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Sunday, September 11, 2005

A Somber Anniversary

4 years ago today, 19 terrorists hijacked four planes, and the rest is history. Two of the planes slammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. One crashed into the Pentagon. And one, Flight 93, crashed into a Pennsylvania field when the passengers fought back. This coordinated attack will go down in history as the beginning of the international War on Terror, a war that will go on for years, if not decades.

For a while, everyone waved their flags and vowed to "Never Forget." That lasted for a time. Then, for various reasons, that began to fade. It's not that we forgot, per say... life just went on. We drop off items for care packages for the troops, we say a prayer for those who are in the fight... and then we go on with our business.

But... we can't forget. There is a group of people who want nothing more than to destroy our way of life and put in its place their extreme view of their religion. They want to erase who and what makes us unique in the United States of America. This isn't a war between two armies... this is a war between two ideologies, two cultures.

We can't forget that, to our enemies, there is no such thing as an innocent bystander.

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To them, we are all evil.

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To them, we are weak and unable to fight them and their god.

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To them, we are infidels who have no moral compass to guide us.

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And they are wrong. We will not forget. Admiral Yamamoto, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, said,"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

9/11 woke us up once again. I pray we stay awake until the job is done.

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