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  • Reflections on 9/11: Anniversary Inspires Reflection, Resolve

    Having spent the past decade working in law enforcement, I hold a special reflection on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11.

    On that day, of the more than 400 rescue workers who perished, 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority died while responding to the call of duty. Never in American history has our nation’s public safety infrastructure suffered such a tragic day. The nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children who died that day at the hands of al-Qaeda make 9/11 a day of infamy never to be forgotten.

    September 11 awakened America to the scourge of terrorism. Radical Islamists, motivated by a twisted interpretation of Islam and inspired by the rabid narrative of Osama bin Laden, demonstrated to the world that there were no bounds to their barbarity.

    America took heed of this notice and has responded with a consistent and forceful campaign designed to take the fight to the enemy. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while controversial, have dismantled the once cohesive network of al-Qaeda Central. Lacking the safe haven provided by the Taliban, al-Qaeda leadership has had to move into the desolate, mountainous regions of the Afghanistan–Pakistan border and beyond.

    The fracturing of al-Qaeda Central has inhibited the group’s ability to coordinate large-scale attacks against the West. It has not, however, eliminated the broader threat posed by the plague of radicalization.

    As al-Qaeda Central was flushed from its sanctuaries in Afghanistan, the virulent ideology it propagated has metastasized into disparate regions throughout the world.

    A number of groups, associated with or inspired by the narrative of al-Qaeda, have established themselves as significant threats to both the American homeland and our interests abroad.

    Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (led by the charismatic American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki), al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and al-Shabaab in Somalia represent only a sampling of the more dangerous movements that have arisen in the past decade and are committed to carrying out jihad against the West.

    Since 9/11, at least 40 terror plots aimed at the United States have been foiled while in varying degrees of preparation. Unfortunately, not every plot has been stopped prior to its culmination. The tragic events at Fort Hood, where 13 members of the U.S. military were gunned down by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, reminds us of the terrible costs that can arise when just one deranged individual slips through the cracks.

    Although the global war against terrorists has at times been exhausting, and the sacrifices of the American people and armed forces has been great, the anniversary of 9/11 offers a time of not only reflection but resolve.

    American will and determination to promote a society where freedom can flourish must continue to outweigh our enemies’ resolve to see such freedoms destroyed. America has defeated the great enemies of freedom in the past, and I have no doubt that it will continue to meet the extraordinary challenges before it.

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    7 Responses to Reflections on 9/11: Anniversary Inspires Reflection, Resolve

    1. WILLIAM says:

      AN ERA FOR CHANGE AS PER OUR PRESIDENT. WE ALL REMEMBER THE OLD ADAGE—-SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICK—–CHANGE ONE—-SPEAK LOUDLY AND CARRY TWO BIG STICKS!!!

    2. By a 2/3 majority of Congress or voting out all liberals and Democrats we have to get out Holder, Obama, and Napolitano, and all federal judges who support them. This war against terror is directly related to the illegal immigration problem. Hamas terrorists, funded and trained by Iran, were found in Mexico, no doubt with the full knowledge and cooperation of the Mexican drug cartels. We need to have E-Verify mandatory for ALL jobs nationwide. Plus, if need be, we need to use clean (no radiation, which we have), tactical nuclear weapons in Afghanistan or Iraq, where it might be justified. The terrorists already use human shields to fire on our troops, such as orphanages, hospitals, mosques, nursing homes, etc. If we fight with one hand behind our backs like in Vietnam, we will have to pull out with our tail between our legs and let the terrorists win. Of course, Iran will pour in troops by the millions if we leave only a token force there. We cannot have liberals and Democrats with so much power controlling our war on terror, without being blocked in Congress with a Republican majority in the House and later the Senate. If the Republicans don't control both houses of Congress, and another abomination like Obama is elected, we will lose the war on terror. That's why your organization and other conservative organizations should get together with churches also, and have a national referendum to bring these people down. And as far as I know, most Americans don't know what's going on, unless they are kept informed by organizations like yours and others that agree with you. The liberal media is in force everywhere. Organizations like yours need wider distribution, even going to churches and saying that they need to do their part, without being afraid of being no longer tax exempt. We cannot lose the next election.

    3. Steve S. says:

      I have to disagree with the author. It is not a twisted interpretation of Islam. It is Islam, for the third time, waging Jihad against all of those who are not them. If you really studied Islam, you would know this. If our law enforcement, politicians and Military are not willing or able to make this distinction, we are not just minimizing the threat, but hamstringing ourselves in the effort to combat it. A perfect example is the inclusion of the head of a known terrorist organization (actually worse than that) in our memorial services for 9/11 while excluding clergy and even first responders. If you are law enforcement, you should have read the "Muslim Brotherhood Project". Great place to start, as is the Kuran (not the new sanitized versions) and Hadith.. The truth is there.

    4. Steve S. says:

      LET ME PUT THIS A DIFFERENT WAY… The folks you mention are actually Orthodox. They follow the letter of the Kuran, Sharia (an inseparable part of Islam), Hadith and so on….. Those who do not, our moderate Islamic friends, are not to be confused with the so called extremists. They are NOT the same. One must understand the concept of abrogation as applies to the Kuran, how the book is organized and why, the path of Mohammed’s life and how that affects the teachings and so on to properly assess the situation. One must also understand Taqiyya, Kitman, taught principles. An understanding of the prime differences between Islam and ALL other religions is needed. Current events in other parts of the world, poorly covered (if at all) by OUR press, are also key. . Most will not do this, though anyone can find these things out if they have the will. If one does pursue this undertaking, your view of the world will change as fundamentally, if not more, than it did on 9/11. Lots of folks instinctively know that, and hence shy away from it. That is totally understandable, but unfortunately not without undesirable consequences.

    5. JJB says:

      Let us never forget the religion that the 9-11 Hijackers practiced, Islam. The wonderful, peaceful religion of Islam. This religion has been hijacked by Islamic radicals. They spread their religion thru murder, torture, rape, kidnappings, terror, intimidation and bombings. At any given time around the world there are approximately 65 Armed conflicts. Of these 65 Armed conflicts approximately 60 of the 65 involve Islamic radicals. Being that there are hundreds of millions of followers to the Islamic religion, we will never rid ourselves of these people. If only 10 per cent of the Islamic religion is Radicalized then that would equate to tens of millions of murderers. We will forever continue to fight them at any and every Third World country around the Globe and ever increasingly at home. So much for the wonderful, peaceful religion of Islam.

    6. @umbrarchist says:

      9/11 was done by Higgs Bosons with box cutters.

      Physicists could not solve the problem until they discovered the Boson.

      The 11 anniversary of 9/11 will be the 10 anniversary of physicists failing to solve a simple grade school physics problem. What would Galileo say?

    7. Susan Hayward says:

      Cole Wyatt Davis Reflects On Helping People at 9-11 2001 World Trade Center Ground Zero

      Cole Wyatt Davis talks in an interview about what he experienced when he was there helping people at the fallen World Trade Towers Manhattan, New York also known as Ground Zero on 9 11 2001. He talks about "The Breaking Free World Tour"

      On Sept 11, 2001 The World Trade Center twin towers collapsed, as a result of the September 11 attacks, in which terrorists affiliated with Al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners, flying one into the North Tower (1 World Trade Center) and another into the South Tower (2 World Trade Center). The South Tower collapsed less than an hour after being hit by the hijacked airliner, Cole like many others will never forget that day ever. Cole said, “I remember like it was yesterday. I was on a business trip in New York the day before the attack and then went to Boston to finish up my business trip when I first heard.” I asked Cole in this interview why he came all the way back to lower Manhattan, New York City, New York the next day after the twin towers fell. Cole said, “I drove there to help wherever I could. I just could not stand by without helping the people in need.” Cole is a “Gold Shield Medal Of Honor Recipient” for not caring about his own safety and saving a man’s life who was trapped in a car engulfed in flames. He stayed in that car breathing life into the man until the fire trucks were on the scene saving the man’s life. This happened a few years before the trade towers. I asked Cole what has stayed with him after that experience and Cole said, “I will never forget the bravery I saw that day and the days following from the men and women that were effected by that horrible day. I was just in Manhattan, New York a short time ago on the “The Breaking Free World Tour 2012 –2013” promoting my new business books. I take out a moment of silence on that day every year no matter where I am in the world. That day is what inspired me to help people in financial need with The Breaking Free World Tour.”
      For more info Contact http://www.colewyattdavis.com or email at info@colewyattdavis.com

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