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Remember 9-11
Gary Kelly
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"The events of September 11, 2001, will always be a defining moment in our history. We hold the victims and their families in our hearts, and we lift them up in our prayers." President Bush

While the September 11 attacks constitute a grave tragedy, it is hardly the gravest possible. Far more worrisome, we argued, is the stated intention of our jihadist foe to detonate nuclear weapons "preferably several simultaneously" in major U.S. urban centers. With our borders virtually unguarded and only five percent of incoming containers at our shipyards being inspected, it's possible that one or more such weapons are already within our borders. Many prominent voices in the security community agree that such an attack is probable, if not inevitable. As we approach the anniversary itself, we are reminded of the words of President Bush: "These terrorists target the innocent, and they kill by the thousands. And they would, if they gain the weapons they seek, kill by the millions and not be finished. The greatest threat of our age is nuclear, chemical or biological weapons in the hands of terrorists and the dictators who aid them." Patriot Post Vol. 06 No. 36

"Remember the Alamo," "Remember the Maine" and "Remember Pearl Harbor" were rallying cries from past wars. Why do Americans have to be reminded to remember? We had better not forget 9/11 and the signal it sent. The enemy won't forget. For him, 9/11 was a continuation in a long war against America. He thinks he can wait us out. He thinks we're weak and will wilt before his demands in order to save our lives. He is betting everything he is right. Is he? Ask me on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Cal Thomas 9/11 Plus Five


Commentary

Remember 9-11
 
Most Americans in 1941 rallied under the battle cry "Remember Pearl Harbor" and carried it through to victory. The majority of Americans were united after 9/11 to bring to justice those who committed that act of  war. Yet one has to wonder how many Americans are still united unto victory? Is it because of the main stream media that many Americans now do not realize or even recognize the consequence of the Islamic caliphate as compared to the aggressors of World war II?  Do these Americans representing the secular left believe we can compromise with this evil intent unto victory? One wonders also where America would be today if our founders exhibited this apparent lack of resolve by some Democrats in Congress? Thankfully President Bush has stood firm on the war on terror, if not illegal immigration and border security.

Perhaps a reminder of what America's founders and leaders had to say about defending freedom needs to be revisited. Moreso now, since American history is being diminished and falsely ridiculed and replaced with a secular global worldvision. One must wonder exactly what is the foundation of the secular liberals as compared to our founders? He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
 
And with any battle worth fighting, there comes suffering and sacrifice - a price to pay for our cherished freedom. The Founding Fathers of this Nation, in another fight for freedom from tyranny, signed their names to the Declaration of Independence just below these words of commitment: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Of the fifty-six signers: 17 lost their fortunes, 12 had their homes destroyed, 9 fought and died, 5 were arrested as traitors, and 2 lost sons in the War.
 
"It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. ... I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not." John Adams
 
"Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the House when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the President of Congress [John Hancock] to subscribe what was believed by many at that time to be our own death warrants?" Benjamin Rush

"There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!" John Hancock

"We must hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately." Benjamin Franklin

"Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!" George Washington
 
"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth." Thomas Paine

George Washington in 1778 wrote a letter to Thomas Nelson, Jr. citing God's divine intervention in the founding of our nation. "The hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."

"Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction." Thomas Jefferson

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." Samuel Adams

"[I]f we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War." George Washington

"America seeks no earthly empire built on blood and force. No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions. The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross. The higher state to which she seeks the allegiance of all mankind is not of  human, but of divine origin. She cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God." Calvin Coolidge

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and what never will be." Thomas Jefferson

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." Daniel Webster

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." Thomas Paine

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom...crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" Samuel Adams

"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." Patrick Henry

"Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves." Joseph Warren

"The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything." Albert Einstein

"Our enemies may be irrational, even outright insane, driven by nationalism, religion, ethnicity, or ideology. They do not fear the United States for its diplomatic skills or the number of automobiles and software programs it produces. They respect only the firepower of our tanks, planes, and helicopter gunships." Ronald Reagan

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their Nation." George Washington
 
"A really great people, proud and high-spirited, would face all the disasters of war rather than purchase that base prosperity which is bought at the price of national honor." Theodore Roosevelt
 
"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory." --George Patton
 
"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." Thus spoke President Franklin D. Roosevelt, following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by over 100 Japanese aircraft. Five American battleships and three destroyers were sunk, 400 planes were destroyed and over 4000 were killed or wounded. President Roosevelt concluded: "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory... Our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God." (Note: The designers of the new WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., chose not include the line "So help us God" from FDR's address.)
 
On August 16, 1945, Truman proclaimed a Day of Prayer: "The warlords of Japan...have surrendered unconditionally...This is the end of the...schemes of dictators to enslave the peoples of the world, destroy their civilization, and institute a new era of darkness and degradation...Our global victory has come from the courage...of free men and women united in determination to fight. It has come from the massive strength of arms...created by peace-loving peoples who knew that unless they won decency in the world would end. It has come from millions of peaceful citizens...turned soldiers overnight-who showed a ruthless enemy that they were not afraid to fight... It has come with the help of God, Who was with us in the early days of adversity and...Who has now brought us to this glorious day of triumph. Let us give thanks to Him and...dedicated ourselves to follow in His ways."
 
"[In war], there is no alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory." General Douglas MacArthur

Knowing the goal of an Islamic caliphate, will the secular liberals continue to negotiate and compromise with similar results as did the diplomacy used with Adolph Hitler or the numerous UN resolutions as with Saddam Hussein?