As I was thinking about the events of this date 7 years ago, it truly saddens me that so many people seem to have forgotten what, at the time, we all swore never to forget. The sudden, vicious attacks by deadly serious nutcases who wanted to die a “martyr’s death”… the burning, collapsing towers… police and firemen running into the buildings as thousands streamed out… the fear that it was only the beginning of many more attacks… the nearly 3000 innocent victims and their families… the nearly yearlong process of cleaning up the debris of the site and burying the dead.
We stayed united for what… a couple of months maybe? Then some politicians began to figure out they could make political hay by undermining the President in time of war and the game was on. Despicable little toads like Joe Wilson began a campaign to undercut the President’s credibility on WMDs and the rest is history.
Yet, despite all the caterwauling and crisis mongering that has taken place in Congress and in the media, we are now 7 years on and there has not been another major terrorist attack since then on US soil. Bush will never be given credit for that by those so determined to brand his administration a “failure” for political purposes. I still remain convinced that history will be much kinder to him than his current critics.
All of this has brought to mind words written by Thomas Paine during some of the most difficult days of the American Revolution. They were read to George Washington’s troops on the eve of their daring and ultimately successful assault on the Hessians at the Battle of Trenton:
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
So, for all the brave police and firemen, for all those GIs who have placed their lives on the line for the high purpose of establishing freedom, for all those who were taken from us so suddenly on that terrible day… we salute you all! Despite what seems to take place with too many selfish, overly comfortable people in this society, there are thousands… no… millions of us who will NEVER forget!