Sunday, September 11, 2011

The War on Terror: 10 Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today, more than a dozen people, divided among four teams, hijacked airliners. One team flew into the Pentagon. Another team probably crashed, rather than allow their victims to retake the airliner. The two remaining teams flew their hijacked planes into New York City's World Trade Center.

Murder is Not Nice

The hijackers killed more than 3,000 people, including themselves, that day: mostly in lower Manhattan. I think that was a bad thing to do. The Catholic Church disapproves of murder, suicide, and taking hostages. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2258-2269, 2280-2283, 2297-2298)

If you're expecting a rant about 'those fiends' burning in Hell: that's not gonna happen. I have no way of knowing how the hijackers' particular judgments went: and there's that Matthew 7:1-5 thing about not judging others.

War is Not Nice

I've been using the term "war on terror" as a name for the conflict between folks who don't think wearing trousers should be punishable by death, and those who do.1 I didn't make up the term, of course.

I think war is not nice: things get broken; people get killed. I also think that sometimes war is better than the alternative. I'll get back to that in another post.

Related posts:The 10th anniversary of 9/11, more posts:In the news:

1 Depending on where you are, wearing trousers may keep your legs warm, result in a fine, or get you killed:

1 comment:

Brigid said...

Missing a letter: "remaining teams few their hijacked"

Extra word: "I have no way to know the how the hijackers' particular judgments"

Department of redundancy department: "I've been using the term "war on terror" as a name for the conflict between folks who don't think wearing trousers should be punishable by death and those who do1 the war on terror."

And there seems to be a line missing before the footnote.

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