The last time I entered the Twin Towers

Twelve years and one day ago, this was the last thing I saw after work as I went to catch a train home.


Really. This is how it looked. I worked across the street. I had to use the World Trade Center station to get home.

Every adult knows where they were 12 years ago today, when the nightmare began. But some of us remember where we were 12 years and one day ago, because we spent our working days in or near these buildings.

But we have to remember the stories of the people who were in the buildings that day:

And those of us who spent years of our working lives there realize that a minor change in our schedules … an earlier arrival at work … could have meant that we wouldn’t be here now, remembering the most horrible day of our lives.


The war in Iraq: We were warned.

The Iraq War began 10 years ago amid overwhelming support among the chattering classes and a major portion of the American population. But let’s remember that some people were pointing out that the idea of even considering an attack on Iraq was a mistake:

TMW9-11-02color-copyThat’s from Tom Tomorrow on Sept. 11 2002, one year after the terrorist attacks on America (which didn’t involve anyone from Iraq) and six months before the war started (in Iraq).

Terrorist watch

Mahmoud Amadinejad, the president of Iran, went to the U.N. recently and spouted out his usual nonsense that the U.S. was secretly behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Here’s how ridiculous that conspiracy theory is. Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the 9/11 plot, says he’s an idiot:

The latest issue of the terrorist group’s English-language magazine Inspire, quoted in the Iranian media (via The Guardian), says:

“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al-Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government,” the article said, according to Iranian media. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”

So wrapping this up: Mahmoud Amadinejad is being called an idiot by al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda has a magazine.

Stranger in paradise

This should be a story in The Onion. But it really happened (from CBS News):

A Pennsylvania school district has decided not to stage a Tony Award-winning musical about a Muslim street poet after community members complained about the timing so soon after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Richland School District in Johnstown had planned to stage “Kismet” in February, but Superintendent Thomas Fleming said Tuesday that it was scrapped to avoid controversy.

“We’re not saying there’s anything bad about the musical. We may potentially produce it in the future,” Fleming told The Associated Press. The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown first reported on the district’s decision.

Music director Scott Miller said the district, not far from where hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, last performed “Kismet” in 1983 — to sold-out audiences.

As the story points out, “Kismet” won the Tony Award for best musical in 1954, and a year later, it was a movie starring Howard Keel.

The Sept. 11 connection? There isn’t one. But since it’s a musical about a poet in Baghdad set a thousand years ago, some parents complained. A reminder: Baghdad is in Iraq, and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

As a matter of principle, here’s the trailer from “Kismet”:

So let’s see if we’ve got this right. If the high school puts on this play, the terrorists have won?

Next thing you know, they’re going to ban this:

(Yes, Jeannie was an Arab.)