Never Forget; Never Surrender

3439/11/01 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.

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One thought on “Never Forget; Never Surrender

  1. “a war that began over 1,300 years ago in the deserts of Arabia.”

    Suggest that you actually read a little history. A good start would be a comparative study of the two sieges of Jerusalem. The first by the Crusaders, in 1099:

    “”When the pagans had been overcome, our men seized great numbers, both men and women, either killing them or keeping them captive, as they wished.”[6] Later the same source writes, “[Our leaders] also ordered all the Saracen dead to be cast outside because of the great stench, since the whole city was filled with their corpses; and so the living Saracens dragged the dead before the exits of the gates and arranged them in heaps, as if they were houses. No one ever saw or heard of such slaughter of pagan people, for funeral pyres were formed from them like pyramids, and no one knows their number except God alone.” [7]

    ….the second by Saladin in 1187:

    “Negotiations were carried out between Saladin and Balian, through the mediation of Yusuf Batit, one of the Eastern Orthodox clergy, who had been largely suppressed under Latin Christian rule and knew that they would have more freedoms if the city were returned to the Muslims. Saladin preferred to take the city without bloodshed, but those inside refused to leave their holy city, vowing to destroy it in a fight to the death rather than see it handed over peacefully. Thus the siege began.

    At the end of September, Balian rode out with an embassy to meet with the sultan, offering the surrender that he had initially refused. Saladin would not accept this, seeing that as they spoke, his men had scaled the walls and planted their banners. Soon, however, the crusaders repelled their attack. Saladin acquiesced, and the two agreed that the city would be handed over to Saladin peacefully, preventing the sort of massacre that had occurred when the crusaders captured the city in 1099.

    Saladin allowed for an orderly march away from Jerusalem. The ransomed inhabitants marched away in three columns; the Templars and Hospitallers led the first two, with Balian and the Patriarch leading the third. Balian was permitted to join his wife and family in Tripoli. Heraclius was allowed to evacuate a number of church treasures and reliquaries”

    I would also suggest that you address your research efforts to establishing the numbers of Muslims killed to that of Americans killed on their own soil during the past century. I think the numbers might surprise you.

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