Ten years ago an injustice was done to us. One that took nearly 3,000 lives and embroiled us in two wars that continues today. I think of that day so long ago when the skies were a clear bright blue not only over New York City but also Northeast Ohio. I remember when I first heard a plane had hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center and wondered how that happened. Did the plane have a malfunction or did the pilot have a medical scare? But I soon learned that neither assumption was right.
And my first thoughts were not about who did this but was my family in New England okay and where in the world was my husband. I had no idea whether he was in New York or Washington DC because that morning he had been in Philadelphia and by the time the attack was occurring could easily have been in either city. I would not hear from him until after 3pm that afternoon and it was then I learned that he had not been sent to either city but was on his way back west to Ohio. How soon he would get there, he was not sure as the roads between New York and Washington DC were either closed or clogged with traffic. It was only then could I breathe a little sigh of relief and take the time to ask “Why?” and “Who would do such a monstrous act?”
We soon learned that radical Islamic Terrorists were the perpetrators of the attack. Their sole purpose was to bring the United States to its knees because in their eyes we are an evil nation devoid of moral integrity. We are the cause of all that is wrong with this world and as such we need to be eliminated. How wrong they were then and now…
In the years since September 11th, our country has liberated more than 25 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan; we have built roads, schools, trained militaries and police forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as bring hope to those who previously had lived with oppression. This past year alone we have made significant progress in imposing justice against those who attacked us; Osama bin Laden is dead.
However, our work is not done overseas nor here at home. Freedom is not free and we are always one step away from losing it all because of complacency. We must continue to fight terrorism here and abroad, making sure our civilian leaders listen to our military leaders to ensure success and do not tie their hands in the theater of war. War is not pretty and it is not politically correct and while we mourn any and all innocent civilians killed, we must also understand that war is a brutal business that must be undertaken from time to time to ensure liberty and freedom for all. We don’t ask for war but America will always head the call to protect liberty and freedom anywhere in the world and will do so without building an empire like so many countries before us.
Here in this country we must continue to teach the values and principles that our Founding Fathers held dear. We must insist that our own government follow the Constitution and all its amendments for the betterment of man and not to create a government dependent society which benefits no one in the end. Furthermore we would do a great injustice to those who died not only on September 11th but in all conflicts before and since if we just sat back and did nothing to promote life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with the same vigor as our Founding Fathers did.
May God continue to bless the United States of America.