Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Today is the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, in which three thousand people perished in flame. Judging from the many hostile e-mails I received to my blog post about visiting La Cambe, many people will be spending a portion of the day in quiet commemoration of those nineteen terrorists who made the ultimate sacrifice for a cause they believed in. After all, they must say, in order to be consistent, who are we to say that what they did is wrong?



Graham Broad said...

This early update brought to you by a profound contempt for hypocrisy.

JapanDave said...

Ah, moral relativism... It is interesting how simply because something occurred in the past people think it is impossible to pass judgement on that event. As you know, I visited that same cemetery and felt the same conflicion (it is worth noting I did not feel this way in German WWI cemeteries). I read Jean Jacques Fouchae's Massacre at Oradour years ago, and the images have stayed with me. And millions of people suffered a similar fate across Russia and Europe. So, judge away. Spit on their graves. It is just a minor symbolic gesture of the contempt they deserve. And the men who devised Oradour and other massacres deserve contempt as much, if not more so, than the 9/11 terrorists.