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September 29, 2009 / theoldsilly

Nine Eleven O Nine – Terror Thwarted?

Here in the States we all remember where we were and what we were doing on September 11, 2001. The day terrorist attacks shocked our nation to its core. I was making a sales call. Walked into a car collision repair shop to service an account I had with them. They had a few new employees and the Pre-Paid Legal Services plan I was selling neetwin towers burningded to be explained to them. See if they wanted to purchase it at discount under the company’s employee benefits package. But I couldn’t get anybody’s attention. Everyone was dead quiet, riveted to a TV screen in the corner of the lobby with an image like this blazing across the monitor and burning its hideous reality their (and my) brains-

Needless to say that sales call didn’t go very well. Didn’t matter, and I wasn’t exactly in the mood to do a pitch anyway after getting hit over the head with such a horrendous sight.

Well it’s been eight years and a couple weeks since that happened, and life in America has long since gone back to “business as usual.” But do you know what nearly happened just this past 9/11?

This. This is what almost happened-

Fact is, terrorist threats are ubiquitous in this country and many others as well. Plots are being formed and execution strategies planned all the time. Some blogs I read when Googling this recent thwart are having heated debates … many suspect the government stages them, these (they call them) faked terrorist attempts. They claim they set up fall guys, show off our FBI agents busting them, causing our chests to swell in good ol’ American Pride and making us want all the more to kill all the evil Muslim Maniacs. Propaganda to ensure we’ll continue to endorse our wars against Arab countries.

Me? I don’t know. I don’t trust our government, not one bit. Haven’t since the 60’s, Watergate, the Kennedy slayings and the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr. And I would not put it past our government for a second to try and deceive the public for less than honorable reasons. Still, I have to think that the truth lies somewhere in between. Government is corrupt, yes, and will use insidious ploys to achieve whatever the hell it wants to, and … terrorism is also real, yes, and our enemies – which we continue to grow in massive numbers – are very real threats to our security here in our homeland.

I know one thing – I’m glad that car filled with plastic explosives did not blow up that Bronx synagogue, whoever or whatever the reasons behind it being loaded with the deadly stuff were.

It’s time to stop this senseless violence. Time to use dialog, understanding, and the Golden Rule to resolve global disputes. I know, I might as well be teaching a Sunday School lesson in Disneyland to think it’ll do any good preaching love and understanding as a means of resolving conflicts of this size and with such historically entrenched arch-rivals at each others’ throats in the name of religion, money and power.

But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, damn it. Hate never conquers hate. Only love conquers hate. My main man J.C. said it, and by God I believe it too.

That’s the Old Silly’s rant ‘n’ stance. What’s yours?

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  1. Ron Berry / Sep 29 2009 7:06 am

    I’m still trying to figure out why they hate us. Ok, so we let our women be seen and not hidden under a bunch of rags. but so what. I figure they want theirs hidden because they are scared of the females (as well they should be). As for our government, it should go back to the way it was originally, get paid a pittance but do the work necessary then return to the farm where their real job is. But, we have to look to ourselves since it is us that voted these idiots in. we need to learn to vote out the pork barrelers and vote in people that believe in working for the people, not the ones working for big business. Make the people feel worthy and offer them ways to survive and big business will survive on its own.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 7:29 am

      Ron, they hate us because we have historically sided with Israel and against them (the Arab/Islamic Nations) and we impose our economic/political/religious will on them with the use of deadly force and to the tune of thousands of innocent civilians being slaughtered while we do so. There are two sides to every story and we here in America only get (through the slave media anyway) the horrible things THEY do to OUR friends. There needs to be, as I see Cactus suggested, open dialog between the REAL people – the inhabitants of the warring nations.

  2. Cactus Annie / Sep 29 2009 7:11 am

    Pretty damn scary is right. And I too do not trust our government. I really don’t know what to think about true or not true anymore. Except that you’re right that hate never conquers hate. Maybe if we could have cultural exchanges – get regular people from the different countrito es meet each other and see that in spite of our differences we are all, after all, just human beings that want peace and the ability to raise our families and be happy.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 7:31 am

      Excellent viewpoint and suggestion, Cactus. Hardly more doable than a hopeless prayer, but wouldn’t it be great if we could all just sit down to a nice meal together and talk over our differences and realize our similarities?

  3. Ak / Sep 29 2009 7:35 am

    There are numerous reasons why they hate us.. But these days i have this feeling that may be government planned all these to dominate the oil rich countries in the Middle East. After all the government has a long blood trail of blunders, such as the Vietnam war..

    Love the post.

    How are you. Sorry i could be online for over a month. I was in the hospital recovering from an accident after a sick asshole who thinks that his 800 cc car was a super race car hit me.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 7:50 am

      Hey AK – thanks for your comment – we think much alike on this subject, young man. But WOW! A month in the hospital after a crash on your motorcycle? You gonna be ok dude? Stay in touch.

  4. katrina / Sep 29 2009 7:52 am

    Great post. Always stirs up the anger in this dizzy (very patriotic) closet blond. I don’t trust our government at all… not one little bit. But then again, I’m not a very trusting person anyway. lol

    Loved the post Marv… as usual.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 8:00 am

      Thanks Katrina – but what? – a non-trusting dizzy blond? You? No Way! lol 😉

  5. Elizabeth Spann Craig / Sep 29 2009 8:23 am

    The Golden Rule would provide the perfect resolution to so many conflicts. But I’m not sure if that’s ever going to actually be realized (at least not in our lifetime.)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 8:45 am

      Hmm, yes – sadly, Elizabeth, I have to agree with you – on both points.

  6. Jane Kennedy Sutton / Sep 29 2009 9:51 am

    I have a necklace from the 60s that still echoes my sentiments. It says, “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” I believe there’s got to be a better way to solve conflicts.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 9:56 am

      I remember that slogan, Jane – saw it on bumper stickers also in the 60’s. We need a return to the 60’s attitudes in this country, eh?

  7. John Standish / Sep 29 2009 9:53 am

    I’m a firm believer the ORIGINAL 9/11 attack was staged. How ya gonna tell me the Pentagon does not watch the skies around itself enough to see a jet invading its space getting ready to crash into it? C’mon. And then there’s the fact that the twin towers were percentage wise nearly empty of people. Still thousands in there, yes, but nowhere near the normal amount. Then we get this 20 second video clip of the EVIL MUSLIM Bin Ladin, same clip over and over, inciting us to hatred like something right out of Orwell’s 1984, but of course we can never find him. Riiiiiiiight.

    Then we go and invade Iraq, oust and kill Saddam Hussein, ostensibly to find and eliminate all of their “weapons of mass destruction.” So where’s the weapons? We never found any. That’s cuz there weren’t any. It’s all bullshit, and it’s all about oil, money and power. And we the people are being treated like the fools we are by our government – a bunch of power mad self-serving thugs that we should be enraged enough about to stand up and revolt against it.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 9:57 am

      Woa – John! This rant is good for a whole post in itself! Yeah, you know, during post-911 I couldn’t help but remember Orwell’s 1984 and think, wow – this is exactly like the book, but in real life.

  8. Helen Ginger / Sep 29 2009 10:01 am

    These days, I’m not feeling terribly optimistic. I was when Obama came into office, but less than a year later, I’m tired of politicians who won’t cooperate and compromise if it doesn’t directly benefit them. And sick of screaming, lying politicians. Based on the comments you’ve gotten so far, I’m not the only one. When it comes to terrorists, I don’t believe love your neighbor as you love yourself will work, nor will do unto others as you would have then do unto you, nor will turn the other cheek. Before we can fight the terrorists abroad, we have to fight the idiots within. Bleh. Thank goodness I’m having lunch with some writer friends this afternoon to try to get back in a good mood.

    Straight From Hel

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 10:06 am

      LOL – gosh Helen, I hope I haven’t spoiled your lunch! But I certainly agree with and relate to the sense of hopelessness in your comment about the situation. I just think we gotta start somewhere and do something. Hence the occasional rant post here on the blog, but even so – much more to do.

  9. quirkyloon / Sep 29 2009 10:28 am

    I remember watching a PBS documentary about two families: one Arab and one Israeli.

    It was incredibly sad and frightening. The constant fear these families lived in was unbelievable. No wonder they hate each other so much. And the propoganda they were learning to hate each other. Again, UNbelievable.

    I believe it is the same premise for many of our Muslim brothers (and sisters). Their hatred is so embedded into their psyches.

    I don’t know what the answer is. It is an extremely complex issue, but I do pray often for hearts to be softened.

    So far? Not so good.

    But I won’t give up!

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 10:34 am

      Very enlightened attitude, Quirkster. Hey move over, make some room … I’d like to kneel beside you and pray together with you.

  10. Galen / Sep 29 2009 10:35 am

    Sigh. Well, it’s a sad fact of life that hate and extremism doesn’t listen to the calm voice or reason and logic. So, long as that remains true, I’m afraid other defensive measures are necessary.

    Best Regards, Galen

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 10:41 am

      Yeah, Galen – you’re right, of course … and I don’t mean to sound like I do not appreciate the men and women of our armed forces – like YOU – who take up the mighty and deadly dangerous task of defending our country. My only gripe is against the LEADERS of this country who put our young people in harm’s way for purposes hidden beneath what they tell us it is for.

      Thanks for you comment, it, and you, are always appreciated here, bro.

  11. amy / Sep 29 2009 11:41 am

    It would be great to find a way to end the violence but when there is so many people benefit from the hatred and violence, there is not much chance for world peace. That doesn’t mean we should give up trying. Somehow, someday, there is a chance for world peace.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 2:26 pm

      Like John Lennon and all of us sang back in the 70’s “All we are saying – is give peace a chance!”

  12. Jean Henry Mead / Sep 29 2009 1:33 pm

    John’s right. There are plenty of books and documentaries that prove that 9/11 was an inside job. The owner of Bldg. 7 gained billions of dollars from his insurance company and journalists reported the fall of Bldg. 7 BEFORE it fell. There is a video tape of an anchor woman reporting the building’s demise before it fell in the background as she was on the air talking about it. I thought everyone knew the truth by now.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 2:29 pm

      No Jean, no way … you, me, and a small smattering (percentage wise) of the population would dare look behind and around and under the slave mass media tripe we get handed in the news and seek out the truth, the hideous reality of what’s really going down.

  13. yvonne lewis / Sep 29 2009 1:50 pm

    9/11 will forever stay etched in everyone’s mind, the horror of the terrorist actions was awful, It’s also a date I remember for another reason.9/11 98 my husband passed away so it’s a day in the calendar I remember all too well.

    Thanks Marvin for your visit, you asked how I was doing well I am just plain scared, My doctor can’t or won’t understand what I’m going through, at least someone in blogland cares.
    Thank you.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 2:31 pm

      Wow, how poignant then that day must be for you, Yvonne. Yes you have friends here, me included even thought we may have never yet met in the flesh. The spirit is everywhere – god bless and keep and embolden you as you move through this fearful passage. My prayers are with you.

  14. ReformingGeek / Sep 29 2009 2:34 pm

    Nice post. I wish I had the answers.

    Prayer, positive thoughts/vibes, or whatever you believe in can’t hurt. We are being lead by our government and they are human. The best we can do is to replace them at election time if they aren’t doing what we need them to do.

    • theoldsilly / Sep 29 2009 7:38 pm

      Yeah I wish I ‘had the answers” too. Election day for me, sadly, isn’t one of them. By the time a politician reaches state or national level status they’re owned by special interest groups who will dictate what they do in office.

  15. Michelle / Sep 29 2009 4:04 pm

    Good read Marvin. I totally agree that hate only begets more hate and violence only leads to more violence. Respect can also beget respect—if given and accepted in the right vein. Therefore, try to give diplomacy a chance to succeed where bullets and bombs have failed! Words we can live by!!

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