“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. …When I see the city from my window – no, I don’t feel how small I am – but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body.”
– Ayn Rand
War came to this city. And like a mother who protects her young, her family, I threw myself into space, over the city, to protect these buildings, this city, this nation from these savage invaders. And I have spent the last 12 years in this terrible battle fighting the enemy without and within.
I am asked how one goes from being a housewife and mom to one of the world’s leading “racist,” “bigoted” “hatemongers” – as I am described by the Islamic supremacists and their media muppets. The answer is, how can any freedom-loving human being not fight to defend what is good and right, even at great personal cost? If anyone had said to me on Sept. 12, 2001, that those of us fighting the ideology and its adherents behind the worst attack on American soil would be the perceived enemy, I would have said that you were out of your mind. And yet that is exactly where we are.
William F. Buckley wrote on Oct. 2, 2001: “It is thought to be a sign of toleration to defer to Islam as simply another religion. It isn’t that. It is a form of condescension. Carefully selected, there are Quranic preachments that are consistent with civilized life. But on September 11th we were looked in the face by a deed done by Muslims who understood themselves to be acting out Muslim ideals. It is all very well for individual Muslim spokesmen to assert the misjudgment of the terrorist, but the Islamic world is substantially made up of countries that ignore, or countenance, or support terrorist activity.”
National Review Online would never run a column like that today. Who would have thought we’d run into the ditch we’re in when there were people seeing things this clearly back then – people who already had a name and substance?
When Islamic supremacist Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the “holy man” behind the Ground Zero mosque, said “9/11 was a watershed, was a major milestone, and a major catalytic force in, in catalyzing the attention towards the issue of Islam, its presence in the West, and it brought into much greater prominence our work and the importance of our work,” he was absolutely right. Twelve years later, the president of the United States is Barack Hussein Obama, and he is waging wars on behalf of al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Wal-Mart employees are fired for making jokes on Facebook about a burka. Large corporations are mosqueing the workplace. Public school curricula have instituted lessons proselytizing for Islam. The Department of Defense, the FBI and law enforcement agencies have scrubbed, under an edict by the Obama administration, all references to jihad in all counterterrorism materials.
Scholars of Islam, human rights activists who dare speak of the most extreme and anti-human ideology on the face of the earth, are demonized, marginalized and rendered toxic. There is a prohibition on the truth, in accordance with the blasphemy laws under the Shariah. Politicians who speak of jihad and Shariah are targeted by powerful and influential terrorist organizations in the U.S. like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MSA and MAS, and their political futures are destroyed. Colleges and universities have become hotbeds of jihad activity, and anti-Semitism is rife on campus. Islamic anti-Semitism, incited by Islamic Jew-hatred, is at worldwide record levels, and religious minorities living in Muslim countries are oppressed, subjugated and murdered.
The number of deadly global jihad attacks since Sept. 11, 2001, is close to 22,000 (and that’s counting only those with casualties). There were also jihad plots to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, to set off cyanide gas in the New York subway system, to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve building, to nuke Manhattan’s Garment District, to bomb JFK Airport, to bomb synagogues in the Bronx and Manhattan, to bomb Times Square, and on and on and on.
We have thwarted hundreds of attacks in the homeland. And yet the Boston jihad bombing is portrayed in the media as a failure of our treatment of immigrants coming to America. The Fort Hood jihad is called “workplace violence” by the Pentagon. And New York Mayor Bloomberg suggested that the Times Square bomber might have been dissatisfied with his health-care coverage. The Times Square bombing would have dwarfed the 9/11 death toll had the bomb gone off. Muslim terrorists attacked our consulate in Benghazi on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and slaughtered our ambassador and three other Americans. No one has been held responsible or been brought to justice.
Ten years after 9/11, public schools finally made Sept. 11 part of their history coverage, but in that it is a day of service. Neither who nor why is taught – just some fuzzy, leftist do-gooder narrative that disarms the generation that is going to have to fight this global scourge.
Those of us who took up the fight in the information battlespace faced a propaganda machine financed by the richest Muslim countries in the world. Americans were daunted by the complexity of this new kind of war – not a war of nations, race, or color but a worldwide ideology that transcended borders. And when George W. Bush assured Americans that it was not an ideology but a radical few, Americans wanted to believe it. Because it was far easier to believe and accept than the alternative. But for those who knew and opposed this supremacist scourge, the fight was just beginning.
Twelve years of fierce activism continues. On Sept. 11, 2013, we will be at Ground Zero, as we are every year, fighting for freedom and individual rights. On this terrible anniversary will be the congressional vote to intervene militarily on the side of al-Qaida in Syria. We demand intervention on behalf of Syrian Christians and Coptic Christians terrorized by Muslim terror in Egypt. Speakers include 9/11 family member Nelly Braginsky, who lost her only son Alec, 9/11 first responder Alan T. DeVona, Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng and Coptic Christian human rights activist Ashraf Ramelah.
Our 9/11 press conference will advocate for the honorable and respectful interment of unidentified 9/11 human remains at Ground Zero – not inside the Museum, as planned. Nearly a decade ago, 9/11 families were promised in writing by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in 2003 that these remains would be located in a “separate and distinct repository – separate from any museum or visitor center.” But city officials and the Museum directors reneged on that promise, and plan to place 9,000 unidentified remains 70 feet (seven stories) below ground – where their relatives will be charged $25 admission to visit.
The press conference will also address the non-patriotic theme of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, including the absence of American flags on the site (there is only one flag at the site, and that one was originally put up by construction workers and then moved to the edge of the site where it can barely be seen at all). This is consistent with the initial rejection by National September 11 Memorial and Museum creative director Michael Shulan’s of the iconic flag-raising photo in the Museum, complaining that it was “too rah-rah American.”
Press conference speakers will also note the fact that the photos of the 9/11 jihad terrorists, plus their martyrdom quotes, will be prominently displayed in the Museum, while information on the victims will be in a kiosk, much less prominently displayed. The victims’ photos will be 12 feet above the floor on one wall (3,000-plus photos), while those of the 19 jihadis will have their own wall, with their murderous statements and artifacts at eye level.
In order to defeat our enemies, history cannot be scrubbed, whitewashed or made over. The truth must be told, and it is the duty of every American to stand for truth, justice and the American way. Now more than ever, each one of us must report for duty. The enemy never sleeps, and as horrific as 9/11 was, what awaits us is far, far worse.