Eighteen years ago today, 2,973 people were murdered by 19 Muslim fundamentalist Al-Qaeda terrorists who commandeered commercial airliners and flew two of them into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City and another into the Pentagon — transforming passenger jets loaded with fuel for transcontinental flights from the east to west coasts, into guided missiles. The death toll 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 wrest control from the terrorists.
Along with our American citizens, people from 90 other countries were killed in the attacks perpetrated against non-combatants by Islamo-fascist extremists. Many of the murderers, who boarded the flights armed with box cutters and knives, were in the U.S. on expired student visas and had taken commercial flying lessons, some in Arizona flight schools.
On the anniversary of this previously unimaginable atrocity perpetrated against America on our own soil, we can no longer repeat the words, “We will never forget.”
American schools have deemed the facts concerning the raw evil too politically incorrect, devoting scant time to teaching the truth. American youth can’t forget, because they have little to no knowledge regarding the carnage. As far back as 2011, just ten years after the worst mass murder and destruction on our nation, Education Week, a publication for the teaching establishment, headlined its top story, “Majority of States’ Standards Don’t Mention 9/11.”
Salon, the radically left-wing site takes this view: “We’ve learned, for instance, about the attack’s mechanics — we know which particular terrorists orchestrated it and how many lives those mass murderers tragically destroyed. We also know about 9/11’s long-term legacy — we have healthcare data showing that it created a kind of mass post-traumatic stress disorder, and we have evidence that it generated a significant rise in anti-Muslim bigotry. And, of course, we’ve learned that our government can turn catastrophes like 9/11 into political weapons that successfully coerce America into supporting wars and relinquishing civil liberties.”
Imagine that perspective prevailing after the December 7, 1941 unprovoked Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which decimated the US Pacific Fleet.
More than 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,180 injured when stealth Japanese fighters bombed and sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others.
The vicious attack is rightfully still commemorated. Pres. Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, referred to the sneak attack as, “A date which will live in infamy,” as he addressed congress regarding the declaration of war.
Philosopher George Santayana is renown for saying, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat It.” He also said, “A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” His words are more true than ever in the current political climate where the teaching establishment is run by leftist unions, whose members admittedly engage in propagandizing rather than teaching.