Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11-Remembering Frances Cilente & the Day She was Murdered

Is it unreasonable that some people don’t want to continue the public 9/11 remembrance ceremonies? After all it has been 2,191 days, and how long can you grieve? For those who lost relatives, I’ll leave it to them to make their individual decisions on grieving. For the rest of us, I suggest that allowing the event to slide over the horizon of awareness is a major mistake. Our enemies have not forgotten. On that subject matter, Cal Thomas wrote this,

Terrorists have not forgotten 9/11. Tape of the Twin Towers is used on jihadist Websites for the purpose of recruiting new "martyrs."

Some people suggest that ceremony weariness, a fatigue, has set-in. From an article by N.R. Kleinfield.

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.

There is shallowness and a weakness in the spirit and psyche of some Americans. Yes, that is it, isn’t it? How does that happen? Is it a function of a society with too much individual prosperity and a sense of entitlement? Or, could it be a function of so many people getting a liberal college education predominately controlled by an overarching leftist philosophy? Is it a function of losing positive personal values? Is it a function of becoming secular? Is it a function of a liberal education system taking advantage of the parental abdication of educational responsibilities? Is it a function of the main stream media deliberately pushing an agenda contrary to the interests of America and failing to educate the public on the issues? Most likely, it is a combination of all of the above.

Kleinfield continues with this perplexing paragraph.

As life pushes on in its ragged way, it is natural that the U.S. fixation on an ominous event becomes ruptured and its anniversary starts to wear out. Commemorations of horrific events exist worldwide, like the annual ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan, to mark the first wartime use of a nuclear bomb. Many European cities mark the end of World War I each year.

The rest of the world gets it, but Americans don’t? If we are to believe the previous quotation, perhaps it is so.

More from Kleinfield.

But few Americans give much thought anymore on Dec. 7 to the fact that Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941 (the date to live in infamy). Similar subdued attention is paid to other scarring U.S. tragedies: the Kennedy assassination (Nov. 22, 1963), the Kent State shootings (May 4, 1970), the Oklahoma City bombing (April 19, 1995). Already since Sept. 11 there have been Katrina and Virginia Tech in the United States. And people have their own, more circumscribed agonies.

While each of the above incidents were tragic in their own right, it is only Pearl Harbor Day that is paramount and on the level of the 9/11 events. As it was in 1941, 9/11/2001 dramatically signals the necessity of the U.S. to proactively enter a world wide conflict and get on a war footing to defeat the threat. That war footing requires large scale personal sacrifice across the breadth of society. It happened in World War II, but it has not happened this time around.

Despite what has been negatively stated of some Americans herein, I suspect that future historians will judge the Islamo-fascist attacks on 9/11/2001 to have been a colossal mistake by Usama bin Ladin and his Al Qaeda. Based upon American foreign policy behavior since the days of the Vietnam War, bin Ladin and crew misjudged the core resilience of Americans. Islamists should have been content to silently take control through the mechanism of population growth dynamics, which are occurring world wide, especially in Europe. Had they waited 40 or 50 more years before striking, Europe would have been theirs for the taking. And, the fifth column population growth in the U.S., with the concomitant infiltration into government and the military, would have been significant enough to cause serious disruptions.

I suspect that the recognition of the Islamo-fascist threat by Pres. George W. Bush and his subsequent resolve to engage the problem has set the stage for the eventual demise of Islamo-fascism. Pres. George Bush has the American resilience that is totally lacking in American leftists and mostly lacking in American true liberals. Thank God we elected Pres. Bush and not Al Gore or John Kerry at this crucial juncture in time.

Until Islamo-fascism is defeated we must fixate on their barbarity. The 9/11 events are just one gigantic example.

Unlike those who lost someone on 9/11 or lived the event, most of us don’t have a strong personal attachment to the day. One way I fixate is to remember Frances Ann Cilente, previously unknown to me, who lost her life at the WTC. On last year’s anniversary, I wrote about her in my blog entitled, “Frances Ann Cilente Remembered.” The research I did on Frances Cilente made her life and the loss to her family and friends quite real to me. She is not just a name on a list. She became my sister.

Sis was murdered six years ago today by Islamo-fascists who supported the philosophy of doing the same to all of us, and that’s important to remember.

Links in this blog:
Forget 9/11 At Our Peril-Cal Thomas
New Yorkers split over how to commemorate Sept. 11 attack-N.R. Kleinfield
Frances Ann Cilente Remembered