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Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember’d

Eleven years ago, a gang of obscurantist barbarians murdered several thousand people.

The mass murder occurred largely in New York, and partly in Pennsylvania and in Washington DC. Most of the dead were Americans. But not all.

A former British Para born in Cornwall – by 11 September 2001 a naturalised American citizen and former United States Army officer – CR ‘Rick’ Rescorla, the World Trade Centre security chief, gave his life in rescuing others. Thousands of others.

On 11 September 2001, as today, HM the Queen was monarch of the United Kingdom, and of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Papua New Guinea. She was, as she remains, the Head of the Commonwealth.

Thousands of our American allies were murdered in the mass criminal attacks of 11 September 2001, even as ululating celebrations and the passing out of sweets – ‘this is a sweet from Sheikh Usama bin Laden’ – forever disgraced the shrivelled souls of Palestinians and others, celebrating death.

And on that day, there were also murdered by savage barbarians, upon American soil, some three hundred two-and-seventy persons who were not American citizens. Of these, the majority were subjects of Her Majesty or citizens of Commonwealth states. The greatest losses after the Americans themselves were sustained by the United Kingdom, followed by India.

Of Her Majesty’s subjects, eleven Australians were murdered; two dozen Canadian subjects; sixteen Jamaicans; two New Zealanders; sixty-six British subjects; and one Bermudan. Of the citizens of member states of the Commonwealth, there were forty-one Indians killed in this act of mass criminality; six Bangladeshis; two Ghanaians; three Guyanese; three Malaysians; one Nigerian; two South Africans; and fourteen citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

We do not forget. We remember; and we requite.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
mourns for her dead across the sea.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


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fpb From: fpb Date: September 11th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Saw that.

absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: September 11th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perfectly said. A tragedy for all concerned.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

I tend not to say 'tragedy', actually.

Although I know what you mean. To my mind, a landslip or a gale may lead to tragedy. Mass murder is simply an atrocity to be visited w condign punishment.
absynthedrinker From: absynthedrinker Date: September 12th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I tend not to say 'tragedy', actually.

Yes, I suppose I must agree,but wonder what punishment could possibly fit the crime. I was there that day and it is the only time, in my entire life, when I remember feeling utterly empty. Frightening.

I hope you are well.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

That is the question.

And it is one to which my answer is not that of a particularly humane Savoyard Mikado.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 12th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bright autumn days still give me the willies.

(We sang it this way in Girl Scouts:

Day is done
Gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the skies.
All is well;
Safely rest.
God is nigh.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 12th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Odd that such days shd be so ominous.

But August 1914 and September 1939 were rather pleasant as weather went, also.
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