Sunday, September 10, 2006

"We're Not Ready To Die"

At the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the government's exhibits was a recording of a call to 911 from Kevin Cosgrove, an employee of Aon who was trapped on the 105th floor of the south WTC tower. Recently, the government made the tape available to the public. It is synchronized with a video of the south tower as it appeared during the call.

Be forewarned that this is extremely disturbing, and not something you'll soon forget. It affected me deeply. But I think it's important to watch if we're to understand fully the nature and capability of evil. The link is here.

I was in New York on 9/11, and had previously worked at a firm that was one of the largest WTC tenants. I was not close friends with anyone who died, but I knew several of them, including a fraternity brother from college. I remember having two thoughts on 9/11: we have to get the bastards who did this, and we can't let them succeed by making us afraid. Five years on, we know how the former has worked out while we've been bogged down in Iraq. And in light of the divisive and desperate demagoguery we've heard especially during the past few weeks (with worse to come if this is correct), how are we doing on the latter?


Anonymous John Thullen said...

"with worse to come if this is correct."

Yes. But what is it about Sullivan noticing Rove's demagogic behavior after nurturing it on his blog for the first four (approximate) years of this century that gives him the credibility to ride through the countryside warning US about it now?

Paul Revere came and went a long time ago.

If Rove gave Sullivan a private account in place of Social Security
and agreed to be the best man at his wedding, they'd be broadcasting from the same cave.

9/10/2006 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Antonie said...

This video is heartbreaking. Did the members of our administration watch it? Did Rove watch it? Do they still not care where OBL is hiding? If they don't, they don't care about this country.

I knew three people at Aon who died that day.

9/10/2006 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devastating to watch.

9/10/2006 11:37 AM  
Anonymous nyhmr said...

The sad part about these past 6 years is that their is no one who is trying to check all these abuses of power. We are supposed to have a system of checks and balances and it is not working.

Is Karl Rove like J. Edgar Hoover and Darryl Gates who had the dirt on everyone and held it over their heads in case anyone tried to speak out?

9/10/2006 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

antonie--are you crazy? do you think rove cares about this country? do you think the bush gang cares about anything but power?

9/10/2006 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether you like it or not, Bush & Co. do care about this country. They think anyone on the other is either an ignoramus or a traitor. Unfortunately, those on the other side think the same way too. Flinging around demagoguery is quite frankly, pathetically ineffective. I should so know, I’m just one of you too.

9/10/2006 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, bush doesn't care about this country. he may think he does, but you cannot disregard the constitution, use a war for partisan gain, not plan for a post-war period, mock and DENY the service of men who have fought for this country--max cleland, john kerry--and truly love this country. he "loves" america the way an abusive husband "loves" his wife. he may think he loves her, but it ain't love. he's trying to control his fantasy at all costs. I'll give you this, though, I'll bet he loves the people of his social caste, the ones who helped make him what he is now--someone incapable of seeing his biggest mistakes and correcting for them. and I never called anyone an ignoramus or a traitor, so I hope you're not projecting onto me. thanks.

9/10/2006 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

moving piece TCR. May all those who Perished on that day Rest In Peace. And May their families find and sustain strength to live on.


9/10/2006 10:44 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Canadians (NATO) are fighting the (resurgent) bastards who did this.

9/10/2006 11:42 PM  
Blogger DED said...

RE: Rove's purported strategy. I'm not sure that it'll work this time. I think that the tide has turned and that the majority of people will see through it.

But I could be wrong.

I they'll ask, "It's been 5 years. Why haven't we caught Osama?"

9/11/2006 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The prospect of death's imminent arrival - especially when unexpected - sends most people through the 6 phases of grief (for themselves) in a rapid jumble.

Don't fault the gentleman for having that exposed publicly with a stranger on the phone. We'll all go through it, with different timetables and different environments and usually the ability to control where those emotions are channeled.

Consider that some people spend their entire lives working thorugh those phases for an end perhaps 70 years ahead. Who then causes more harm - the man bargaining and angry with the 911 operator for 4 minutes or the one bargaining with God and angry with the gays or illegal immigrants for their unfulfilled life?

9/11/2006 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if anyone running psyops is about, you're overdoing the tapes...

9/12/2006 12:54 AM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Figured out who the bastards were who did it yet, C.R.?

9/25/2006 12:01 AM  
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