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I’m sure another military worship holiday is right around the corner. So, what better way to honor those who commit mass murder serve than to remember the truth about TWA 800.

A noted investigative journalist who has spent years probing the disastrous crash of TWA Flight 800 off the Atlantic coast in the late 1990s said in an interview posted this week that he’s certain the U.S. Navy accidentally shot down the Boeing 747.

The flight took off from JFK International Airport on July 17, 1996, with 230 people aboard — 212 passengers and 18 crew members — and exploded in mid-air some 12 minutes later, killing all aboard.

At the time, dozens of eyewitnesses claimed to have seen what appeared to be a missile streaking skyward before the airliner exploded in a massive fireball, leading many Americans at the time to conclude that it was likely a terrorist attack. But investigators at the time claimed otherwise.

The only part I find hard to believe is the accidental angle. But, who even remembers way back in 1996? So many worse atrocities have happened since that it almost seems like a bit of fond nostalgia from a better age. All of it fits rather uncomfortably with this observation of an observation of Divine Wrath.

Rod Dreher believes that God withdrew His hand of protection from the United States on September 11, 2002. And, let’s face it, subsequent events do tend to support his contention.

In light of all the subsequent events, even 2002 feels like a bygone golden age.