The Scrapbook is delighted to commend to readers a wonderful new book by our friend and contributing editor Tod Lindberg. The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern explores a topic, Tod writes, that “I have been working on all my life, though not until recently with a view that the problems I was trying to figure out would turn into a book one day.” It is an absorbing story he tells, at once entertaining and thought-provoking and wise. To oversimplify, one finds through history very different kinds of heroes and different kinds of greatness, not all of which we would now consider wholesome.
Heroism has been much in the news this week owing to the unhappy anniversary of 9/11. If the often-superficial discussions of the cable shows have left you wanting something more thoughtful, you need look no further than Heroic Heart.
After the United States shut down its airspace after the September 11th attack, a unique problem emerged: international flights.
Sure, some planes took off shortly before it was announced the entire U.S. air grid was on lock down, and they could turn back. But what about those beyond the point of no return, or those just about to land? What if the terror threat was broader than what we knew?
As Americans stop to remember the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania that took place 14 years ago, the WEEKLY STANDARD shares some remembrances and stories from our writers:
Nearly 14 years ago, President George W. Bush took to the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series. This was weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Bush's down-the-middle-strike was a triumphant moment that helped unite the country.
ESPN has produced a documentary short as part of its 30 for 30 series to commemorate the pitch. It's 24 minutes and worth the watch:
The Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington has a new exhibit, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation," about the contributions and influence of the small but vibrant community of Indians and other South Asians living and working in the United States.
At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City by terrorists. Eleven years later on September 11, 2012, events unfolded in Benghazi, Libya, that would ultimately leave a U.S. diplomatic facility gutted and four Americans dead. As of 8:46 AM today, the U.S. State Department had not acknowledged either anniversary.
A WEEKLY STANDARD reader points out that in all the early commentary about the events in Libya and Egypt, no one seems to have noted the date. Could it be, as he puts it, that "someone had it marked on a calendar to whip up a murderous frenzy on, oh, Tuesday 9/11"?
Earlier this morning at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama delivered the following remarks in rememberance of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:
"Secretary Panetta, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and most importantly, to the families --survivors and loved ones -- of those we lost, Michelle and I are humbled to join you again on this solemn anniversary.
Paul Krugman, of Princeton and the New York Times, was up early last Sunday morning, reflecting, as many of his fellow Americans were, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. He chose to share his thoughts on the meaning of the day. Here’s his contribution in its entirety, posted at 8:41 a.m., five minutes before the first moment of silence was to begin at Ground Zero: