I’ve never been a big fan of anniversaries for bad days. Mostly because there is so much insincerity; dozens of media people trot out false sorrow and sympathy on camera, then return to a life filled with self-indulgence and narcissism. The same, unfortunately, can also be said for most of our elected officials. What makes today worse is that so many of these people miss at least part of the message. Some will miss it completely, as we hear from apologists and America-haters, who are best ignored for this article. But what I mean for here, is that we will hear about the victims (as we should), the heroism of Flight 93’s passengers and the first responders (again, quite right), tinged with the sub-rosa hints that no one should be blamed for what so many call “tragedy”, rather than face the truth.
The truth is, ten years ago today theUnited Stateswas suddenly and viciously attacked by members of an evil cult, which continues to exist and which enjoys support, but overt and tacit, for its mission againstAmerica, her citizens and values. While many of this cult have been hunted down and killed, there remains a vital mission to exterminate not only Al Qaeda, but every similar group and their supporters. This imperative is apolitical, permanent, and indisputable, although we can assume safely that there are plenty of Nimrods who will play politics with the issue, try to pretend this is history rather than a present danger, and play the denial card past its limit.
We were and are right to hunt down the terrorists in their homes. While it may not be necessary to invade and occupy foreign lands, it is and will be for the foreseeable future necessary, for the security of all Americans, to find terrorist groups and exterminate them. Al Qaeda deliberately targeted thousands of innocent men, women, and children (there were two daycares in theWorldTradeCenter, for example). That crosses a line which cannot be ignored, and the message must be loud, clear, and unified:
When you target innocent Americans on U.S. soil, you forfeit everything you have and are.
We will find you, we will kill you, and this will not end as long as your group exists.
Remember. Remember who did this, and what needs to be done. There is no moral equivalency, no need to ‘try to understand’ terrorists, no reason to forgive.