Sunday, September 10, 2006

9/11 - Five Years Later, Have You Forgotten?

"I don't believe this is a wonderful, peaceful religion. When you read the Koran and you read the verses from the Koran, it instructs the killing of the infidel, for those that are non-Muslim. It wasn't Methodists flying into those buildings, it wasn't Lutherans. It was an attack on this country by people of the Islamic faith.”
- Franklin Graham, Evangelist, on NBC News, November 16, 2001

“Those who hate us are in our midst, and lax immigration laws have made their entry easier. Politically correct federal law enforcement officials, civil rights proponents, and judges have all made ‘sensitivity’ to certain ethnicities the priority over security for all Americans. Those who share the same ideology, the same religious fervor, as the 9/11 hijackers are promoted as ‘peaceful’ in Hollywood, in Washington, and every other center of influence.”
-Debbie Schlussel, September 07, 2006

“We were put on notice that there are fanatics and tyrants who want nothing from us but our death. And this notice requires action: the action of the brave, the action of the un-thanked, the action of the free.”
-William J. Bennett, Secretary of Education

“This is not crime. This is war. One of the reasons there are terrorists out there capable and audacious enough to carry out the deadliest attack on the United States in its history is that, while they have declared war on us, we have in the past responded (with the exception of a few useless cruise missile attacks on empty tents in the desert) by issuing subpoenas.”
-Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, September 12, 2001

“I sat down to write a thoughtful column on the tragedy that befell America yesterday, but it's simply not possible. I'm too damn angry. Angry at a group of faceless terrorists, angry at those people in the world who celebrate this American tragedy, and angry at my government for failing to protect its citizens. I pray the rest of America is as outraged over yesterday's events as I am, because public outrage is one of the few things that produces swift results in a democracy. Let's hope America rises like a tidal wave from its post-Cold War, dot-com-bubble induced slumber to recognize how defenseless we have allowed ourselves to become in an increasingly hostile world.”
- Tom Bevan,, September 12, 2001

“The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger.”
- President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001

“Evil cannot be ‘treated’ – nor should it be. Evil has to confronted and destroyed and it matters not why the evil is in play. Society has no obligation to try to rehabilitate evil. If a person commits acts that cause pain and destruction, that person must be dealt with harshly.”
- Bill O’Reilly, Fox News Analyst

“In the West Bank city of Nablus yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press reported, thousands of Palestinians greeted news of the slaughter in New York and Washington with an impromptu street party, cheering 'God is great' and distributing candy in a traditional form of celebration.”
- Michael Kelly, Washington Post, September 12, 2001

“September 11th cannot exist as a memory, but must live in our minds and hearts as an event that must shape our future. Our troops are fighting an unconventional enemy and must have our support through every avenue, from media to politics, in order to complete their mission and come home safe to us. Rekindle the fire in your heart for freedom and unite behind our leaders. Encourage their resolve to finish what we started and let's tell our enemies that they have not darkened our spirits, they have only made us stronger."
- Author Unknown (at least to me)

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened."
- Billy Graham, Evangelist

So, what now? Some folks say our government has responded well. It’s been five years since 9/11/01 and we haven’t been attacked again. Others say we’ve just been lucky. Maybe it’s a combination of both. I don’t believe our government has responded adequately. I don’t believe it’s just luck that we haven’t been hit again. In fact, I believe that we have been attacked but in lesser degree than on 9/11/01. I believe there are still plans for a big one, it’s either in the works, that is the planning stages, or, the Islamists are simply waiting patiently. As is their character.

There have been too many dry runs. Too many ‘odd’ incidents. Too many to be called coincidental.


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