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Idle thoughts of a relatively libertarian Republican in Cambridge, MA, and whomever he invites. Mostly political.

"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Monday, September 11, 2006 :::

The sub-title/tagline/banner thingy1 at the top of the blog used to change more frequently than it has lately, primarily because I've become busier without getting any less lazy. In fact, I have an out of date list of used ones with explanations of their origins. It had been the same for a while, but a few days ago, my co-blogger and brother suggested that I change it to something 9/11y. I'm not sure it's obvious that I've done so, but I have.

President Bush gave a pretty good speech tonight. He's a little bit more idealistic than I am — or, at least, he talks it.

He spoke early on about flight 93. I was struck a few years ago by a Mark Steyn column, with the following quote, of which I can't find the original:
As UPI's James Robbins wrote, "The Era of Osama lasted about an hour and half or so, from the time the first plane hit the tower to the moment the General Militia of Flight 93 reported for duty."

Exactly. The most significant development of 11 September is that it marks the day America began to fight back: 9/11 is not just Pearl Harbor but also the Doolittle Raid, all wrapped up in 90 minutes. No one will ever again hijack an American airliner with boxcutters, or, I'll bet, with anything else ? not because of predictably idiotic new Federal regulations, but because of the example of Todd Beamer's ad hoc platoon. Faced with a novel and unprecedented form of terror, American technology (cellphones) combined with the oldest American virtue (self-reliance) to stop it cold in little more than an hour.
So, we have that going for us.

Christopher Hitchens had an op-ed (free on the web) in this morning's Wall Street Journal, on what Bush noted is not so much "clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization."

National Review Online has a "Symposium". James Joyner has a round-up, plus (later) a round-up of thoughts from the left.

Political Calculations has a list of successes in the war on [whatever you call the guys we're at war with]. Lileks offers an alternative history.

Orin Kerr has thoughts on the state of law since 9/11, which lead Glenn Reynolds to say:
It's certainly true that the civil-liberties violations I feared in the fall of 2001 have not come to pass. It's also true that, critical as I have been, and remain, of Homeland Security efforts we have gone five years without a major attack, which is something I certainly didn't expect. There seems to be a fair amount of gloom around the blogosphere today,which is appropriate on an anniversary like this one, I suppose, but those seem like two very bright spots.
Heh. Indeed.

If you'd rather watch Frontline than ABC's docudrama, there was an episode on John O'Neill which is available on the web.

Dave Barry wrote this a few days after the incident.

Apparently, Secretary Rice is in Newfoundland, thanking them for hosting everyone who was flying to the U.S. from Europe when our airspace was shut down.

And, as long as I'm linking to everything in sight, Senator Rockefeller on why we should be in Iraq.

1 My brother uses the term "blanner", which I've mostly adopted, but it's too cloying for me to adopt without being apologetic about it. So we're calling it the "blanner". But I'm sorry.

::: posted by Steven at 9:49 PM

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