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September 10th, 2011

Every Day Is 9/11

by Venomous Kate

NOTE: This is a re-print of an entry I wrote on 9/11/03. Since it continues to reflect my feelings about this grave date (although I no longer live overlooking the ocean), I decided to run it again in its entirety on this the 7th 10th anniversary of that awful day.

It is pouring outside today. The sky is flat, gray, heavy, its lifelessness mirrored on the dull ocean in front of my house. The horizon hides behind a veil of mist. It is as if the weather is directing me to remember, to honor this day by remaining focused on my home, my family, and the memories we share from having lived through this day together.

My big decision this morning has been whether to treat this as any other day: whether to blog as I usually do and run errands that need to be run, or whether I should spend it wrapped in sorrow, contemplation, a sad 24 hours that might somehow honor those whose lives were taken from them.

But why?

I do not need a day on the calendar to make me mourn. I do not need TV programs and sad-faced announcers garbed in black to recall those who fell on this date, or those who came before them – or since – in this fight for freedom. I need no magazine covers inciting my anger, no dusty poems dragged out from college textbooks to express this strange mingled sense of loss and rage. I live with those feelings every day: they are a part of my soul now, a part of our national soul. We are no longer innocent. We are no longer carefree. We are remarkable for making this sadness a part of us, and yet defiantly and exuberantly carrying on.

Note: I did not say “move on.” Quite the opposite, in fact. I want us to stay here, in this moment, filled with the rage which makes us recognize so very clearly the irrational foe who seeks our destruction. I want us to somberly reflect on the effects of our blind “tolerance,” our misguided sympathies for “root causes” and our decades of ignoring that this very same battle is waged constantly across the globe, this battle between freedom and fanatics, only we no longer have the smug comfort of believing it will never touch us. I want us to contain this knowledge within us every day, and to go on with our lives while holding it close in our hearts.

I do not want a calendar or a clock telling me when to remember and when to tuck my memories away until the next time the day rolls around, year after year, ad infinitum. This horror, this anger, this outrage is part of my life now. It is part of every day, and it will be as long as there is something over which I should be so inflamed.

My life was changed that day. Admitting that fact is not “letting the terrorists win” – it is telling them that I remember what they did and yet I can blog, I can run errands, I can swim in the sad-colored water and enjoy the feel of it on my skin, I can laugh with my husband and play on the floor with my son. I can live this day as if it were any other, even as they continue their threats, their promises of greater evil and more life-shattering deeds. But they will not change my life. I will keep living because I have seen what they are capable of, I have seen the worst they’ve been able to do, and the horror makes freedom taste that much sweeter.

If there is a “message to the world” to be read in the blazing skies on September 11, 2001, it is this: that pride will always overcome terror, that joy will always survive despair, and that freedom is not encased in walls of cement and steel but in the hearts of those who can smile even as their faces are covered in ashes.

Remember.

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October 21st, 2009

Congress Passes Gitmo Bill

by Venomous Kate

Let me just tell you, many of us who live in Leavenworth (the town, not the prison) are furious about Congress’ decision to continue the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the U.S. to stand trial. (Note to Congress: why send them here when Michigan actually wants them???)

While “the measure does not allow those convicted to be imprisoned in the US nor permit those cleared to stay”, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to have a show down with the administration over detention of individuals the courts do not consider threats.

So, what’s an administration to do? Here’s my prediction: DOJ lawyers will file charges then drag out the trials as long as possible to keep suspected terrorists imprisoned. And where will they be held? Here in the US, of course. Oh, wait… that’s already happening!

Sen. Dick Durbin justifies the decision by saying that Gitmo has “become a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda”. Considering how long criminal trials tend to drag out (see above), all that Congress has accomplished is relocating al-Qaeda’s recruiting tool onto U.S. soil where, let’s face it, their activities will be cloaked under claims of rights to free association and speech.

January 27th, 2009

Don’t Bring The Gitmo Detainees To My Town!

by Venomous Kate

The California Yankee has a good piece up about where Obama will put the terrorists now that he’s closing Gitmo. Among the locations under consideration: the Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, the DoD’s only maximum security prison.

It just so happens that the DB is just a few miles from my house. I live in the town of Leavenworth. My husband works on Ft. Leavenworth’s installation. This is our home, and we don’t want to share it with detainees or those they’d draw here.

If you’ve never been to Leavenworth, it’s easy to imagine that the Disciplinary Barracks are behind massive walls, safely tucked away from polite society. A threat to no one. But that’s only if you haven’t been here. Those who’ve visited our town know better.

If you’ve actually driven on post — something which only requires showing the guards your driver’s license and proof of insurance — you know that, for all of its security, there’s no real separation between the DB and the community of Ft. Leavenworth.

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July 6th, 2008

The Shangdong Segue To Safety

by Venomous Kate


Members of China’s armed police demonstrate a rapid deployment during an anti-terrorist drill held in Jinan, capital of east China’s Shandong Province July 2, 2008, roughly one month ahead of the Beijing Olympics.(Xinhua/Fan Changguo Photo)

What, like terrorists can’t afford a box of nails?

October 25th, 2007

A Not-So-Mighty Heart Now?

by Venomous Kate

Mariane Pearl, widow of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, has dropped her lawsuit against al Qaeda in New York.

The lawsuit, which sought an unspecified amount of damages for Daniel’s beheading, had named as defendants “those terrorists, terrorist organizations and the supporting charitable and banking organizations for the senseless kidnapping, torture and murder of Daniel Pearl.”

The banking organizations included Habib Bank Limited, one of Pakistan’s largest banks. Pearl’s attorneys claimed the bank was funding various “charities” which served as fronts for terrorist organizations. The bank had denied the claim.

Back in March another defendant — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the force behind the 9/11 attacks — had claimed responsibility for Pearl’s murder.

Attorneys for Mariane Pearl state that she voluntarily dismissed the suit for “personal reasons” which have nothing to do with the merits of the suit.

Frankly, I’m truly disappointed in this move. The “Mighty Heart” movie about Mariane Pearl’s life, starring Angelina Jolie, had done quite a bit to remind folks of the travesty behind Daniel Pearls’s death, and how actual justice has not yet been meted out.

July 5th, 2007

Gitmo Inmates Get More

by Venomous Kate

Gitmo detainees are just sitting around in their cells, unfairly deprived and mentally withering, right? That, at least, is what the liberal U.S. media would have us believe. Odd they left out the introduction of vegetable gardening and “film nights”.

The steps, though limited, mark a change of tack for the American military after months of seeking to toughen discipline at the facility after unrest in one of its sections – Camp 4 – erupted last year with a brief riot and the suicides of three inmates.

It is in Camp 4, which is reserved for the most compliant of the prisoners, that the first changes are being brought in. Its roughly 45 detainees – out of a total of 375 still at Guantanamo – have already been allowed to tend a vegetable garden and watch television shows selected by officers. Among them is a documentary show about deep sea fishing off Alaska called The Deadliest Catch. The idea is to provide the inmates, most of whom are accused of ties with al-Qa’ida or the Taliban, with “increased mental stimulation,” Navy Rear Admiral Mark Buzby said this week. Another innovation is the expansion of language classes, both Arabic and English, for detainees who must nonetheless sit in classrooms with one ankle chained to the floor.

Now we just need to introduce “Weenie Roast” night — with all-pork hot dogs, of course — and teach them all to sing Kum By Yah. That’ll teach them not to mess with us.

June 25th, 2007

Hell Hath No Fury

by Venomous Kate

Note to organizers of interfaith events designed to help Christians understand Islam: you might want to pick speakers who don’t dismiss a murder as an “aberration” and who consider it rational for riots to break out over a cartoon.

But if you do choose such speakers, don’t be surprised if Anwyn calls them on the carpet.

May 25th, 2007

I’ve Figured Out The ‘Root Causes’!

by Venomous Kate

I have done it. I have finally figured out the “root causes of terrorism.” Not merely the ones the Democrats prattle on about, but the true, quintessential causes of the terrorist acts waged by Islamic extremists throughout the world. Quite simply, the answer is thus: a life without bacon is not worth living. And, as we all know, I’m not entirely convinced that a life without the occasional martini is all that worthwhile, either.

So, could this be the next big thing in anti-terrorist tactics?

Mmmmm bacon
Found on Flickr.