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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Paul Robert Eckna in Memoriam

Paul Robert Eckna, like 2,995 other fellow human beings, was somebody that most of us would most likely have never known. Just another guy making a living, enjoying life, paying his taxes, having fun with his friends and all of the other things that make up a life.

But on September 11th, 2001, Paul’s life, like the lives of those 2,995 others, became tied to ours.

You see, Paul worked for Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center.

Like so many others, he’d gotten up on what looked to be just another Tuesday morning and gone off to work. Paul loved his job as an Equities Trader with C.F., and judging by the accounts I’ve been able to find on the web about him, he was a positive, happy, hardworking big hunk of a guy, well-loved by his family and friends.

He hadn’t got around to raising a family of his own yet but, at 28, the sky’s the limit and it’s not like your biological clock has run out on you, not by a long shot. Paul had his whole life ahead of him.

Except he didn’t.

Far away, evil men had been scheming to end his life. Evil men fueled by irrational, fanatical hatred, animals who knew as little about Paul, his two older brothers and his parents, Stanley and Carol, as I did. Foul creatures from Hell that Paul had never harmed in any fashion had decided that Paul and thousands of others like him had to die to avenge some ancient grievance that they had nothing to do with.

And, as a result of that, a Tuesday morning like any other became a Tuesday morning that we shall never forget, a Tuesday morning that shall forever live in infamy.

To Paul, it became the last Tuesday morning of his young life.

That morning, his life and the lives of 2,995 other innocent human beings were snuffed out. Brutally ended for no good reason at all. Paul would never know why he and his friends and co-workers had been singled out for murder, all he knew was that this was the end, that he’d never see his loved ones again and that whatever hopes and dreams he’d had for the future were about to die with him.

We couldn’t save Paul and the others, but what we can do, what we must do, is remember them. We must never forget what happened on that horrible morning, we must never forget the loss of all of those lives, and we must never forgive the ones responsible and those who aided and supported them.

We can’t go back and prevent that day from happening, it’s in the past and there’s nothing we can do to alter it, but if we ever forget, if we ever lay down the torch and pretend it didn’t happen, if we ever relent in our pursuit of the Evil that caused it, if we ever go back to business as usual, we’ll make sure that it’ll happen again.

If we forgive our enemy rather than destroy him utterly, we will make sure that he strikes again, we will make sure that other Pauls die as well.

And we will never be able to forgive ourselves.

R.I.P., Paul Robert Eckna

We Will Never Forget

(Visit the 2,996 project for more tributes to the fallen of 9/11, as well as The Cleaning Woman, to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for the picture).

35 Responses to “Paul Robert Eckna in Memoriam”
  1. Temujin Comment by Temujin

    I am glad to see that you helped contribute to this excellent endeavor. In a similar fashion, I did not know Louis Calvin Williams III, but he has also been remembered on this day. As have 3000 others, like they should be.

    A very fitting and noble memoriam.

  2. SoCalOilMan Comment by SoCalOilMan UNITED STATES

    Nice tribute, M’lord, to a young man whose life was cut way to short for no logical reason.

    I would recommend stopping by the “2996 Project” and clicking on some of the other stories. They can be moving.

    I would also recommend a stop by “Never Forgive, Never Forget”, particularly if you haven’t seen it before.

  3. Panzermann403 Comment by Panzermann403 UNITED KINGDOM

    Hi Misha and all other Americans here,

    I just wanted to let you know on this day, that you are not alone in this fight. You have friends all over the world. Friends that you made during the time your nation accended to be a world power, in the time you helped protect liberty and independance in Europe against the horrors that my nation brought upon the continent and later against an enemy even more powerful, the Soviets.

    You even made friends during the most recent conflict, the people who believe that terrorism must be fought with everything we have and the people who truly believe in Israel’s right to exist will always be your friends.

    You are a good and proud people. Stay in the fight. We will be there.

    I am very sorry for the loss that you took five years ago, for all the friends, realtives and people unknown to you. All that you lost on that day. But as long as we remember them and remember who murdered them, they did not die for nothing.

    I remember that day very vividly, as if it was yesterday, I know every detail of it. I am sure that goes for everybody here.

  4. Unregistered Comment by LC & IB Hujonwi UNITED STATES

    Great Post.
    That’s why Adam is headed to Iraq with my .45 with orders to kill and send pics. He said he would guest blog on my site. Will have to see about that.
    There is a lot of us who have a ‘clue’.

  5. Unregistered Comment by annoyinglittletwerp UNITED STATES

    Wonderful Tribute Sire!
    My faith-Christian-says that I need to forgive in order for God to forgive me.
    I’m not ready to forgive(or forget) what happened that day!
    For the sake of my son and future grandkids…I pray that I never will be!
    God Bless America. May Freedom and Liberty always reign.
    Barb in St. L.

  6. Wishbone Comment by Wishbone UNITED KINGDOM

    May I also take this opportunity to second what Panzermann has said in his post. I know that it seems sometimes that the media would represent we British and other European nations’ peoples, in their entirety, as anti-American and even, perhaps, anti-common sense given the tragedies we have suffered and the dangers we are now facing. Yet there are many more of us that remember, with pride and honour, the sacrifices that those brave sons and daughters of America made in order to protect our freedoms and will never forget. Indeed, many more of us than the media and elitists would care to speak of, lest they find the strength of their opinions weakened in the face of our opposition.

    9/11 was the day we knew, beyond a doubt, that the middle ground was lost forever. There are sides now. Us and Them. And when the time comes to make a stand against those who would destroy us, our freedom, our shared culture and traditions, then will we brush aside the apologists, the appeasers, the blind fools who would refuse to see the dangers and wherever those battles may be, as Panzermann says…….We will be there.

  7. Unregistered Comment by BaneSidhe

    “My faith-Christian-says that I need to forgive in order for God to forgive me”

    I prefer the old testament, an eye for an eye.

  8. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

    Thank you, Misha.

    Tonight, my Wife and I light a candle to an old family friend.

    United States Army Sargeant Major Larry Strickland was murdered at the Pentagon by these monsters. He was 52, and looking forward to his retirement in 6 months, after 33 years of faithful service to the Country he loved more than life itself.

    At the time of the attack on the pentagon, he was in the Boss’s office (Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude). As the Sgt. Maj. for DCSPER (Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel), he looked out for the enlisted personnel of the Army. He was there to bring some paperwork in for signature on behalf of one of his young charges.

    As this office was the one struck first by American Flight # 77, a fully loaded Boeing 757. Sargeant Major Strickland died instantly, and for what small comfort it may be, never had a chance to suffer.

    Requiat am Pacem, Larry. I look forward to hoisting a few cold ones with you, again, someday. I’ll bring the Guinness.

  9. Unregistered Comment by LC + IB Gutshot UNITED STATES

    Annoyingtwerp and BaneSidhe:

    In a Bible study, something profound was pointed out to me.

    God only forgives us when we have admitted our transgressions, shown penitence for said behavior, and asked for Him to absolve us of our wrongdoing through the power of Christ’s sacrifice.

    The same holds true for our forgiving our enemies. We cannot forgive someone who has not admitted that they committed a horrible unjustice and are regretfully sorry. If the Islamofascists were to completely apologize for everything they’ve done, as Christians we would be exhorted to forgive their trespasses, just as God has forgiven ours. Many would not, and it would be tough. I’m pretty sure we’ll never see the day that al-Qaeda publicly shows remorse for the blood on their hands.

    If I’m wrong about this, I hope God forgives me for what I cannot do. I’m not sure I can forgive an enemy who will not admit to me that he has wronged thousands of innocent people in the name of a false prophet.

  10. crusader coyote Comment by crusader coyote

    Sire,

    I’m glad to see you were part of this effort, too.

    I was fortunate that my father wasn’t at the Pentagon that day (he could have been, as at the time he was often called for meetings there, in that wing), but I’ll always count that day as the “bitch-slap that woke my college-dulled ass up.”

    I only wish it hadn’t taken something quite so big, or horrible.

    And Panzermann and Wishbone, thank you. For all our blather and grandstanding and “Screw-them-all” mentality that we Americans often display. . . we’d much rather have friends we can sit and have a beer with. Especially with such friends as you.

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  12. shamalama Comment by shamalama

    Thank you, sir, for being a part of the 2,996 Project.

    When we say “never forget” we have to start by remembering.

  13. Unregistered Comment by afsister UNITED STATES

    WONDERFUL tribute, Misha. I also memorialized a CF trader as a part of the 2,996 Project. I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s 2,996 posts, but this is one of my favorites. Thanks again for bringing this man to life again, if only in words and thoughts.

  14. Unregistered Comment by LC Godandstarcraft UNITED STATES

    Everything I Ever Needed to Know

  15. LC Ranger 6 Comment by LC Ranger 6 UNITED STATES

    The host of the 2996 Project shut them down for exceeding thier bandwidth.

    I’d say it’s the last day of business for THAT host.

    Boycott.

  16. TPCrasher78 Comment by TPCrasher78

    Praying for the victims of 9/11, their families, and those who survived but lost someone.

  17. Unregistered Trackback by The Thunder Run UNITED STATES

    Web Reconnaissance for 09/11/2006…

    A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, today focusing on 9/11/01

    Atlas Shrugs writes 9/11: Islam Declares War on U.S.
    Michelle Malkin writes The 2,996 Proj ……

  18. Unregistered Comment by LC Staci GBOR UNITED STATES

    Gut, yes, God wants us to forgive as he forgave us. But he never said forgiveness means no punishment. NEVER. Huge differences.

    I’m going to hold in the spirit of my church’s ending prayer for the terrorist. Yep, that’s right. God is getting flooded today with requests for peace and healing. My prayers are for God to take this evil scum and send them to the hottest place in hell. I invoke Psalm 58 and 59. Today is one more day they get to waste oxygen on this planet, but also one day closer to their eternity paying for their evilness.

    So, while I find these tributes nice, I will visit maybe tomorrow. I’m too busy fueling my anger so it transcends into my prayers. For those of you who find the need to wipe your tears with a fresh dose of anger, go check this out. I’ve been out of tissue after my first hour awake this morning. Fuck them. To hell.

  19. L.C. Rowane Comment by L.C. Rowane UNITED STATES

    See the lead story on my blog for something to REALLY piss you off.
    http://anti-jihad-crusader.blogspot.com/

  20. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911 UNITED STATES

    We can’t lose any more Paul Eckna’s. We need every single one of ‘em.

    Since escaping my childhood Christian education into reality, life has provided me with countless examples drilled very deeply into my skull that “forgiveness” is a seriously risk-ridden concept.

    Knowing one will be forgiven by just confessing a sin does nothing to prevent the next.

    Espousing the benefits theological of forgiveness helps one to feel loftier, moral, elite, worldly, godly, and a host of other fuzzyfeely bits of balm that help one to enjoy the sleep of the innocent.

    Now, the ‘But’:

    But, Forgiveness enables subsequent attacks of better preparation, especially from folks with whom we share few morals, and who’s repeated goal is our destruction,, it’s just suicidal.

    Others have wonderful fantasies of the benefits of forgiveness, but I can only see the benefits of MAKING HOT LOUD EXAMPLES out of our attackers, and blistering the butts of our detractors.

    Let them KNOW that this will happen EVERY TIME. SCREW turning the other cheek.

    Being free of any religious confusion in this area, I’d feel that splattering these anti-humans at first opportunity, then standing over the smoking carcass’s hissing “who’s next?” is just another job done right.
    A good thing. Something to be proud of. Securing OUR future.

    We’ve TRIED appealling to their intellect, we’ve TRIED respecting their dogma and capricious interpretations of their ku-raninc insanity.
    We’ve TRIED paying ransom, jizyah, bribes and humanitarian assistance only to have them demonize us for not giving more.

    I shouldn’t watch all these 9-11 clips. ‘So hot ’bout it all I just de-frosted a whole bag of frozen ‘chops with my hands.

    Now they’re drippin pig-fat on my osamma flag place mat, gonna have to toss it in the grill now.

    Allah Fubar, ya’ll.

    What it really means

  21. SoCalOilMan Comment by SoCalOilMan UNITED STATES

    Excellent rant Cheapshot911. Youv’e pretty much summed it up.

    And I have also run out of cheeks to turn.

    By the way, where can you get those bathroom mats for around the pissoir?

  22. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911 UNITED STATES

    Lessee,,

    What it means

  23. Cheapshot911 Comment by Cheapshot911 UNITED STATES

    ‘Too perturbed to grok the image button, Here’s mine.

  24. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    Thank You for your prayer Misha…for that is what is was…..I spent a great deal of time at work considering the day. Arriving home, seeing Old Glory flying above my front porch. I thank God I am an American, free to worship as I choose, to own personal means of self-defense, to associate with whom I choose, to simply do all the things all of us do and all too often take for granted. So thank You again. A fitting and worthy epitaph..

  25. B.C. Comment by B.C. UNITED STATES

    BTW, folks, limpwilly will no longer be posting here. Please do not feed the troll if it should raise its ugly head from the sewer again. Thatisall.

  26. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    BC…I owe you a beer…….

  27. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil UNITED STATES

    *breathe*breathe*breathe*

    Thank you, BC.

    Folks, I would like to take this opportunity to say that i am soory for my strong language, above. All I can offer is that some provocations are too much.

  28. B.C. Comment by B.C. UNITED STATES

    Wil, what “strong language”? ;)

  29. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    LC Wil…apology noted, logged and unnecessary. You see, you said what many thought. That piece of spiritual detritus seeks to take advantage when others are wounded, such as we all are today. Knowing nothing of decency, honor and respect, only his sick craving for power and foolish statements. Such as the organzation he represents. I once said the one thing they crave is dominion of such as us. He will never have it, as a troll, as a spirit or as a man. We will in time confront them in a final conflict, and it won’t be in a courtroom….and they most certainly won’t care for the verdict or judgment. And Wil…I think those lost souls from nine-eleven would be thanking you…as I am now.

  30. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil UNITED STATES

    …never mind… (and thanks!)

    BC, I hope he has been sent to his room forever, not just off this thread.

    Little worm is beginning to make me angry. He wouldn’t like me angry…

  31. B.C. Comment by B.C. UNITED STATES

    This is a memorial post. Back to the memorial, please. He’s gone. For good.

  32. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    In my minds eye I see souls tormented and anguished, yet brave, silent and resolved. I see tears shed, sharing the quiet within me now, a sadness in my eys and soul, tremulous yet powerful…a building spiritual impetus to never, ever, see this happen again to my homeland, my people. To fight with untold ferocity, uncompromising intent and magnimous virtue. I want Americans to be all those things….and yet, somehow, in all the tumult and confusion…I think we remembered that. Priorities of decency and memory, to lay our brothers and sisters to rest with silent respect, to honor their memory. May you all rest in peace……. One American who will never forget……..

  33. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil UNITED STATES

    As this long day comes to an end, let us all remember the words of Romans, Chapter 8, Verses 35 - 39:

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

    Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

    For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

    Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    ___________

    May the one Lord of All cherish and protect the souls of the first taken in this war. Until the Sea give up her dead, and we all meet again in Glory, Amen.

  34. LC Joe Dromedary Comment by LC Joe Dromedary CANADA

    LC Caveman

    This is one Canadian that will stand beside you, head and eyes lowered and a hand on your shoulder because…..I will never forget either, brother. NEVER.

    God bless ‘em all.

  35. LC Tremor Comment by LC Tremor UNITED STATES

    I got up this morning and treated the day pretty much like any other. Cup of coffee, 2 slices of toast, butter and grape jelly. Out the door to school for a Macroeconomics class followed by American Federal Gov. at the Tulsa Community College Metro campus. After class got out it was jet to work, don the military uniform and on the job. Watched the President’s address, and did a little weight lifting and some sit ups to keep a semblance physical fitness. In the back of my brain all day was what today was, but I tried not to dwell on it too hard. My tribute, my vow to those who perished that day, is to stand defiant to the barbarians who seek our submission. I spent the day getting stronger, mentally and physically, because every day I get stronger, and every day they get weaker. We’ve got them on the run, and so long as we constantly keep up the chase with dogged determination, sooner or later they will slip up, and then with righteous fury we shall exact our justice.