Rick Rescorla, Neil Roberts, J.P. Blecksmith and Other Heros
Keep scrolliong for one of the most carefully prepared online memorials of the day.
UPDATE: Matt at Blackfive is also thinking about Rick Rescorla today. When two of the country’s leading milbloggers are both honoring an important anniversary by reference to the same individal, that’s an excellent pointer for all of us civilians.
UPDATE 2: Remembering 9/11 also means remembering the men and women of the American military who have been bringing justice to the perpetrators of that day and defending the U.S. from a repeat of that massacre. One reminder of their heroism from the first year of the war, the famous “Never bring a boxcutter to a jihad” e-mail honoring Navy SEAL Neil Roberts, killed in action in Afghanistan hunting the killers of 9/11.
And here’s the memorial to USMC Lt. J.P. Blecksmith, killed in the battle of Fallujah, 11/11/04.
This is a battle of good versus evil. It is a battle of the humane against the inhuman. It is a battle to determine what civilization will look like in fifty years. We, and our institutions, must be determined enough, and agile enough to win.
Consider on this anniversary joining SoldiersAngels as a tribute both to the victims of 9/11 and to the troops bringing justice to their killers and security to all Americans.
On the day of the fifth anniversary of the 9-11 attack, Coalition forces score a high value target in Afghanistan. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the commander of Hezb-i-Islami and ally of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, has been captured during a joint U.S. and Afghan Army raid in “eastern Afghanistan.” Hekmatyar, contrary to his rhetoric gave up to the Coalition forces without a fight. Hekmatyar’s arrest is said to be part of an ‘ongoing operation.’
Hekmatyar has been designated by the U.S. Department of State as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist “ and “has participated in and supported terrorist acts committed by al-Qa’ida and the Taliban.” The 9-11 Commision report indicates Osama bin Laden kept lines of communication open with Hekmatyar. “bin Laden apparently kept his option open, maintaining contacts with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who, though an Islamic extremist, was also one of the Taliban’s most militant opponents,” states the report.