As the sun sets on another September 11th, I'm sure most of us have taken at least a moment today to reflect back to that bright blue sunny morning six years ago that started so quiet and serene, yet ended with such devastating and disastrous consequences.
A day spent watching massive buildings fall to the ground with such ease, like children's plastic toy blocks piece by piece. Watching with both horror and fascination as people ran in fear and shock covered in dust and debris as far away as they could get. Watching first responders from police, port authority, EMS and firefighters battle through fire, flames and toxic gases in an attempt to save just one more life be it in one of the fallen WTC towers or the side of the Pentagon. Those 40 in Shanksville faired no better on Flight 93 a short while later. We all watched from afar as tears fell upon pictures of lost loved ones trying to be found by their families and friends. We all tuned into the news reports hungry for information to help alleviate our fears. That information went on for minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and now years. How on that late summer morning of September 11th, 2001 a nation of close to 300 million was shocked to its core that nearly 3,000 of our own citizens had been destroyed by a hate so strong it sought us out with mind numbing determination. How we all stood in silent acknowledgement that such evil had arrived on our shores, unwanted and unwelcome, but here nonetheless.
I put our flag at half staff today as I left for work this morning in a sign of respect for those who lost their lives so many years ago. I also offered a silent moment of prayer, comfort and peace for those who died during that first awful 24 hour period and those who have continued to loose their lives ever since that day. But, even as the day ends and the flag is returned to its proper position, these people I will never meet linger in my thoughts. None of my hopes can return them to their loved ones. None of my wishes can erase the hate that brought about this awful day. The best I can request is that we all remember those who have gone before us. That we remember to say a word of thanks for our continued safety, especially to our military men, women and their families who protect us from every corner of this nation and around the world day and night so that we may continue to have the best that this world has to offer.
My final prayer is that the Islamic jihadists find no one else to kill. But, unfortunately I know that is not a prayer that will be fulfilled right now. There is much work still to do before peace can prosper again.
I hope each of us willing to acknowledge the reality of our situation will take some time today, tomorrow or the day after to understand further why such darkness enveloped our world that morning of September 11th. That same evil from 9-11 is out there recruiting and indoctrinating a new generation to mistrust and dislike non-Muslims and they continue to expand their networks of hate throughout America and the world. Although many groups have been weakened and somewhat reduced in recent years, they have not been eradicated completely. Our service men and women have been admirable in trying to defeat this modern foe, but their job is far from done. Our nation and people must not stop and must not give up as the mission is barely half done. We need to remain strong, decisive and committed to stopping this evil before it consumes us and the world landscape completely.
Those of us who have a passing knowledge of history know full well most of our deadliest foes throughout the centuries have said what they mean and mean what they say. When they talk about removing a race of people from the face of the earth, take them at their word as they typically followed through on their threats (think Khan, Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Stalin, Chairman Mao, Pol Pot, just to name a few). In our lifetime, we now we have UBL, his related and non-related fringe groups and the current President of Iran - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We deny history when we deny them and their powerful words about destroying us, our friends and our way of life.
When UBL invited Americans to come to Islam in his movie of the week broadcast a few days ago, he meant it. Convert now or expect another September morning in the near future. That's our option - Islam or death. He, his followers and those of his radical mindset (millions of them) mean it. He made it clear to us, it is not about Iraq. It is not about capitalism. It is not about Middle Eastern oil. It is not about Democrats or Republicans. It is not about being too American. It is not about the West.
It 's about not being Muslim or Muslim enough. It's about Islam.
To understand more completely why September 11th happened and why there will be more days like this if we don't win this war against Islamic radicals, consider the following books:
Brigitte Gabriel - Because They Hate
Nonie Darwish - Now They Call Me Infidel
Mark Steyn - America Alone
Tony Blankley - The West's Last Chance
Robert Spencer - The Truth About Muhammad
Melanie Phillips - Londonistan
Steve Emerson - Jihad Incorporated
These books have all been reviewed here at L.A.W. You are welcome to read my overview to see if these are books that will appeal to you. Even if you choose to search elsewhere for information, at least look and learn.
I don't want bells of sadness being rung any longer for each life lost. I don't want days of remembrance when we have yet to destroy the ones who caused us grief to begin with. I don't want more 9/11's if we can help it. Until we understand, we cannot plan. Until we plan, we cannot win. Until we win, we live in fear or worse yet, we live in ignorance or denial altogether. Those are poor tributes to those who gave so much for all of us.
Remembrance and honor is important. But, I want us to go much further than that. We need to read, learn, understand, plan and eliminate the threat of Islamic ihadists once and for all. Then, and only then, can the bells for complete victory ring out from sea to shining sea.
The Local Area Watch