Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11 in Memoriam

It was a somber morning, for me at least, and we prayed for those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, and continue to do so. I'll spare you my thoughts on the matter but Lincoln's words seem appropriate, via LL:

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Amen to that.



LL said...

If we lived in an Islamic theocracy, the government would be of the Imam, by the Imam and for the Imam.

That's the difference.

Anonymous said...

September 12 seems a great, and often missed opportunity for celebration of one of the great victories that saved Western civilization from Islamist encroachments: the breaking of the Siege of Vienna in 1683, with what was perhaps the largest cavalry charge in history: 18,000 (or more) horsemen, led by Polish King Jan Sobieski III, sweeping away the Ottoman Turks, who were on the verge of breaching the city's walls. The Wikipedia article on the Battle of Vienna has a thumbnail and link to an inspiring painting by Juliusz Kossak of King Jan blessing his troops before battle.

Cold Steel has lately come out with a functional reproduction Polish Szabla (saber) intended, if memory serves, as a rough equivalent of the Polish 17th-Century cavalry weapon.

We may celebrate the day with croissants (the origin of which is attributed by some to Viennese celebrations of this victory) and a plate of pierogi.

LSP said...

That's a very helpful reminder.

LSP said...

And let's not forget the meteor.