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10:05 AM ET, September 11, 2006


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Christopher Hitchens / Opinion Journal:
Solidarity  —  Our first duty is to stand together against bin Ladenism.  —  Never mind where I was standing or what I was doing this time five years ago.  (Because really, what could be less pertinent?)  Except that I do remember wondering, with apparent irrelevance, how soon I would be hearing one familiar cliché.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and TigerHawk
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
The Hole in the City's Heart  —  On July Fourth two years ago, eight weeks before the Republican National Convention in New York City, Gov. George E. Pataki traveled from the Hamptons summer home of his senior economic adviser, Charles A. Gargano, to the dusty crater in the center of Lower Manhattan.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Bush Mourns 9/11 at Ground Zero as N.Y. Remembers  —  Vowing that he was "never going to forget the lessons of that day," President Bush paid tribute last night to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, laying wreaths at ground zero, attending a prayer service at St. Paul's Chapel …
Amy Westfeldt / Associated Press:
Nation marks fifth anniversary of 9/11
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Bush Honors 9/11 Anniversary
Discussion: TAPPED
Pajamas Media:   9/11: FIVE YEARS AFTER  —  New Media  —  UA Flight 175 …
Michelle Malkin:
The 2,996 Project  —  I am kicking off 24-hour 9/11 anniversary coverage today with my entry for the 2,996 Project.  —  As I mentioned last month, the project launched by D.C. Roe involves more than 3,000 bloggers who have joined together to commemorate each and every one of the victims of 9/11 on this fifth anniversary.
Discussion: Liberty and Justice
Michael Ledeen / Politics Central:
9/11  —  It seems at least a decade ago, and I am still angry, maybe even angrier.  9/11/01 was the day they killed Barbara Olson, one of Barbara Ledeen's closest friends, and we have yet to take proper vengeance.  The terrible details of her doom still seem quite incredible.
Discussion: Inactivist and Blue Crab Boulevard
Roger L. Simon:
The last five years - looking at 9/11
Discussion: The Anchoress
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
Situation Called Dire in West Iraq  —  Anbar Is Lost Politically, Marine Analyst Says  —  The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western Anbar province are dim …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
War's Critics Abetting Terrorists, Cheney Says  —  He Cites Allies' 'Doubts' About U.S. Will  —  Vice President Cheney offered a veiled attack yesterday on critics of the administration's Iraq policy, saying the domestic debate over the war is emboldening adversaries who believe they can undermine the resolve of the American people.
Lorie Byrd / Wizbang:
FIVE YEARS LATER — WE WILL NOT FORGET  —  SEPTEMBER 11, 2001  —  "The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger.  These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
A Religious and Unconventional War  —  Conventionally, countries fight wars against other countries.  Territory is well-defined, and the objective — unconditional surrender — is clear.  World War II is always a good illustration.  Adolf Hitler's desire for power obviously consumed him.
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
A new low in Bush-hatred  —  SIX YEARS into the Bush administration, are there any new lows to which the Bush-haters can sink?  —  George W. Bush has been smeared by the left with every insult imaginable.  He has been called a segregationist who yearns to revive Jim Crow and compared ad nauseam to Adolf Hitler.
Arthur Spiegelman / Reuters:
Controversial "Death of a President" film debuts
Discussion: The Corner
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
Muslim Candidate Plays Defense  —  Lead Shrinks as Minnesota Democrat Repudiates Association With Farrakhan  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Keith Ellison is a Democrat running for an open House seat in a heavily Democratic district.  But what once looked like a cakewalk has turned into a bruising campaign …
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R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Worried CIA Officers Buy Legal Insurance  —  Plans Fund Defense In Anti-Terror Cases  —  CIA counterterrorism officers have signed up in growing numbers for a government-reimbursed, private insurance plan that would pay their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged …
Newt Gingrich / Guardian:
Attacking Iran is not a long-term solution  —  We need to bring about regime change in Iran - but preferably not by force.  —  About Webfeeds  —  Iran's pursuit of a nuclear program in defiance of the United Nations has led some to call for military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
For Democrats' Hopes, Less Promise in New York  —  Kirsten Gillibrand campaigned with Hillary Rodham Clinton last month.  She is trying to unseat Representative John E. Sweeney, a four-term Republican.  —  In a year when Democrats hope to take control of the House of Representatives …
Discussion: AMERICAblog, Power Line and Macsmind
Will / Attytood:
The Emperor's New Clothes: How 2nd graders saw what the American media wouldn't report  —  George W. Bush is a man on a mission today: To remind the American people how they felt five years ago, when the public was understandably frightened by the killing of nearly 3,000 fellow citizens …
Jamie Glazov / Front Page Magazine:
Symposium: 9/11: Five Years Later  —  On this fifth anniversary of 9/11, Frontpage Symposium has assembled a distinguished panel to discuss the significance of that terror attack, what we have done right and wrong since then, and what steps must now be taken to confront our enemy.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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New York Times:
A Ban on Carry-On Luggage
Matthew Schofield / Mercury News:
Hezbollah gives hope to Palestinians
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric
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Former Iranian President denies all on feel-good tour
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: AQ celebrates the 9/11 hijackers