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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2002
"It takes but one to make a war, not two, and those who do not take up swords can still die upon them."
-J.R.R. Tolkien

posted by Rachel 9/11/2002
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"The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them."
-Lois McMaster Bujold

posted by Rachel 9/11/2002
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Andrew Sullivan has a lot to say.
"And most of us know that there is no moving on from September 11. It wasn't a random tragedy for which grief is a slow-acting salve. It was a massacre - a cold-blooded, fanatical murder of civilians by men possessed by a theocratic ideology. It was an invasion - the violation of sovereign American soil, the erasure of a visible monument to American success and energy and civilization. It was a crime - the filling of the air of a great city with the irradiated dust of innocent human lives. It was a statement - that radical Islam intends to attack and destroy the very principles of the Enlightenment that underpin the American experiment - freedom of religion, of conscience, toleration and secularism. The appropriate response to this act of nihilism and evil is therefore not grief or remembrance or sadness or reflection, although each of those has its place. The appropriate response is rage."
posted by Rachel 9/11/2002
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I was sitting out on the porch just now. Two little kids just ran past singing America the Beautiful. I came inside and realized that they were singing the same song live from Ground Zero on the TV.
posted by Rachel 9/11/2002
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"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."- George Orwell

"As UPI’s James Robbins wrote, ‘The Era of Osama lasted about an hour and half or so, from the time the first plane hit the tower to the moment the General Militia of Flight 93 reported for duty."
When I read that it gave me a chill. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety and that of your loved ones. Ideally, society employs those rough men so that Joe Schmoe won’t have to put his life on the line. Alas, that doesn't work against an enemy who targets civilians within our own borders. If nothing else can convince you that we are at war that should do it. It could have been you it could have been me. It would not have mattered at all to them if it had been us. You, dear reader, may become the militia of sheer necessity. Mothers in Israel shoot suicide bombers in supermarkets. People shield their loved ones with their own bodies. “The Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense.” -U.S. v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939) US Supreme Court "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people" Said George Mason during a convention to ratify the constitution.

Goofy-ass nutjobs have hijacked the term militia. It has connotations of paranoia and racism now. That is unfortunate because the term describes something very important in the character of this country. We are all participants. We are all responsible for the preservation of this delightful experiment in civilization, we reap the benefits. When the shit hits the fan we hope that the police or the army or the national guard will be there. We the people employ them to be willing and trained to undertake our defense. However they cannot and will not be everywhere. Ultimately the citizens of this country are the last line of defense.

posted by Rachel 9/11/2002
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