9/11 commissions and books and politicking
: I haven’t said much about the current blame game going on over September 11th in books, hearings, and political speeches.
The terrorists came within a matter of yards of killing me.
But I don’t blame the Bush or Clinton administrations for that. I blame the terrorists.
Could we have stopped them? Only with some damned lucky breaks. We can’t make believe that any system would have guaranteed catching them before the act.
For we have to remember that these are pathologically insane and evil beasts and it’s impossible to guess how low they will stoop.
If we were lucky enough to have intelligence inside their devil’s cult, then, yes, we might have foiled their plot. But that’s obviously hard to do.
If we were lucky enough to have stopped one of them for speeding and locked them up, then we might have foiled their plot. But that’s like counting on a lottery ticket.
What matters now is learning the lessons we can learn — and to that extent, the hearings are valuable — to protect us as best we can.
But I find the blame game going on now unseemly and divisive and unproductive and distracting and just a little bit tasteless.
I saw people die that day not because of anything we didn’t do but because of what a bunch of soulless murderers did do. Let’s never forget that.
It’s us against them, not us against us.