Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine
hannibalv

September 11, 2001

"You wanna get Capone? Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way. And that's how you get Capone!"

-Jack Malone (Sean Connery), from The Untouchables (1987).

Those are the words that have been ringing in my ears all day. I'm not sure if I really agree with them or not.

Random notes:

I have often wondered, in the past, just what would have to happen to actually get an "extra" edition of a newspaper printed. Y'know, like you'd see in old movies, with kids standing on streetcorners yelling "Wuxtry! Wuxtry!" I found out today.

Today was a Michael Bay movie. Everyone is comparing this to Pearl Harbor, with more or less good reason, but I'm also reminded of "Armageddon"-indeed, the image of the WTC towers after the crashes (which was the first video I saw this morning) looked almost directly taken from the aftermath of the first small meteor strikes in "Armageddon", which included a shot of the WTC towers with large chunks taken out of them.

I found out about the whole thing, by the way, when a friend of mine called the house to ask if I was up and watching. I wasn't, but P, who took the call, called up and told me to turn on the TV. I did, not long after the second plane impact. And the rest is infamy.

For those who were in attendance September 2-I read in an unrelated e-mail not longer after the attack that the Department of Defense thought so highly of "Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear" they're licensing the game engine for use training small-unit soldiers.

Big thanks to Aaron Barnhart, whose TV Barn was an excellent source for "coverage of the coverage", so to speak.

I, personally, think that except for his use of the word "folks" in his initial public comments on the story, President Bush has handled things very well (and even that is possible to justify-he could, conceivably, be unwilling to refer to the beings that did this as "people", thinking them perhaps subhuman). I have heard tell of Americans who were greatly moved by British Prime Minister Tony Blair's words, and while, yes, he is a more capable speaker than President Bush, and his words were more stirring, Mr. Blair was able to deal with this at a distance-the events transpiring we not, in fact, happening in his country, and were, indeed, an ocean away. Mr. Blair did not have the same personal security concerns as President Bush, and he was not actually trying to coordinate the response.

I do feel a little odd defending President Bush, as I've been a vocal critic in the past. But he is the President now, like it or not, and, as such, he is the man in charge of it all. The old saying goes "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them". Greatness is currently being thrust at President Bush. His life and his place in history will depend on how he deals with it.

Early in the day, I was greatly concerned that there would be a declaration of war and the draft would be reinstated and I'd find myself in fatigues by the end of the week. Now, I'm an almost-guaranteed 4-F-I'm colorblind, I'm almost totally blind without my glasses, I've got a bum knee and ankle, and let's not forget to mention that I carry an extra 12-year-old with me-but I was still afraid. As time passed, I realized one of the things I was afraid of was that I'd be drafted and sent into infantry instead of somewhere that my (not insignificant-dammit, I've got a great big brain) skills would be better put to use. And I would go, as would (I think) most everyone in my age group. This isn't Vietnam, I don't think there would be a great divide about fighting-it IS a lot more like Pearl Harbor in that way-just a lot of young, angry people looking for something to punch and/or shoot.

I tried to donate blood after I got off of work (which was early, and indeed, I could have left as soon as I walked in without it being held against me), but I was turned away-my usual donation location was only taking people with O-Negative blood today, and as an O-Pos, I was, for now, unwanted.

All the attention has been focusing on finding Osama bin Laden (though we can't, obviously, be sure it was him), but there's one name/government I haven't seen any kind of comment from, even to decry the attacks-where's China? I'm not trying to start some kind of scare-indeed, it doesn't at all seem their style-but it's just something to consider.

Whoever is ultimately found to be responsible will, and should, have their name become as dirty a word as "Hitler".

I spent most of my time watching ABC News, for what it's worth. Because A) they didn't give the events a name (e.g. "Terror In America", "Attack On America", etc), and B) Their reception was coming in clearest. Though points go to Spanish-language Univision, for their title "¡Bajo Ataque!", which translates primarily as "Under Attack!", but could also (according to my handheld pocket translator) be translated as "Low Attack!", which I think also works quite well ("Low" in this case falling into the 9th definition listed for the adjective form in Merriam-Webster, meaning "base".)

Comics fans: what would the JLA do in this situation? And what would The Authority do differently?

Confidential to Paul Tagliabue: the games should go on. When your predecessor declared that games would go on November 25, 1963, while it was a controversial and derided decision, it helped begin the healing process. Please, Mr. Commissioner, have the strength to do the same thing.

And here I was thinking that today's writing would just be me talking more about the navel-contemplation I started yesterday, plus a small hurrah that this is my 100th consecutive day of posting entries. Instead, I'm actually mentioning that what you see below is the first time I've felt a need to do an actual, in-day extra entry, even if it was just an expression of disbelief.

Today's Link Of The Day is something I 'm posting to counter the rage obvious in my Untouchables quote at the top. The Chairman of the Socialist Party of the US has posted some fine, well-thought comments on the front page of their website. Check it out, then try to rest: http://sp-usa.org/
JHR
9/12/2001 2:35 AM
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