We woke up that morning thinking it would be just another day.
And then it wasn’t.
The events of that Sept. 11 changed everything for Americans, not just for that day, or week, or month, or year – but forever.
We have just passed the 14th anniversary of the worst act of terrorism in this country in history. But the average American at the time had no idea we were in jeopardy for such an attack.
They learned quickly that there was an “enemy.” But it was one they had no idea existed, and certainly not one that anyone believed could have had the means to pull off such a destructive attack and do it with such precision and success.
People wanted to know what happened. How did it happen? Who did it? Why? And perhaps most importantly: What would we do about it?
As the ruthless scheme played out in New York City, in Washington, D.C., and in Pennsylvania – nearly 3,000 civilians were killed: people in the World Trade Center building and those in the Pentagon, people who were first responders and the passengers on the four planes used as flying bombs.
Those people got up that morning and proceeded to begin their day as any other day, and then they were dead – killed in the most horrible of ways – burning, being crushed or even jumping out of buildings.
This was beyond the comprehension of almost everyone, and what made it even worse was that, with live television, Americans and the world had the opportunity to see it happen in real time, before their eyes.
Americans and our allies were horrified and shocked. But it was clear that there were those in the Middle East who saw the attacks as something to cheer, and there was dancing in the streets and cheers as the WTC buildings fell.
Any questions as to the identity of the enemy became moot. It soon became clear. Islamic militant Osama Bin laden was the prime suspect, and as the investigation proceeded, Americans and our allies concluded the terrorists involved varied cells linked to several foreign governments, namely, according to one U.S. intelligence expert, “Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.”
Of the hijackers, 15 were from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Libya and one from Egypt.
It was reported that President Bush vowed to win the “first war of the 21st century” by toppling the terrorist networks and the regimes protecting them.
Americans were angry and pulled together. Patriotism surged through the country. It was a sense of unity not seen in decades.
Perhaps the last time that kind of spirit was seen on our streets and in our homes – and, yes, even in the halls of politics – was after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and thereafter during World War II.
But after the war, with the political divisiveness of Korea and Vietnam and the domestic turmoil over civil rights, political assassinations and social upheaval, the government had become the enemy, and patriotism was a bad word.
But then 9/11 occurred, and support for the country and for our freedoms surfaced.
Americans cheered President Bush and the decision to go after the enemy – those mysterious terrorists, where ever they were and whoever they were.
But there was a catch. We were fed the line by the president and the media that “Islam is a religion of peace.” It suddenly became politically incorrect to refer to the enemy as militant Muslims, or militant Islamists or whatever. This, despite the fact that the first description of bin Laden was just that.
It was as though the terrorist-killers of those 3,000 people were figments of imagination and not what they clearly were – and are: Muslims who use terror as their weapon against the West with the goal of establishing the caliphate.
In other words, their goal is to transform the West into Muslim enclaves, with their laws and beliefs wiping out anyone and anything that doesn’t conform to them.
In the last 14 years, the terrorism has continued, wars have been fought and thousands have died, but the knowledge of 9/11, and the reasons and people behind it, have gotten obscured, intentionally – by the government, the media and the schools.
Just last week, it was reported that the Young America’s Foundation asked students at George Mason University about 9/11.
The most common response to the question of why we were attacked was, “I don’t know.”
Some thought the statement that “religion” had something to do with it was just a cover-up for economic reasons, and another student blamed President Bush.
The problem is that the PC element regarding Islam is still maintained – as the editorial in the Contra Costa Times illustrated on Friday, claiming the attacks were the “brainchild of a shadowy group of Middle East fanatics calling themselves al-Qaida who operated under a twisted and violent interpretation of Islam.”
Tell that to the thousands dead at the hands of those shadowy fanatics across the world today who are infiltrating Western nations, including the United States.
As for the U.S., we find ourselves with a Muslim-sympathizer president who declared that he would “fundamentally transform the United States of America” and he is doing just that, methodically and intentionally, and no one in power is doing anything to stop him.
Why won’t they stop him? Perhaps because he’s the nation’s first black president, and to speak out against his actions would be called “racist.”
It’s hard to know how free Americans win this battle, because it’s against our own government – and our current politicians are gutless, and too many voters are blind.
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