Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11 9 Years Later

Remembering 9/11 – 9 Years Later

On 9/11/2001, 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked 4 commercial airplanes and coordinated suicide attacks against the United States. 2,974 civilians died in the attacks, and another 24 are missing and unaccounted for.


Here are their faces.
                      LEAST WE FORGET

"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. But they have failed; our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
- President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 Address to the Nation-

9 years.  It seems moments ago.  I, like most Americans, can close my eyes and take myself back to the moments I first learned about the attacks…watched planes crash into each tower of the World Trade Center…watch flames erupt from the Pentagon, and rumors of a fourth plane heading for the White House.  It doesn’t take much to take you back.
Nine years later, and I think much of the public’s memory is waning.  Because of Barack Obama’s ambivalence on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the public for the first time does not support the Afghan war.  This is the war, as Barack Obama has said, that we must win.  I guess we have forgotten about Osama Bin Laden, hiding in the hills of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  And yet, the public, including people such as George Will, are ready to walk away.

Not that any of this is easy.  No one said it was, or would be.  George W. Bush, in his address to Congress on September 18, 2001, stated clearly that this was a generational conflict, unlike any other in U.S. history.  Maybe people weren’t paying attention. I know liberals like to joke, but Bush showed wisdom which many politicians today lack.

I do think Barack Obama is starting to understand (NOT).  When you get daily national security briefings, bringing one threat after another to your desk every morning, you quickly begin to realize how dangerous the world really is.  There are threats everywhere.  It is one thing for politicos to cry that we ‘neocons’ are using fear for our own objectives; it is another to be presented with cold hard facts of the dangers that lurk in the night.  Obama is being pulled by the left wing of his base to end the wars sooner rather than later.  It is our job on the right, though we may disagree with him on most things, to support him on the wars.  Whomever is President, we cannot allow for a defeat in Afghanistan.  It would be a turning point of disastrous purportions.

"2,996"  The people that died that day, both in Manhattan, the Penatagon, and a nondiscript field in Pennsylvania.  Remember them.

Never forget.


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