9/11/01 was not the start of the war against us, but it was the point in history when many of us took notice. A wake-up call, if you will.
9/11 did not, however, “change everything.” From the very start of our recovery from those cowardly attacks, we were told to simply resume our lives, go shopping. Enjoy the latest in our American version of the Roman bread and circuses.
9/11/01 was, however, the continuation of a war that began over 1,300 years ago in the deserts of Arabia. It is the march of Islam for global domination. At the point of a sword, or, these days, whatever weapons jihadis can get their hands on.
On this eighth anniversary of 9/11/01, the victim card is still being totally overplayed. As if the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were natural disasters, things to be suffered through but then overcome; they couldn’t happen again. Yes, I’m afraid they could — and, absent our eternal vigilance, will.
Yes, there were 3,000 or so victims on 9/11/01. People who just went to work that day, like any other day. They weren’t heroes, but there were heroes among them after the planes hit the towers, the Pentagon, and on board United 93.
And there were other heroes, most especially including 343 of New York’s Bravest, my brothers in the FDNY. But these men were killed because of who they were, not because they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were doing what the best of us do: protecting their fellow men and women. They ran into the inferno, and perished trying to save lives.
They were killed because they were Americans. And there is nothing in the world that Islam hates more than a people whose first principle is freedom of conscience. A nation founded on the idea that God has given each and every one of us the right to choose how to live, what to do, and what to believe.
These things are anathema to Islam, which, in ways gentle, but for the most part violent, insists that we all believe as they do.
Never forget who the enemy is, or what it is they want. Or why. And never, ever, surrender.