Mark Steyn: From ‘Let’s roll’ to ‘Let’s roll over’

Mark Steyn
The Orange County Register

…What of the 23rd Psalm? It was recited by Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer and the telephone operator Lisa Jefferson in the final moments of his life before he cried “Let’s roll!” and rushed the hijackers.

No, sorry. Aside from firemen, Mayor Bloomberg’s official commemoration hasn’t got any room for clergy, either, what with all Executive Deputy Assistant Directors of Healing and Outreach who’ll be there. One reason why there’s so little room at Ground Zero is because it’s still a building site. As I write in my new book, 9/11 was something America’s enemies did to us; the 10-year hole is something we did to ourselves – and, in its way, the interminable bureaucratic sloth is surely as eloquent as anything Nanny Bloomberg will say in his remarks.

In Shanksville, Pa., the zoning and permitting processes are presumably less arthritic than in Lower Manhattan, but the Flight 93 memorial has still not been completed. There were objections to the proposed “Crescent of Embrace” on the grounds that it looked like an Islamic crescent pointing towards Mecca. The defense of its designers was that, au contraire, it’s just the usual touchy-feely huggy-weepy pansy-wimpy multiculti effete healing diversity mush. It doesn’t really matter which of these interpretations is correct, since neither of them has anything to do with what the passengers of Flight 93 actually did a decade ago. 9/11 was both Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle Raid rolled into one, and the fourth flight was the only good news of the day, when citizen volunteers formed themselves into an ad hoc militia and denied Osama bin Laden what might have been his most spectacular victory. A few brave individuals figured out what was going on and pushed back within half-an-hour. But we can’t memorialize their sacrifice within a decade. And when the architect gets the memorial brief, he naturally assumes there’s been a typing error and that “Let’s roll!” should really be “Let’s roll over!”…

Read the entire article at The Orange County Register.

H/T Kathy Shaidle, Five Feet of Fury.

Kathy, Blazing Cat Fur, Ezra Levant and other Candians will be in New York this weekend to attend the memorial event organized by Pamela Geller. Ms. Shaidle has written a particularly intense and gritty post today, If you are reading this, we are in New York City. It’s terrible and wrenching, but we implore you to read it and to watch the videos she has posted. We must never, never forget 11 September 2001 nor all who were murdered that day.

Update: More about the Crescent memorial in Shanksville, via Gulag Bound.

Update 2: Muslim consultants LIED to Park Service about the Crescent of Embrace memorial.

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