Tuesday, February 26, 2008

15th anniversary of first WTC attack

15 years ago today, Islamic terrorists tried to topple New York's twin towers. Andy McCarthy reminds those who think that 911 was caused by George Bush's smirk, or that the US government was involved...
n the morning of February 26, 1993, Islamic militants steered a nondescript Ryder van through the winding darkness of the parking garage under the World Trade Center. They had spent years planning this moment in secret meetings at mosques and jailhouses, in rural outposts that served as paramilitary camps, and in safehouses where explosive compounds were mixed in makeshift labs.

Loaded into the van’s rear compartment was a 1,400-pound chemical bomb.

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It had been the intention of the World Trade Center bombers to annihilate tens of thousands of Americans, in addition to rendering the world’s most significant financial district uninhabitable. ...So yes, the aftermath resembled the ninth ring of hell, but the devastation was orders of magnitude less than it could have been.

In hindsight, we now know the silver lining caused us to miss the ferocity and determination of our enemies.

There's a war on. We didn't start it. It didn't start in 2001. And leaving Iraq isn't going to make it better. Nor is turning off our intelligence capabilities.

The frustrating question is this - why is it that one of the two major political parties in this country doesn't actually recognize that there's a war on?

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