Americans will join together today — at public memorials, in their homes, churches and synagogues to mark the tenth anniversary of the unthinkable — the most vicious attack on American soil since our nation’s founding.
Ten years ago today, 2,973 people were murdered by 19 radical Muslim terrorists who commandeered two commercial airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and another into the Pentagon. The death toll also includes 40 passengers and crew members aboard the fourth hijacked plane, United 93, which crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as courageous passengers rushed the cockpit in an attempt to apprehend the hijackers. It was destined for the U.S. Capitol building.
The passing of a decade seems but a blink of an eye. We all remember how we initially heard the reports, saw the video, thinking at first it was a horrible accident — until the second plane penetrated the tower. It’s unimaginable that few short years after these horrendous acts perpetrated by those who sought to demoralize us, our own U.S. President, Barack Hussein Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would advocate for a $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque to be built near the site of the what came to be called Ground Zero.
Equally as bizarre is the White House’s attempt to neutralize the attacks by calling for “observing 9/11 with national service.” In fact Americans are wonderful community volunteers each and every day of the year, in countless ways. Such service is a hallmark of who we are.
But now it’s official: September 11 isn’t about the massacre of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans by Islamic fanatics. It’s about, in Obama’s words, “solving today’s most pressing challenges: clean energy, energy efficiency, health care, education, economic opportunity, veterans and military families.” We recommend Canada Free Press’ Matthew Vadum’s fine commentary titled: Obama’s Defilement of 9/11 and Michelle Malkin’s “All the Wrong 9/11 Lessons.”
The New York Times notes that the White House has issued detailed guidelines to government officials on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, with instructions to honor the memory of those who died on American soil but also to recall that Al Qaeda and other extremist groups have since carried out attacks elsewhere in the world, from Mumbai to Manila.
To community organizer Obama, our losses are merely a sub-set of a larger group. Let’s not linger on September 11th or the murderous perpetrators. It’s time to get on with our community service.