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Ben Franklin's bifocals Thursday, July 3, 2008

Gettysburg - Little Roundtop

Gettysburg - Slaughter Pen
[1863 - Union troops repel assault on Cemetery Ridge during third day of Battle of Gettysburg]

Songwriter George M. Cohan George M. Cohan's Over There
[1878 - George M. Cohan, playwright, songwriter, producer, born in Providence, Rhode Island]

Writer Franz Kafka
[1883 - Franz Kafka, author, born in Prague, now Czech Republic]

Acadamy Award-winning Actor George Sanders
[1906 - George Sanders, Academy Award-winning actor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia]

Actress Susan Peters
[1921 - Susan Peters (Suzanne Carnahan), actress, born in Spokane, Washington]

Singer Laura Branigan
[1952 - Laura Branigan, singer, born in Mount Kisco, New York]

9-11 Changed Nothing

Our political establishment adopted the mantra of, "9-11 Changed Everything" as if it were sufficient justification for an unprecedented invasion of Iraq, a terrible human rights record, impotence in dealing with ongoing genocide in Africa, vast expansion of the federal bureaucracy, and engorgement of prior corporate employers and cronies.

The tragedy of 9-11 changed nothing in reality; only our perceptions were altered. Assassins have always walked among us, or lurked just outside our gates. Our greatest President was taken by one. In william's lifetime another President (who may have ranked among the greatest) was cut down in his prime by a terrorist attack. These were domestic terrorists, just as were those who brought down a federal building in Oklahoma City with great loss of innocent American lives.

Foreign terrorists filled with hate have descended on great civilizations throughout history. Rome was sacked by barbarians with untold loss of civilian life. We ourselves used terrorist weapons of mass destruction to bring Japan to its knees in WW-II. So why do we say 9-11 changed everything? Is it because it has always happened to the other guys before? Is it that we were exposed to the horrifying pictures live in our living rooms, and then over and over again in replay? Or could it be that we were just scared spitless?

Nagasaki A-Bomb Hiroshima 1945 Devastation WTC after terrorist attack

William's Whimsical Words:

Mourn the dead of 9-11, and do not dishonor them by seeking indiscriminate revenge, or turning this Great Nation into a hollow mockery of its former self.

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