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April 27, 2006

United 93 - not soon enough

On April 25 at the Tribeca Film festival, United 93 premiered.

I find it surprising that such a film is, in any way, controversial. As intense and emotionally wrenching the trailers, I was taken aback by the almost hysterical claims of "Too soon!"

Today, the father of Todd Beamer, David Beamer, writes a powerful answer to the Too Soon (aka "how about NEVER") Crowd

Paul Greengrass and Universal set out to tell the story of United Flight 93 on that terrible day in our nation's history. They set about the task of telling this story with a genuine intent to get it right--the actions of those on board and honor their memory. Their extensive research included reaching out to all the families who had lost loved ones on United Flight 93 as the first casualties of this war. And Paul and his team got it right.
My great appreciation to the British Greengrass and I sincerely hope this embarrasses American directors in a deep and burning way.
Often we attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become complacent. It is too soon for us to think of this war in only national terms. We need to be mindful that this enemy, who made those holes in our landscape and caused the deaths of some 3,000 of our fellow free people, has a vision to personally kill or convert each and every one of us. This film reminds us that this war is personal. This enemy is on a fanatical mission to take away our lives and liberty--the liberty that has been secured for us by those whose names are on those walls in Battery Park and so many other walls and stones throughout this nation. This enemy seeks to take away the free will that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some 231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all.
As was clearly demonstrated in the comments of my simple question post, some people's moral compass is so thoroughly broken, or ideologically corrupted, they cannot even bring themselves to declare the enemy that murdered Todd Beamer and the rest of 9/11/01 as evil.

More Americans died in two hours on 9/11/01 then have died directly fighting the same ideological enemies in Iraq. Frustrated, these Islamists are murdering civilians, and in places like Tel Aviv and tourist resorts in Egypt. Jordan and Lebanon are discovering further plots against them, too, for not toeing the radical Islamist way.

To not confront this fascism with "religious" face is to be left with only three choices ...

Convert, submit or die.

I will see the movie and I hope you do, too.

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Posted by Darleen at April 27, 2006 12:27 PM


- Well of course, when you're in company with a gaggle of misfits and idiotarians that have labored long and hard to pretend we still live in a 9/10 world, this sort of cold water wakeup call drenching can really pee in your metro-political cornflakes. Who the hell wants to be reminded about that annoying sound of approaching footsteps, when you've entrenched yourself in a cowardice cover story of Dhmmitude, and "caring", and live in constant fear of that terrifying word "draft".

Posted by: Big Bang Hunter at April 27, 2006 03:32 PM

They're not fascists. Fascists worship the State, Muslims don't. Muslims do not consider the State absolute. Only Allah is absolute.

[Which, theologically, isn't too much different from what Christians and Jews believe].

An unfortunate corollary to Muslim beliefs is the idea that Church and State should be somehow united.

Most Muslims in the Middle East don't believe in the separation of church and state.

It's true they don't like our freedoms, but the reason Islamic fanatics engage in terrorism is pretty simple; to drive the US and its allies out of the Middle East.

They want to destroy Israel too, but that's only because of Zionist-style policies that are seen as responsible for the oppression of the Palestinians.

Most terrorsts have no interest in foreign conquest.

At least based on what I've read about the Middle East.

What's necessary to reduce terrorism in the West, is to stop treating Israel as if it were the 51st State and also to reach some sort of energy independence.

Posted by: Carl W. Goss at May 1, 2006 02:38 PM