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the heroine of Flight 11

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    One of the heroines of Flight 11 was a young lady whose mother was a Chinese immigrant.

    Betty Ann Ong was able to identify the hijackers by their seat numbers, and she also notified ground control that the flight was being hijacked.

    Thanks to Betty’s furtive phone call, the world knows that terrorists critically wounded flight attendants Karen Martin and Bobbi Arestegui, slit the throat of business-class passenger Daniel Lewin, and “jammed their way” into the cockpit, where they likely killed co-pilots John Ogonowski and Thomas McGuinness Jr.

    We also know that they sprayed Mace — which was prohibited on flights — and that passengers huddled in coach to escape the toxic fumes as the plane flew erratically toward the NYC skyline.

    Authorities were able to quickly identify the five hijackers because Betty and fellow attendant Madeline Sweeney relayed the seat numbers of the men.

    Ong’s last words: “Pray for us. Pray for us.” Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 8:46 a.m.

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    On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Joe Biden, Jill Biden, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton traveled to all three of the sites that were attacked on 9/11.

    Trump (and Don Jr.) commemorated the event by calling the Evander Holyfield fight.

    F*** him and the horse he rode in on.

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    We don't often think of George W. Bush as a man of wisdom, but his speech yesterday reminded us of the strong links between the attacks of 9/11 and the riot on January 6.

    We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” he said. “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit." He added, "It is our continuing duty to confront them.” Bush’s words were an indictment not only of the violent MAGA insurrectionists but also, implicitly, of his party that coddles them and the leader whom the 1/6 terrorists wanted to install by force.

    The Capitol, of course, was the suspected target of Flight 93; the heroes on board that plane spared the lawmakers and others who worked there from the fate of occupants of the twin towers and the Pentagon. The 1/6 terrorists breached the building the 9/11 terrorists could not. Both the 9/11 terrorists and the domestic 1/6 terrorists sought to destroy our democracy in service to a crazed ideology of intolerance.

    Bush decried politics that is no more than “a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment.” Only one party matches that description. Bush used a powerful refrain, one that also serves as a rebuke to the racist, antidemocratic MAGA movement:

    At a time when religious bigotry might have flowed freely, I saw Americans reject prejudice and embrace people of Muslim faith. That is the nation I know.

    At a time when nativism could have stirred hatred and violence against people perceived as outsiders, I saw Americans reaffirm their welcome of immigrants and refugees. That is the nation I know.

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    Conspicuously absent among the line of former living presidents at formal events was Donald Trump, who instead released a video that spent as much time commemorating the terrorist attacks and its victims as it did criticizing his successors handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after two decades at war. He later met with firefighters and police officers in an impromptu visit in New York.

    “Joe Biden and his inept administration surrendered in defeat,” said Trump, who was also spending the anniversary offering color commentary at a boxing match in Florida featuring former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

    Trump is the personification of a sore loser.