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Col. Rick Rescorla, the UK-born Vietnam Vet and Morgan-Stanley Dean-Witter security chief who predicted BOTH WTC attacks, and sacrificed his life saving 2,700+ others . . .

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Today, let us reflect on Col. Rick Rescorla, the man who saw it coming TWICE, and then sacrificed his life saving over 2,700 lives on September 11, 2001:

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I cannot but pause and show a video still of the Col on that fateful day as he rallied his people, bullhorn in hand:

Col. Rick Rescorla, Sept 11, 2001
Col. Rick Rescorla, Sept 11, 2001

 

It is easy to be wise after the fact, but so hard to have foresight and persistence in the face of inevitable misunderstanding and skepticism from those who don’t see things that way — and who will too often blindly oppose and frustrate. So, it is important to learn from case studies of insight and foresight, lest we fall to the mad march of folly over and over again.

(Cf. here for my 10th anniversary reflection on Rescorla, and here for my reflection on the Ac 27 paradigm on the march of folly in democracies. The collapse and conflict of civilisations analysis here, may be of use also.)

Let us remember and salute genuine heroes.

Let us remember, and let us learn. END

3 Replies to “Col. Rick Rescorla, the UK-born Vietnam Vet and Morgan-Stanley Dean-Witter security chief who predicted BOTH WTC attacks, and sacrificed his life saving 2,700+ others . . .

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    kairosfocus says:

    Let us honour and learn from the man who saw it coming — TWICE, then sacrificed his own life saving 2,700+ others.

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    vjtorley says:

    Hi kairosfocus,

    Thanks for this piece. I had never heard of the man before. Rescorla was undoubtedly a remarkably dedicated individual, whose prescience saved the lives of thousands.

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    kairosfocus says:

    VJT: A real hero, and a lesson to us all. KF

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