Saturday, September 11, 2010
9/11 - Shame, Honor and Remembrance
I realize that 9/11 is a day that embarrasses many of my fellow Americans.
I understand that. It embarrasses me.
Many of us have trouble explaining exactly why it embarrasses us. But embarrassment is a function of the emotion of shame, and shame is a highly fitting emotion to feel today. It is like a foul stench in the air.
Nine years ago today, we experienced the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that left almost 3,000 Americans dead.It was by far the worst and most successful attack by a foreign enemy on our shores.
We've essentially done very little about it.
Oh, we put some jihadi subcontractors in jail, even killed others, but we've yet to actually look at the root causes behind why we were attacked or dealt with the real perpetrators, the nations that fund, harbor and nurture jihad against the West. We won't even allow them to be sued in court for monetary damages. We won't even prosecute our enemies who have been taken in battle after killing our warriors.
Instead, we've come full circle, to where the president of the United States actually supports erecting a huge mosque overlooking Ground Zero essentially funded by the same people that funded the 9/11 attacks...with an imam in charge who says the US was an 'accessory' to the atrocity perpetrated on our soil and who wants to implement sharia law in our Republic. And to add insult to injury, this same imam, echoed by our president threatens us that if he's not allowed to build the Ground Zero Mosque, the ‘radicals’ will know America is an Islamophobic country and take revenge.
Think about that for a second. On the one hand, we are shamed because we have yet to avenge 9/11 by defeating the people that murdered 3,000 innocent Americans. And on the other hand, we are told that we should be ashamed for not just getting over it and acquiescing to a triumphant symbol of victory being erected on the spot where it happened!
From the beginning, we've been told that `this is a new kind of war' without borders or real enemies. But anyone who is paying any attention at all knows exactly where the support network of jihad is located. And exactly where to find our enemies. As Mark Steyn memorably put it, they are hiding in plain sight.But we have allowed ourselves to be lulled into not seeing, and even told that seeing the truth for what it is somehow shameful.
The ghosts of the dead at Ground Zero rest uneasy, and that's the real source of our shame and unease.
Our ancestors understood that defending freedom requires victory over the enemies that would destroy it. If we are to survive, we will need to remember that lesson from our history and revisit it.
As I write this, the evening before 9/11, I have no doubt that we will remember it and act on it.
And when that happens, when we remember whom we are and that our freedom and our civilization is worth defending, we will put the ghosts of 9/11 to rest, and it will be a day like December 7th or June 6th or VE Day, a time to remember our sacrifice proudly.
And then, we can build something at Ground Zero that will be a monument to the Americans who defeated the enemies of freedom, the monsters that attempted to enslave them and their Republic.
Like Pearl Harbor, it will be a memorial, but more importantly, it will be a monument to victory.