On a day such as today, we must honor and remember all the victims of 9-11. America must never forget the ones who were lost and their families who remain trapped in their last memories of loved ones and the horrors of that late-summer morning.
Americans must always remember the feelings of helplessness by those who watched the surreal scenes of panic and sheer terror unfolding on their televisions. We can imagine what our fellow Americans in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania must have felt.
It is only natural for the passing years to peel layers from horrific memories and leave scars where once there was excruciatingly painful heartbreak. Nonetheless, we must not allow people who wish to soften the image of those who perpetrated this unspeakable atrocity, to rewrite history. It is now apparent there are major efforts underway in our country to do so.
President Obama has scrubbed any reference of Islamic terrorism, war on terrorism, and any other phrase or term that would cast aspersions on radical Islam. We are bombarded with reminders that Islam is a peaceful religion and Americans must be more tolerant. Newspapers run ads directed at school children showing a Muslim man holding a sign with a smiley-face and the slogan, ‘to know Islam is to love Islam’. Two pages later a headline blares ‘Islamists attack Somali hotel’.
Branding discussions of radical Islam as hate-speech, Islamophobia, or religious intolerance, brings dishonor and disrespect to all the victims of 9-11. People make these charges with two things in mind; to silence dissent and force the American people to prostrate themselves before those who would do us harm.
Attacks by radical Muslims are daily occurrences around the world in dozens of countries; not just against Americans. To ignore these facts, to play word games, and insist on political correctness, is to place more Americans in peril.
Constantly reminding people that not all Muslims are terrorists, is to assume the American people are ignorant bigots who cannot discern the difference between actions of war or peace.
Let us give thanks today to the firefighters and policemen who are the first responders in times of crisis and at times must give their lives in performing their duty; as did the brave heroes in New York. And lastly, let us extend our eternal gratitude to our Armed Forces that serve and sacrifice to keep us safe and free from all foreign enemies around the globe. They have been the front line in fighting the terrorists who planned and abetted the 9-11 attack. Thousands of our bravest have given their lives in this ongoing struggle so that we can remain safe in our homeland.
Playing political games in the face of terrorism is not tolerance. It is suicide.