9-11-11: The Videos

This is the 10th anniversary of the brutal murder of 3000 American civilians by an enemy that has sworn to annihilate this country completely. Just as my parents said about Pearl Harbor, we must never forget, because when we do, when we least expect it, Al Qaeda will strike again. Below the fold I’ve included a few videos to help you remember.

Make no mistake, this is the time not just to mourn the dead, but to celebrate the heroes. So many things in my life have changed since 9/11 and I’ve made so many friends because of it. It’s a time to celebrate those firefighters, police, and emergency personnel who rushed to the towers and rushed to the Pentagon to save as many lives as possible.

It’s to time to celebrate those men and women who willingly and voluntarily enlisted in our Armed Forces to fight the enemy in the Middle East so that they would not have to fight them here. When the 143rd military police Company return to Connecticut in 2004 I asked one of the soldiers how he felt about fighting in Iraq at the time. I still remember him telling me, almost as it was yesterday, I am fighting them there so that my children don’t have to fight them in the future.

I want to take this moment to salute members of the Connecticut National Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Navy, the Coast Guard, the FBI and the CIA  and especially Pres. George W. Bush and Pres. Barack H Obama who for the last last 10 years have put their lives on the line to keep us safe and help prevent another 9/11.

Some of these videos may be hard to watch but make sure you scroll down and see the final video. It still chilling. God bless and rest all of their souls. Here is the 1st tower being hit.

 And here is video of the 2nd tower being hit:

And here’s video from the aftermath. This may be a little tough to watch as people tried to escape the building. But I think it’s important that you see so you can remember how horrific this was and how desperate our enemy is. The first is of the Towers collapsing. The second is of desperate trapped victims jumping to their death.

And here is the video that gave America hope, stirred it’s heart and led America to not only take it to the enemy but set up those institutions that to this day keep us safe.

32 replies
  1. Jeff S
    Jeff S says:

    Can you believe Krugman tweeting that Bush and Guliani as fake heroes during this crisis!? Apparently Mr. Krugman has no shame.

  2. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Sorry, Jim, couldn’t watch, I have several versions of these on my computer to save permanently. But am so glad of your comment to celebrate all those who serve and preserve our? freedom and safety. It is the right lesson to learn form 9/11. Thanks

  3. winnie
    winnie says:

    I’m with Lynn…After 10 long years it’s still so difficult to relive that day.? I watched what I could yesterday, but with it being my daughter’s 21st birthday, I really couldn’t spend the day sobbing on the sofa (which, if I’d watched every documentary that was shown yesterday, I would have).??
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    I don’t think anyone has forgotten where they were on that September morning in 2001, and the images we saw during the ensuing weeks & months won’t leave us.? I am grateful that nothing happened yesterday, though.?
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    And yes,? I still miss President George W. Bush.

  4. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    Jeff, Krugman opinion piece in the NYT was on that subject – he wouldn’t let any comments be made, which shows what a coward HE is…hit and run artist.? He’s supercilious and an intellectual snob – hasn’t a clue what real courage is or isn’t in his protected, ivory tower.

  5. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    In the week long self flagellating and spasmodic retrospective on our loss and vulnerability, was there a single reference to the joyous dancing in the streets of the Muslim world in 2001??? Was there any coverage of the US flag burning by Islamist protesters in London this 9/11?? Was there even any discussion of the belief system that motivated the attacks?? Political correctness anyone?

  6. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    Ok. Instead of commemorated the lives lost and the heroes of 9/11, let’s use the anniversary to promote hate and bigotry.

    • winnie
      winnie says:

      Pretty sure that PV’s point is that political correctness should apply to all, not just to we, the American people.? We get so tied up in knots worrying about hurting someone’s *feelings* that our pc media doesn’t even report the hypocrisy of those out there who still support the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11/01.? I don’t need our media to protect me from factual events that are occurring.? They’re on a never ending quest to leave out important information that is pertinent to our security.? Isn’t it important for us to know that there are people out there that still revel in what happened to us that day?

  7. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Jim, I watched last night the “9/11” documentary. Saw what was going on in the doomed WTC Towers which was filmed by those two French brothers. What I saw on the faces of the fire fighters was FEAR. Although I had seen the special before, this year, I had seen it with new eyes, in the months since Osama Bin Ladin has been taken down.

  8. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    crystal, pv made the comment that there was practically NO coverage about the perpetrators of 9/11 – he didn’t mention anything about us burning flags.? Just that the media is very politically correct.? Not as much as over here though.? In EU countries?most journalists don’t even report that terrorist attacks are by fundamentalist muslims when they are.?

  9. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    and please don’t call me a bigot…well, you can if you like, but it’s completely untrue as people will tell you here, I’ve often come to the defense of muslims, having taught many wonderful, decent, hard-working ones who have the same basic desire to better themselves?as most Americans.

  10. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    p.s. I’m just tired of people not saying the truth about things because it might “offend” someone.? Everyone?is accountable for?their own life’s behaviors, attitudes and actions and there is no color scheme after death.?

  11. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    I wonder what we learned, if anything, from the trauma of 9/11/01. The first comment by phil does not bode well. There are still 2 wars going on, bin Laden has been killed and there is more saber rattling. Do we need even more?

  12. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    sammy – If arne’t going to do the job properly (ie. stop being so “nice” to evil) probably should get out of afghanistan and just use planes?bomb any problem areas (like northern waziristan – the heck with what pakistan says) or resurgence of taliban.? too many lives being lost, more in the past couple of years due to policy changes.? .just my opinion.

  13. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    @ gillie: “stop being so ?nice? to evil”
    You have to be kidding me!!!
    Who got bin Laden (after Bush said he really didn’t care about him)????
    Then the kicker :
    “too many lives being lost, more in the past couple of years due to policy changes. ‘
    Who started the phony Iraq war…how many lives lost???
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  14. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Read yesterday that 9/11/01 has cost so far around $3.3T (that is trillion). That includes the devastation, payments to victims, two (2) wars, cost to take care of the veterans etc. Costs are still being “absorbed” by the nation. When do we stop saying things a-la-phil “Don?t get mad.? Get even!”

    • winnie
      winnie says:

      Thank you for clarifying that “T” represents “trillions” of dollars.? I know that you believe that we’re a bunch of rubes here, but really?? Could have sworn that Obama ran on ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq AND closing Gitmo.? Can you say “Libya”?? Please.

  15. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    winnie, I have often stated my disapproval of the Dems and Pres. Obama, when I feel that they have blown it. I try to keep the discourse on a civil level, it does not seem to matter.

  16. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    crystal, one can debate endlessly about the iraq war, but what’s the point.? We each have our own opinions.? Mine was agreeing with them going in; disagreeing with letting them run riot afterwards and (again) being “nice to evil.”? Either do the job properly, or not at all.? And, another thing hardly mentioned when attacking Bush: the Democratic leadership had EXACTLY the same intel. information as did Bush.? Look at the Congressional voting record based on that intel (which Bush did not provide).? As a result of it, and Saddam?Hussein bragging he had WMD’s and was prepared to attack Israel, ?practically all of them voted to go to war in Iraq.? Please also note, when we went into Iraq aggressively, Iran started to placate us as did North Korea.? Once we become “softer” they laughed at?us all the way to their nuclear armament stocks.

  17. DocD
    DocD says:

    Does anyone truly believe that war and violence will bring about peace?? War begets war. And the cycle of violence goes on and on and on. There is as much fear today in this country as there was in the 50’s and 60’s, we’re just finding other countries to scapegoat as ‘the problem’.? 2000 years ago a man was tortured and killed because he was thought to be? “the problem’.? A high priest said “Let one man die rather than let an entire nation perish”.? We now recognise him as the greatest man that ever lived.? Makes you think about our perspective on where the true source of evil is now, no????Dowm from the?iconic symbol of the cross seems to shout??the words ?’STOP IT!!?
    Can you imagine growing up as a young muslim boy on a such steady diet of hate, that your heart is filled with nothing but hate, that your only true sense of your life’s worth is to kill yourself in order to kill other people?? They were once innocent children like you or I.? ?I cry for the victims of 9-11, but I cry as well for those?children who?grew up knowing?nothing but hate their whole lives.??John Lennon sung “Imagine all the people, living life in peace..”, well as another song goes, “let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me…

  18. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    DocD, You sound like a wonderful, kind, considerate and innocent man. I agree with your description of the young muslim boy who was fed on a daily diet of hate, but we come to different conclusions. I will defend myself against anyone who tries to kill me and kill him if necessary, I’m betting that it is a natural will to survive.? If you choose to turn the other cheek, you probably will die by this young muslim youth, especially if he is a jihadist. By the way, anyone fed on a diet of hate, Christian, Jew, Morman, even Hindu and Buddhist,? whatever will kill. That’s why we have homegrown terrorists and Hays and his ilk.? Did you particularly mention muslim, because we should grant them special favors or will you grant this special favor to all races and religions? As for Lennon, you may want to pick another song writer since he was killed by a disturbed young man, I don’t know if he practiced a specific religion or not, but I could google it to find out.

  19. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    DocD, nicely said, but in vain. Read phil’s post at the very beginning. Many of the other posts are soft versions/justifications for? “Don?t get mad.? Get even!”

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