Saturday, September 03, 2011

THE WARNER

"It's going to happen. And it looks like something Big is brewing." - John O'Neill, September 10, 2001

"When Bin Laden speaks, we have to listen, They have the capability to strike American soil any time they choose." - John O'Neill, 1997

If Frank Warner/Pigman has a real life model, it's FBI agent John O'Neill, at least in his professional life. He was the one constant, heroic figure in the books I read that dealt with the events leading up to the atrocity of 9/11, two in particular, The Cell and The Man Who Warned America. He was also featured as the main lead in the TV film, The Path To 9/11O'Neill warned everyone he could about Bin Laden years before anyone knew about him. And incredibly, he retired from the FBI in August of 2001 and then took a position as Director of Security at the Twin Towers weeks before the attacks. He was doing his job on 9/11 and didn't make it out of one of the towers alive. Here's the piece that was posted today that sparked my drawing: 9/11: Remembering The  Man Whose Warnings Were Ignored.

8 comments:

Damien said...

Bosch,

It is as ironic as it is sad. Too bad he didn't survive. I remember hearing somewhere that Winstin Churchill survived a horrible accident that almost killed him, prior to World War 2. To think that if he had not lived, the British people would not have been able to rally around him, and Germany might have been able to invade and occupy the UK. World War 2 could have turned out differently. I know its a long shot, but I wonder if John O'Neill had survived the attack on the Twin Towers, if he would have run for president. Even than, he probably wouldn't have won, but I wonder what position we would be in now, if he had, at least as far as the war on terror. At the very least I wonder if he would be playing a major role in the fight agianst Jihad now.

Bosch Fawstin said...

I've thought the same thing, Damien. In John O'Neill, we lost as a committed a fighter against jihad terrorism as I've ever known about.

Damien said...

Bosch,

Well at least we still have a lot of other brave people fighting the good fight. Its not like he was the only one whoever existed, if he was we would have already lost. We wouldn't be in this situation if there was only one Jihadists on the planet, and its going to take more than one person, to get us out of it.

Bosch Fawstin said...

"Its not like he was the only one whoever existed" ?!

What a silly thing to say. We're specifically talking about John O'Neill here, Individually praising him doesn't come at the expense of all the other good men and women who are fighting the enemy. If you don't understand my appreciation of John O'Neill, do some research about him.

Damien said...

Bosch,

no, I think I do understand. You're right, He was one of a kind given what he did. What I was getting at is that he was not the only person whoever fought Jihad, and just because he's gone doesn't mean that all hope is lost and we should give up. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding. Maybe I should have been a bit more careful how I said what it.

Bosch Fawstin said...

In your apology, you went and absolutely, unnecessarily wrote this about John O'Neill:

"he was not the only person whoever fought Jihad, and just because he's gone doesn't mean that all hope is lost and we should give up."

.....I suggest that since you clearly don't have it in you to honor the man without diminishing his individual significance, and that since you clearly cannot refrain from stating the obvious to all, ie; that we will survive without John O'Neill, we're done discussing this particular post.

revereridesagain said...

I've often wondered what went through John O'Neil's mind in that horrific instant when the first plane hit his tower. I think of that whenever I wish I could walk away from this and have a life in which having to think about Islam every day does not play a part. O'
Neil knew something terrible was coming, and in that moment every warning he had ever given to the cowards, evaders, and opportunists was justified a million times over. He had done his job; had they done theirs, that attack might have been averted.

Damien said...

Bosch,

I'm sorry you feel that way about what I wrote. I do not mean to "diminishing his individual significance" as you put it.