Five days from today, the United States will mark the nine-year commemoration of a major attack on our country by an enemy that wants to destroy us and all we represent.
Five days from today, it will be 9/11 – the 11th day of September – the day when “people” most Americans never thought about, delivered on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., a destructive horror beyond our imagination. Even now, having lived through the shock of that day, and the weeks, months and years since – even now, it seems to have been impossible.
But it was all too real, too sudden and too horrific. Those “people” we hadn’t much thought about, but who turned out to be a ruthless and cruel enemy, delivered on us a mayhem that took the lives of more than 3,000 innocent people. They were civilians going about their lives with no thought that on that day that they were the targets of enemy fire that viciously and coldly killed them.
On that day in 2001, the attack by militant Islamists on our country was more successful than they dreamed. Even though they didn’t destroy the Pentagon, only damaging it, and even though the fourth plane didn’t reach its intended target – either the White House or the Capitol building –
they did destroy in spectacular fashion the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the heart of business and commerce.
It was a carefully planned and carried out plot to strike at the heart of our government, our military and our economic center in two of the most important cities in our country.
It was not a formal declaration of war, since there were earlier attacks on us, but this was the big one. It didn’t need the formality of written or spoken words, just the need for us to face the fact that we’d been attacked and were at war.
They had supporters in the Middle East, where such devious hatred was spawned. Early news footage showed people dancing in the streets, joyously celebrating that the U.S. – “the great Satan” – had been grievously injured. It was what they wanted and accomplished.
The attack of militant Islam on the United States didn’t begin on that day. They’d already attacked our military and diplomatic personnel around the world and even attempted to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993.
Throughout all the attacks which killed and injured people and destroyed property, media and politicians played down the import of those events to the point that the average American didn’t realize we were being attacked incrementally.
The truth is, we were at war but while politicians, military and media knew it, the American people didn’t. Each of those attacks was treated as a standalone event.
I have no doubt that keeping us in the dark was intentional because of concern that if we knew the full import of what was being done to us, that powerful American “sleeping giant” would be awakened and have to be reckoned with.
And that’s exactly what happened on Sept. 11. What the militants didn’t anticipate was that this unprovoked attack on civilians would create in the heart of Americans a burst of patriotic fervor not seen since World War II.
In 1941, the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor was a shock that ignited a love and loyalty to our country that carried us through the years of war horrors never before seen on this planet. We fought for our survival, and we fought to victory. There was no other choice.
Like it or not, we face that now. Our survival as a free nation is at stake. But do we really remember 9/11 as we once remembered Pearl Harbor?
I don’t think so, because we’ve been softened by political correctness, multiculturalism and the insidiousness of diversity, which have permeated media, education, politics, government, churches and even the military.
Remember the words of Gen. Casey after the Fort Hood shooting/murders by a Muslim Army officer? The general was most concerned about the effect of the shootings on the “diversity” of the Army!
He should be drummed out of the service along with his superiors who tolerate such nonsense.
Our initial response to the 9/11 attack was military, against the enemy in Afghanistan. We attempted to wipe out al-Qaida and to find the man considered the mastermind of the attacks, Osama bin Laden.
Americans seemed united in outrage against the enemy, but as the war dragged on, as we engaged in an invasion of Iraq and as the liberal political and media influenced public perception of Islam, things changed.
From the president on down, we were inundated ad nauseum with the mantra that “Islam is a religion of peace.” It hasn’t mattered what political party is in power in Washington, the pandering to Muslims in this country has been ceaseless and senseless.
We find ourselves at a point in history when we have our military putting their lives on the line fighting an enemy that our president declares we cannot name. No “war on terror.” No “militant Islamists.” Those words and others are actually banned!
Our military has become a group of sitting ducks for the enemy because it’s not allowed to fight on the same terms. We actually have our own military face court martial because of testimony by the enemy.
It’s like “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” and the image is disgusting. But all the while, the enemy laughs.
As we diddle over words and polite warfare, militant Islamists infiltrate our country, government, courts, military, media, commerce, finance, medicine, schools and even churches.
It’s all very polite, of course, until they’re crossed.
Killing us with kindness unless they decide to kill us.
Will we remember that on 9/11? We should.