carefully consider such appeasements. This is an issue of threat assessment. The appeasers don’t see the threat as so great. Thus they think we are overreacting and even adding to the problem… A maximum effort to extirpate the malignancy is the only and best defense for our way of life. I’m not against the appeasers because they are immoral or cowardly. I merely disagree with them because I believe that, like Neville Chamberlain, they underestimate the threat, and are thus dangerously wrong.” —Tony Blankley

“When we kill innocents, it’s despite our best efforts; when our enemies kill innocents, it means their plan worked.” – Me