The Spectacle Blog

‘We Cannot Let Down Our Guard’

By on 9.11.06 | 11:16AM

Rudy Giuliani writing in today's USA Today:

There is a reason thousands of rescue personnel rushed into enormous danger to save men and women who were strangers to them. The reason was respect for the value of human life. It can also be described as love -- the kind of love expressed in a biblical phrase, "Man has no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend." This respect for human life and love for others, including strangers, form the core of Western civilization. It is the driving force that helped us create freedom.

 What I learned from Sept. 11, 2001/>, is that free people have much greater strength than they realize. Ultimately, free people prevail over oppression.

As they say, read the whole thing.

Patriot Day, 2006

By on 9.11.06 | 11:04AM

From The White House:

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

On the fifth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, we recall the fire and horror at the twin towers of the WorldTradeCenter, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. America will always remember the thousands of innocent lives taken by the enemies of freedom that morning.

“The Path to 911”

By on 9.11.06 | 10:48AM

Discuss as we may which scenes were altered and which were cut, this film deserves high praise for its unflinching portrayal of our evil enemies, as bad a collection of bad guys as ever infested a big screen, a small screen -- or the real world.

Mannings v. Path to 9-11

By on 9.11.06 | 10:00AM

I knew yesterday morning that the fuss over ABC's 9-11 film was going to end up being overblown. As I checked out with emergency baby supplies at Target, the elderly female cashier smiled and asked me if I'd be "watching the Mannings tonight?"

Based on the ratings, it looks like the Mannings were the overwhelming choice of viewers. I was one of them. For what it's worth, Peyton is substantially better than little brother Eli at this point, but the Giants have a heckuva running game. It's hard to believe they lost given the way they were imposing their will on the ground.

Justifable But Not Wise

By on 9.11.06 | 9:14AM

Dershowitz on Khatami. The Crimson defends not only the decision to invite Khatami, but also Fidel Castro in 1959. And that bit about not backing down from the execution of gays rankled the Crimson reporter more than most from the mainstream media outlets, so kudos to her for not letting it go without note. For the record, I'm with Dershowitz here.

Five Years Later

By on 9.11.06 | 9:14AM

CNN Pipeline is rebroadcasting CNN's coverage of 9/11/01, live as it happened. Among the stories that morning was a report from NY fashion week on maternity clothing. I'll never forget how quickly everything changed that morning.

Khatami Links

By on 9.11.06 | 8:50AM

A couple of readers have already written in to ask why I didn't link to more information on the Canadian journalist mentioned in my story. Sorry! The event went late, busses were delayed and I ended up writing deep into the evening and not including as many links as I normally do. By way of reparations, here is a good resource on the tragedy that befell the Canadian journalist and here is an example of what a good friend Khatami is to the Jewish people.


By on 9.11.06 | 5:48AM

Thousands of bloggers are writing tributes today to each of the 2,996 victims of 9/11. (3,412 bloggers are participating, so some victims have two tributes.) Don't miss this one.

UPDATE: They seem to be having server problems. If the link above doesn't work, use this one.