September 11, 2021—Remember Always

Revisiting this post, which originally appeared here ten years ago. Nothing at all, unfortunately, needs updating:

I remember on hearing of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center’s North Tower that it reminded me of another aircraft incident, the 1945 impact of a B-25 bomber into the Empire State Building one foggy morning. We all thought the first onslaught in the morning of September 11, 2001, a horrid accident. We kept that thought until the second impact a little more than fifteen minutes later, when it was obvious that we were under attack.

Business stopped. We crowded around a small TV in the office, watching the video of the impact on the South Tower and the horrible events afterward. People speculated about the responsible organization. Those of us who followed current events knew that it was Al Qaeda under Bin Laden’s direction, knowing what we did of the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. The only comment that I remember making, standing there with my tie loosened, was “You mother[censored]. You want a Holy War, that’s what you’re gonna get.”

This was not exactly an appropriate comment for someone in a government leadership position. No one ever said a thing about it, except one of the younger employees that I supervised, whose response was to look at me and say, “Dude.”

A lot has happened in the last ten years. The Peace Dividend that we had looked forward to with the end of the Cold War evaporated instantly, and the War on Terror began. The world has taken on a far different form than we expected at the beginning of the third quarter of 2001. Faith wavered, and our national will was turned by the incessantly whining voices of the Left, until they gained power. The next four years was spent by a liberal political majority gorging at the trough of the American economy. A binge of insatiable government spending wilting the economy, the crushing economic consequences of the collapse of the Left’s interference in mortgage lending, and a nation weary of the costs of war all helped in the election of the current President. Some of the most pathetic years in the history of the office have followed.

Much like the human disaster of September 11th, the economic and cultural disaster of the current administration will leave rubble in its wake. It will have other aftereffects as well. More people than ever are politically active, and the most of the energy is from the conservative, hyper-competent elements of society. Constitutional government and free-market capitalism is in resurgence, now that the antithesis has been proven by its results so unworkable. People have clear comparisons to draw and harsh lessons to remember in which political and economic philosophies produce progress and folly. The lesson is of generational scope, and soon the landscape of American politics will change, just as the world scene has changed after 9/11.

In each case enemies of freedom came at us to make us weaker and made us stronger instead. Adversity does that. It is the seedbed of character. Without circumstances to overcome, we would be complacent. Without embracing the victims of disaster, we could not experience empathy. Nobility and courage would have no opportunity to prove their worth. These are all part of the eternity of answers that are available whenever the question “How can a loving God let this happen?” is asked.

We remember, and we have tried to learn from that day. God works yet in history to bring about His own ends, and faith brings strength, while hate, faithlessness, delusion and feckless self-interest hasten our demise. We continue to hope, as generations of the faithful have throughout history. We pray that somehow— this time— the lessons will be remembered.

Choose to Love, -DA



With all respect to the day, there is production news, as the Editress has finished her efforts on Daniel Sean Ritter’s concluding novel, his return to Bosnia in Sister’s Shadow. File formatting and final quality checks are ahead before a publication date will be announced, but I anticipate a release this month, God willing. Updates here ASAP.

6 responses to “September 11, 2021—Remember Always

  1. It’s amazing, Dale–and troubling–to read your post from ten years ago, and to realize that as you said, nothing has changed. Some of us have learned from that terrible day, while others either didn’t learn or have conveniently forgotten how fierce and bloody a Holy War can be.
    You’re also spot-on about adversity being the seedbed of character. In the horror of that day, heroes came out of the woodwork to help, to care, to search (including those 300+ awesome rescue dogs), and to comfort. In a later discussion I had with a regional American Red Cross blood bank manager, I learned that over a million units of blood were donated in the days and weeks following Sept. 11, from people–many of whom were first-time donors–who believed the blood might be needed and wanted to contribute aid in some way. In the midst of death and chaos, we saw America’s finest hours of courage and selflessness, down to the rescue dogs who worked 18-hour days with their handlers, and when taken off-duty for a rest, would struggle to go back into the rubble to continue the search.
    I hope we never see another September 11 like that one, but if we do,
    I believe Americans will rise again to the challenge as the old phrase says–doing it for God and country.
    God bless you, Dale, and your Editress, for your insight and your capacity for reason, and for your choice to love. You’re a true warrior for the faith, and for this country we both care so deeply about. (…and no, that was not a grammatically correct sentence, but this is my response post and I can say what I want to how I want to. ‘Nuff said.)
    Thanks, Dale.

    • America’s enemies have always underestimated the enduring power of the ideology enshrined in our country’s founding documents, what I still consider to be the pinnacle of philosophies of human governance. May it always be so. Thanks for the amazing post, you red-pen Jedi, you.

  2. Alas, it appears our shadow-agencies have learned NOTHING since 9/11 since all the components of government have been turned inward, to divide and persecute the American people as “the enemy,” rather than outwards towards the real enemy. As a society, we have learned nothing.

    • Possibly we’ve learned to distinguish the ideological Americans from the globalized socialists and cultivate a visceral distrust of the latter, though not enough of us yet. We’ll do what we’re able to continue setting brushfires of freedom in the minds we encounter. Thanks for popping in, Anna dear!

  3. Great article, Dale, as always. Things have definitely not changed for the better, that’s for sure. I just have to trust that God’s got it under control. 😥

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