Daily Wisdom

September 11, 2007

The Implications Of 9/11

For many Americans, the events of September 11, 2001 were a genuine wake-up call. This was a different kind of terrorist attack in both magnitude and effect. While it is true that Americans had been attacked by terrorists in the past, we had never seen anything like this level of devastation on American soil.

In 1979, 52 Americans were taken hostage for 444 days from the U.S. embassy in Tehran. But that was in a far away land. It was indeed a humiliating experience for a great country like America, but it was not an event of mass destruction.

On October 23, 1983 the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was bombed killing 241 American servicemen. A disaster for sure. But then, they were military personnel -- a dangerous occupation under any circumstances, especially in a war zone.

The same could be said for the attack on the USS Cole in October, 2000. Far fewer casualties. Again military personnel. Operating in unfriendly waters. And the ship didn't even sink.

Leon Klinghoffer, bound to a wheelchair, was thrown from the cruise ship Achilles Lauro on October 7, 1985. But he was only a single individual, and he was Jewish... and they were Palestinian. It was seen by many as a problem caused by Jews, not Americans. So it had little impact on Americans as a whole.

Even the attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, although significant and on American soil, was considered a failure. The bomb blast killed six and injured 1042, but the structure remained standing. I think it gave Americans a false sense of invincibility.

The twin embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania of 1998 were again in faraway places. Most of the victims were Kenyan and Tanzanian. The U.S. made little effort to retaliate. It was an irritation more than a call to arms.

The events of 9/11 were different. They were intended to bring down the towers, kill thousands of innocent civilians, destroy the financial hub of America, and bring the economy to a grinding halt. In some respects, the terrorists succeeded. The towers did come down, nearly 3,000 people were killed, and the economy suffered. Airline travel was halted for many days. Millions of dollars were spent on clean-up, repairs, and security improvements. The nation was in mourning and in fear of another attack.

But in another way, the terrorists made a major blunder on 9/11. The attacks united Americans in a way we have not seen in recent memory. Americans for the first time realized that is truly a war against radical Islam. And for the first time we joined the fight...

We froze the assets of dozens of organizations tied to Islamic terror organizations. We reorganized our intelligence communities. We started new intelligence gathering operations to ferret out potential enemies. We began capturing or killing major terrorist leaders. We forced Osama bin Laden and his top people into hiding. We have thwarted dozens of terrorist plots both at home and abroad.

Although it is sad to say that the patriotism and unity felt among Americans following 9/11 has dissipated to a large extent, many Americans remain committed to fighting the War on Terror. America remains vigilant and is actively fighting an offensive battle against terrorism. The result has been no second attack on American soil since 9/11.

But Americans cannot become complacent. More than 8 years elapsed between the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and the events of September 11, 2001. We should not overly pride ourselves on our current success at stopping terror attacks here at home. It has only been 6 years since 9/11 and the terrorists have not given up the battle.

We learned on 9/11 that there is a faction of religious extremists and fanatics who hate everything American. They hate democracy. They hate freedom. They hate choice. They hate Christianity, Judaism, and all religions other than Islam. They want to convert America into an Islamic caliphate. They think nothing of mass murder and mass destruction. In fact, they seem to relish in it. They bear the sword against us. Only naivete would lead one to think they can be reasoned with.

The danger we face as a nation, is that we will forget. Many Americans have short memories. They want to forget about terrorists. They want their fast food, iPods, 'Dancing With the Stars', and 'American Idol'. God have mercy on us. Let us never forget...


At 9/11/2007 8:48 PM , Anonymous Barb said...

Bin Ladin said it best,
"We Love Death"
I assume this is a quote from the Quran.
I much prefer " God is Love"
One would think even the Demofacists would prefer Life and Love,but from the sickening speechifying I heard today, September 11,they much prefer the same words and ideas, Bin Ladin uses.
How very quickly they forgot.

At 9/12/2007 1:36 AM , Anonymous camojack said...

A lot of people don't want to remember, because it reminds them of their vulnerability...so they pretend that the lack of any further attacks on U.S. soil is due to luck. They are the ones who fail to learn from history; we just cannot let them drag us all down with them.

I posted a link to an excellent article on the subject at my blog:
Forget 9/11 at our peril By Cal Thomas

At 9/12/2007 8:12 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I hadn't heard that quote from bin Laden, so I looked it up HERE.

"We love death. The US loves life. That is the difference between us two."

I don't know if it is from the Quran or if it is simply bin Laden's twisted interpretation. Either way, it's frightening.

I too prefer "God is Love" and "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life."

Best regards...

At 9/12/2007 8:12 AM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Thanks for the link. Good article.

Best regards...

At 9/12/2007 9:39 AM , Anonymous Hankmeister said...

Gee, Hawkeye, don't ya know that the "War on Terrorism" is only a Bu$Hitler/Rove gimmick? If we would simply quit fighting Muslim freedom fighters they are probably more than willing to be our friends ... or at least to never attack America or Americans again. Trust me.

At 9/12/2007 10:06 AM , Blogger Ms RightWing's Ink said...

It is 9/12 and sad to say the idjets around the country are hard at work destroying the voice of reason. I thank God daily for the sense He gave me to know evil and who supports it

At 9/12/2007 12:30 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Rove is out, so it must now be a Bu$Hitler/Gonzales gimmick, eh?

(:D) Best regards...

At 9/12/2007 12:44 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Ms RW,
I thank God daily for the sense He gave me to know evil and who supports it...

16 "You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. 18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit... 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits."
--Matthew 7:16-18,20

At 9/12/2007 7:14 PM , Blogger Beerme said...

Nice job, Hawkeye! We won't forget and you'll help keep others from forgetting with articles such as these.

Thank you!

At 9/13/2007 7:52 AM , Anonymous Possumtrot said...

I have tried repeatedly to post the following comment at your blog:

"First off, let me thank you for the kind words you left at my blog as a comment on reading my dad's murder file. I can only paraphrase one piece of Scripture off the top of my head; it's the last two verses of Ecclesiastes, the part about giving my life to know madness and folly.

That would lead directly into a comment about the state of mind of the jihadists. I have more than a passing acquaintence with evil, and if I've learned anything about the nature of the beast, it's that it's an unthinking creature.

Illness and frustration have shortened my fuse. The failure of good Muslims - and I know they're out there - to step up to the plate and denounce the death cultists only results in a blanket dismissal that they're all "heathen mother%#@!$"

I live in a wheelchair, so what happened to Leon Klinghoffer aboard the Achille Lauro is never forgotten.

I have frequent flyer friends, and I always tell them, if anything untoward starts happening, fight. Fight back! Take a page from Todd Beamer's book. They're going to kill you anyhow, so go down like a gunfighter.

I keep tearing up at this week's replays of what happened at the World Trade Center. Anger mixes with sadness.

I have an exemption to weapons rules, so if someone waves an AK-47 and tries to dump me anywhere, I'll draw, and the best man wins. I can do more damage from the confines of a wheelchair than the average 21-year-old soldier.

This might end up as a lazy man's post at UPI.

Thank you again for your kind words and Scrpture at my blog. It's uncharitable to wish disaster upon others, but what with the Democritter rhetoric of late, I hope they reap what they are sowing."

"Blogger" is still being strange. The Face-2-Face looked wonderful; I'd have given a lot to be there.


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