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What The Heroes of Flight 93 Could Teach Obama If They Sat Together On a Plane

November 13, 2009

Eight years ago, a young father boarded United Flight 93, waving good-bye to his two sons and lovely pregnant wife, Lisa.  Shortly after the plane took off, three radical Islamic Jihadists hijacked Todd Beamer’s plane and forced the passengers to the back of the aircraft.  Phone calls made to family told of the horror in New York and Washington D.C.  The stewardess, the businessmen, the young girl all looked at each other. They knew they were being flown to a high-profile destination and would plunge to their deaths, killing everyone in their path.

The seamless movement by which the group passed from grasping their peril to declaring their independence is breathtaking. They wasted no time hoping for another reality, they did not lie to themselves. They accepted that, if they did not resist with the very core of their being, they and many others would perish.  So they fought and saved, perhaps, thousands of lives, though they themselves did die.  Todd Beamer, who never lived to hold his baby girl, breathed the Counter-Terror battle cry of 9-11 America, “Let’s Roll.”

On November 5, another Radical Jihadist, Nidal Malik Hasan, hijacked Ft. Hood Military Base and slaughtered fourteen Soldiers and an unborn baby, while wounding thirty others. Every American knew the truth the moment they heard that a man yelling “Allahu Akbar” had opened fire on fellow soldiers, the man was an Islamic Terrorist and this was 9-11.

Instead of an immediate reaction from the White House and Homeland Security, at the very least some assurance that a plan was ready to go into effect the second absolute confirmation of Jihad was obtained, the Presidential message was to “not rush to judgment.”Jake Tapper, during an exclusive interview on ABC World News Tonight finally asked the crucial question:

Asked what philosophically separates an act of violence from an act of terrorism, the president said, “I think the questions that we’re asking now and we don’t have yet complete answers to is, is this an individual who’s acting in this way or is it some larger set of actors? You know, what are the motivations? Those are all questions that I think we have to ask ourselves. Until we have these answers buttoned down, I’d rather not comment on it.”

He later confused the issue by stating, contrary to evidence sitting before him during the Ft. Hood Memoral Service,

“No religion justifies this.”

Today the President saunters off to Asia, leaving nothing of the Ft. Hood Terrorist Attack except national confusion and the guarantee of more violence.

President Obama sat for one moment on that plane with Todd Beamer, poised for an instant in that balance of crisis that reveals our ability to leave the comfort of the back of the plane as a prisoner, and surge to the cockpit as a warrior. The President had, like Todd, a split second to choose between nurturing an illusion and decisively reacting to reality.  Todd Beamer left the President and their shared moment of truth.  He rushed forward and gave America the example and motto that lifted us for eight years of War on Terror.

The President watched Todd go.  He could have joined the huddle of American heroes and calmly acknowledged the truth of our danger.  He could have articulated a real plan that would land a victory for those who looked to him for leadership.  But, acting in the “Todd Moment” means passionately risking everything for that which is greater than self.  Barack Obama hesitated a moment, then another, and finally let Todd roll alone.  He stretched back in his seat in the descending plane… and hoped.

  1. In the Know permalink
    November 13, 2009 6:13 am

    Nothing. Obama does not suffer from a lack of information. He either shares their ideology (which I doubt) or is such a demagogue that not even reality can sway his intentions (which I don’t doubt). He is the captain of the Titanic in his own mind, and he knows it’s unsinkable.

  2. John Davidson permalink
    November 13, 2009 7:53 am

    20 years of Chicago politics has filled his brain to capacity and it drains out too slowly in every speech leaving us all little hope for any space for logical thoughts to intervene and save this country’s future.

  3. November 13, 2009 8:33 am

    So Obama is saying that it’s only terrorism if the act is orchestrated by more than one person but if one person acts alone it isn’t terrorism?

    Seems like he’s mistaken the real difference. More than one perpetrator would be a conspiracy to commit terrorism. Someone can commit terrorism all by them selves just fine.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 14, 2009 10:13 am

      I don’t know what they are teaching at Havard, do you?

  4. jschau permalink
    November 13, 2009 9:33 am

    You absolutely nailed it. Great post. Obama stands for nothing. His intentions are to weaken us and tear us down, not to defend us and build us up. Obama believes we need to be lessened – dumbed down, debased and demeaned – to be like the rest of the world. Nauseating.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 14, 2009 10:15 am

      Oboma is just a spokesman, isn’t that quite obvious. For who, is becoming quite frightening for all of us.

  5. November 13, 2009 11:38 am

    The tactic the administration is trying is a bastard step-child of one that actually has worked with other terrorist threats in the world.

    The idea is to remove the “holy” glow from the killers. Instead ALL activity by the “religious” terrorists is stripped of its sacred meaning and treated like a common crime. It can be VERY effective in slowing the momentum of violence and starving a group of their support in the population.

    The problem with Obama using it is that the mainstream clergy of the terrorists’ religion have to be on board 100%. Given that this is NOT the case with “moderate” Muslim voices (not yet, that may be changing) like CAIR, and the MSA, the tactic only gives Islamists freedom to expand at will, while turning trials into circuses.

    More pressure needs to be put on the mainstream Muslim community to declare their side in this battle. One effective tactic has been the FBI’s charging of people for lying to them even if the person doesn’t have sensitive information. Even CAIR has come out to recommend Muslims do not lie to the Feds.

    The wall of solidarity is still high however, and very solid. The good news is that the too solid wall seems to be cracking.

    We need everyone to work to turn those cracks into gaping holes. THEN we can recognize the “Western” version of Islam as the “Legitimate” one instead of just pretending such a version exists.

    • peachey permalink
      November 14, 2009 10:36 am

      The difficulty that I have with CAIR is that they employ and embrace radicals and at the same time refer to themselves as the voice of moderation. They themselves state that the belief in the “whole of Islam” is their basic tennant. If this is the case then they also agree with Hassan’s belief and would approve of his appoach. I believe that they take a political position so that they can continue their support of the growth of Islam in the US by whatever means. I look at their deeds, not just what they parrot to remove a spotlight from their beliefs. Islam is Islam. The very core of Islam is the Koran and haddiths. If you believe in the “whole” then you accept the entire philosophy of “kill the unbelievers no matter where you find them”. It is difficult for us to believe that an entire “religion” could be focused on killing just because a Muslim book dictates this. We were a culture of life and once treasured life. Islam is a religion with a political system and culture based on death. Life has no value to them. The only reward they will ever receive is based on forced spread of Islam and the “possible” reward after death if their deeds meet up to Mohammed’s criteria. This is a belief that most of us can not wrap our brains around because it makes no sense. Regardless of our need to believe that there are moderate Muslims, if you are raised memorizing and repeating the words of the Koran, I find it impossible to accept that there are moderate Muslims that disagree with Hassan’s actions. If they define themselves as moderate and do not accept the killing of non-Muslims, then they do not believe in the words of the Koran and are also defined as infidels. A curious position to be in. You would have those Muslims living in the West establish a westernized version of Islam that eliminates the violent anti-societal verses of the Koran. This will never happen due to the fact that Muslims believe that the Koran is the only true direct word of god.This is the only version that a Muslim will ever accept. Distorting or rewriting the Koran into a Western version would create a level of violence that we could never anticipate.

      • November 16, 2009 1:22 pm

        Not really. The Quran itself is much like the Bible in that once you discard the doctrine of abrogation it is possible to use it to construct and back up a fairly decent theology. This is similar to how both Judaism and Christianity have chosen to move beyond certain OT attitudes despite a clear scriptural basis.

        The problem with Islam is mainly the Shari’a and the ahadith. The collection of the tales of the big M’s life and acts was compiled long after his death (MUCH longer than the gap between Jesus and his earliest gospel.) The Shari’a is based as much in the perversions and crimes recorded in the ahadith than the actual Muslim “Bible” the Quran.

        The keys to reforming Islam are rejecting Shari’a and rejecting abrogation; which is the practice of discarding any verse written earlier if it contradicts one that came later. Since all the peaceful stuff is concentrated in the earliest parts and the violence in the latter part of the Quran the present doctrine creates a barrier to reform. (Note: early or late refers t when a verse was “revealed’, not to its order in the book. The Quran is VERY random in sequence and excruciatingly repetitive.

        Anyone who doubts that it is possible to reform Islam needs to go and read up on the horrific violence and slaughter of innocents by both Catholics and Protestants when the “Reformation” got into full swing. Clergy on both sides righteously led their flocks to slaughter men, women and babies in the name of God and Jesus.

        Isn’t it interesting how much time we spend thinking about how Christians treat non-Christians and visa versa, but very little remembering how Christians have treated each other?

    • November 14, 2009 2:16 pm

      There is no mainstream muslim community differing from an extreme muslim community. ALL muslims are the same. To be a muslim leaves no room for manoeuvre. The Koran cannot lie, cannot be modified, cannot be ignored. QED

    • November 15, 2009 6:33 pm

      Mr. DeWhitney–
      Malanie Philips would probably agree that Islam is Islam. There is no “Western” non-jihadi version because the foundational texts are set in stone. There may be Westernized Muslims but no brand or version of Westernized and therefore moderate Islam. A kinder, gentler, reformed Islam does not exist–kinder, gentler Muslims perhaps but not Islam.

      • November 16, 2009 1:53 pm

        Then what mosque pray tell, did the Muslim who stood and challenged Hasan’s “medical” presentation attend?

        There are many Western Muslims who preach a non Jihadist version. Many are actually ignorant of the nastier parts of Shari’a etc. There are many Muslims in America who are honestly insulted at some things they hear because they do NOT hear them in their mosque.

        It must be said however, that many of these same Muslims do not speak out and when they do their voice is drowned out by the pretend moderates.

        The PROBLEM is that all too many Muslims, especially any that are in the Saudi financed web, the “authorities”; the Popes, Patriarchs and Billy Grahams of Islam, do NOT accept the reformed view and are fighting tooth and nail, literally to prevent it.

        Ask yourself how a religion that had priests celebrating something like the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre only a few hundred years ago became a modern religion of Peace, and you will see how Islam too can be reformed.

        The Quran is not the problem, it is the Shari’a and “life and sayings of Mohammed” that cause the difficulty. Dump abrogation and Shari’a and the rest follows naturally. There are movements aiming at just that within Islam. They should be getting a LOT of support.

        The main sect of Islam that follows a “normal” religious path are the Ahmadiyya. They are persecuted and killed all over the Islamic world for their “heretical” modern views but their ideas resonate and they will not go away!

        Even Wafa Sultan, who is on record as not believing Islam can reform in our lifetime, feels that this sect should get all the support possible as a part of the fight for that eventual reform.

        Is reforming Islam easy? No. Likely to happen tomorrow? No. Possible? Oh yes. Desirable? Given that the alternative is a genocidal war on BOTH sides I would say so!!!

  6. Bob permalink
    November 14, 2009 8:03 am

    I never knew until I read this that Obama was on flight 93. The main stream media is obviously doing it’s best to hide his cowardly actions that day from the public.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 16, 2009 8:53 am

      Pardon my ad hominem, there is no other way to say this; you sir, are an idiot. An idiot because you clearly chose not read the article, or, you did not comprehend it. Either way, you sir, are an idiot.

  7. Ronald Corbett permalink
    November 14, 2009 9:05 am

    Jeanette, this incredible article tore into my heart. I just saw a series of comments about Obama not giving a civilial salute during the performance of The Star Spangled Banner. I shudder for my country.

  8. Neither permalink
    November 14, 2009 9:29 am

    When asked after the election, Obama voters had no clue to who the VP was. They voted for change, How’s that workin out for ya!! They think they are going to get free health care, REALLY. Well Barry ol boy, enjoy Asia, you are really enjoying giving away our country. I sit close to the border, watching illegals come in. Terrorists, yep, economical ones. Time we elect an AMERICAN for America, not some wishy washy Chicago Politician.

  9. November 14, 2009 9:30 am

    Obama is claiming the actions by Major Hasan, a worrior for Allah cannot be considered an act of terrorism since Major Hasan acted alone. That reasoning is so clueless. Does Obama then consider a Jihadist Suicide bomber that acts alone to also not be a terrorist act? Obama was all over the Middle east giving his apologies to millions of muslims. Will Obama soon apologize to the millions of Americans for his foolish conclusions? I doubt that he will. I know he won’t. Deep inside Obama feels no sorrow for those soldiers that died at Fort Hood. Obama hates the military just as Bill Clinton did. Its a shame we have a traitor as president of the United States. America has fallen to a new low.


  10. peachey permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:44 am

    Did you find his body language and voice during the eulogyat Ft. Hood interesting? He was devoid of emotion and his body language was detached from the words. It gave me the creeps. He was not on the campaign trail and had to face real people, during a real tragedy and was unable to muster the emotional turmoil that you or I would feel. This is an insight into who Obama is. It is also an insight into his feelings about our military men and women.

  11. Tom permalink
    November 14, 2009 12:48 pm

    No matter what his location is, BS O is still campaigning. Only this time he is trying to get the Islamic backing of this country. In ten years the Islamic belief individuals will have enough adults to win an election.

  12. November 14, 2009 6:44 pm

    peachey, yes I noticed Obama’s body language. Obama was there because it made for a good photo-op. On his trip to Asia, Obama stopped off at the Air force base and spoke to the troops. Praising them for their service to their country. Unfortunately Obama continues to stall on any decisions concerning Afghanistan. Thousands of American soldiers in harms way in fox holes in Afghanistan, that are looking for some clear direction from their leader. They won’t soon get one. This weekend, the Socialist Obama is in Asia. Once again he was caught bowing to the Japanese emperor. Thats such a total disgrace to the position that Obama holds. Obama refused to comment when asked what he thought about the United States dropping the bomb on Heroshima and Nagasaki. Remember Obama is an apologist. In his mind, America committed atrosities. I would expect another apology shortly. Will Obama expect an apology from the Japanese for the Bataan Death March? Im not holding my breath.


  13. Elaine B permalink
    November 15, 2009 7:40 pm

    I sincerely doubt that if Obama had sat down with the people on Flight 93 he would have come away with anything but derision for them as he has absolutely no concept of what honor, courage and truth are and certainly would not have been one who stepped up to the plate to try to take down these monsters. In fact, he probably would have hidden out in the lavatory, praying to Allah to save him.


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