First Anniversary of 911
I sat in a movie theater watching "Schindler's List," asked myself,
"Why didn't the Jews fight back?"
Now I know why.
I sat in a movie theater, watching "Pearl Harbor" and asked myself,
"Why weren't we prepared?"
Now I know why.
Civilized people cannot fathom, much less predict, the actions of evil people.
On September 11, dozens of capable airplane passengers allowed themselves
to be overpowered by a handful of poorly armed terrorists because they did
not comprehend the depth of hatred that motivated their captors.
On September 11, thousands of innocent people were murdered because too many Americans
naively reject the reality that some nations are dedicated to the dominance of others.
Many political pundits, pacifists and media personnel want us to forget the carnage. They
say we must focus on the bravery of the rescuers and ignore the cowardice of the killers.
They implore us to understand the motivation of the perpetrators. Major television
stations have announced they will assist the healing process by not replaying devastating
footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.
I will not be manipulated.
I will not pretend to understand.
I will not forget.
I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to kick our country
when it was vulnerable and hurting.
I will not forget that CBS anchor Dan Rather preceded President Bush's address to the
nation with the snide remark, "No matter how you feel about him, he is still our
I will not forget that ABC TV anchor Peter Jennings questioned President Bush's motives
for not returning immediately to Washington, DC and commented, "We're all pretty
skeptical and cynical about Washington."
And I will not forget that ABC's Mark Halperin warned if reporters weren't informed of
every little detail of this war, they aren't "likely - nor should they be expected -- to
I will not isolate myself from my fellow Americans by pretending an attack on the USS
Cole in Yemen was not an attack on the United States of America.
I will not forget the Clinton administration equipped Islamic terrorists and their
supporters with the world's most sophisticated telecommunications equipment and
encryption technology, thereby compromising America's ability to trace terrorist radio,
cell phone, land lines, faxes and modem communications.
I will not be appeased with pointless, quick retaliatory strikes like those perfected by
the previous administration.
I will not be comforted by "feel-good, do nothing" regulations like the silly "Have your
bags been under your control?" question at the airport.
I will not be influenced by so called, "antiwar demonstrators" who exploit the right of
_expression to chant anti-American obscenities.
I will not forget the moral victory handed the North Vietnamese by American war
protesters who reviled and spat upon the returning soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.
I will not be softened by the wishful thinking of pacifists who chose reassurance over
I will embrace the wise words of Prime Minister Tony Blair who told Labor
Party conference, "They have no moral inhibition on the slaughter of the innocent. If
they could have murdered not 7,000 but 70,000, does anyone doubt they would have done so
and rejoiced in it?
There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds, no
point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: defeat it or be defeated by it.
And defeat it we must!"
I will force myself to:
-hear the weeping
-feel the helplessness
-imagine the terror
-sense the panic
-smell the burning flesh
- experience the loss
- remember the hatred.
I sat in a movie theater, watching "Private Ryan" and "We Were Soldiers" and asked
myself, "Where did they find the courage?"
Now I know.
We have no choice. Living without liberty is not living.