Always remember

None of us in the United States will ever forget Sept. 11, 2001.

All political, social and religious differences dissolved that morning.  For a fleeting moment we were one. It was as if a veil were lifted… and in an instant we came to the chilling realization that there is such a thing as pure evil in this world. We learned that there are men walking this earth who view evil as good — who see the cruelest acts against innocent people as a service to their god.

These were men whose dogma was so ingrained in them that there would literally be no changing of their minds or their hearts under any circumstances. The men who hijacked those planes on Sept. 11 lived among us. They worked among us. They experienced our creativity, resourcefulness and sense of humor. They saw the wonderful opportunities that this country offered and how wonderful the people could be. And they still hated us.

On that day we saw radical Islam as it truly was, unfiltered in all of it’s ugliness. We KNEW that these attacks were the act of terrorists. We KNEW that it was wrong. We KNEW that it was evil. We KNEW that the perpetrators not only needed to be punished, but taken out completely. We KNEW that it was us or them.

And so that sense of frailty and helplessness we experienced that morning was quickly replaced with a righteous anger. A GOOD anger. An anger that said not MY brother, not MY sister, not MY spouse, not MY child, not MY country, not MY freedom. Oh NO YOU DON’T, scumbags.

For a moment… for a few days… for a few weeks… we realized just what we had and how precious and sacred these things were to us. And we were willing to fight to keep them. It’s never a bad idea to revisit that passion from time to time.

President Bush is asking for a moment of silence at 8:46 this morning — the exact time the first plane struck the World Trade Center. If you have the chance — regardless of your political affiliation — I hope that you will participate. If you believe in God, pray. If you don’t, maybe just give a thought to the victims of the attacks and reflect on the things you hold dear. And give a thought to the soldiers fighting overseas. They’ve shaken al Qaeda to it’s core and we owe our continued freedom to them.

Whatever our differences, I think that most of us can agree that we love this country and that we are proud of it.


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