Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Matt 24 Watch, 133a: The story of the 9/11 firemen (a documentary from inside the WTC towers) -- let us never forget their courage and sacrifice . . .

9/11 Attacks, WTC, NY
[HT: Wiki]
(Cf Sep 11, 2012 post here

9/11 was a Tuesday morning in September 2001 that began as an ordinary day, but turned into a global horror story that has defined our times.

We must not forget it, and we must never allow our memories and understanding to be shaped by the spinmeisters.

For that, Atlas Shrugs -- rough edges, occasional shrillness and all -- is an unequalled source that I have come to respect for being able to get at angles and stories that just simply do not make it through the media filters.

(And if you think there are not significant media filters that we have to break through to get at the material, well-warranted truth, kindly cf here.)

Ms Geller, here, has highlighted a documentary video by The Naudet Brothers of France, one I have never heard of before, one that tells the story of the Firemen, from inside; including from inside the WTC towers that fateful Tuesday morning, September 11, 2011. She snips a summary that we should clip from:
Gedeon is the older brother, and the avid film maker. But, by the time of 9/11, an additional camera had been purchased for Jules for "camera practice." Jules is with the Battalion Chief, Joseph Pfeifer, and 13 other fire fighters from the house, filming as they investigate an odor of gas at 8:46 am on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001. They are standing in the path of the plane as it flies over and hits Tower 1, and Jules is filming the entire time. His is the only footage of the attack on Tower 1.
The reaction of the firefighters is immediate, as they take off for the Trade Center, a place they previously would visit up to five times a day on a shift. They know the Trade Center perhaps better than any other firehouse in Manhattan. But, nothing has prepared them for this.
What transpires is the only known footage of the struggle of the firefighters inside Tower 1 as they try to figure out what to do in the chaos and confusion. They had seen it all, they thought, but this was something they hadn't prepared for. The film is very sensitively edited, so you don't see the blood or the gore or the bodies, you only hear about them. The focus in this film is on the brotherhood of the firemen, what was going on in the towers while the rest of the world looked on, helplessly.

How men who make less money than half of the City are the ones who rush into the burning buildings, and who do not hesitate to lay down their lives while saving others. It is the tale of a true brotherhood, of men who are doing jobs handed down to them from generations before. It is more than a story of 9/11, it is the story of the world of New York fire fighters . . .
 Yes, you got it right: these men were on another call, and seeing the attack happen right before their eyes, headed straight for Ground Zero, without having to be called.

There is a language warning, but let us never forget the commitment, courage and ultimately, sacrifice, of those first responders who found themselves on the frontlines of World War IV, at ground zero,

The original video here is gone, here is a replacement:

(I find it particularly interesting, that these men were apparently quite familiar with being called to the WTC for fires etc., up to five times in a shift.)

Let us remember, then, what terrorism means, and what it says beyond all doubt about the utter moral bankruptcy of those who resort to it.

Sigh, that's the first spin to be un-spun.

Let's roll the tape on definition, to keep our thoughts straight:
ter·ror·ism  (tr-rzm)
The unlawful [here meaning: unjust, as in targetted at the innocent or civilians etc.] use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. 
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
And so, let us resolve, never ever to surrender to it or to be intimidated or misled into telling the self-excusing, turnabout accusation "narrative" of the terrorists for them. END

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