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Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, and New York City, Sept. 11, 2001 are two days that as Americans are permanently etched into our way of life — when America was struck by its enemies without provocation. Both of these days, although 60 years apart, are joined by the loss of American life into the thousands followed by a world view into the resolve of the human spirit that makes us supremely American.
What is different though is our enemies then wore a uniform, while our current enemy is unseen and operates in the shadows working against our way of life. We, as a nation, are a symbol of freedom to the world and have a duty to inspire others into a democratic society that fits their culture not ours.
But hope is springing up in the Middle East — the Libyan government has fallen; Syria’s government looks like it will fall shortly to a more modern free government; Egypt is headed for a more free society and ousted their government. There is civil unrest trying to change Tunisia and several other countries in the Arab world are working to establish free and open governments. Our efforts in the Middle East are working and now more than ever when new governments are at their weakest, we as a nation are emphasizing withdrawal and abandonment of our new allies in their hour of need. Being rough at home and we as a society cannot stomach it anymore, I have been told. Our resolve is being tested and as a nation we are being judged on what does it mean “to wake a sleeping giant” when you strike America on its home soil.
This September 11th, 2011, take a few moments between 8:46 a.m. and 10:03 a.m. to remember the 3000 dead and 6000 injured in the attacks on 911 in New York, Pennsylvania and DC. Ask yourself this question: What should our resolve be as a nation to establish peace in our world, and how far should we go to protect it? Remembering the cause behind WWII and going back to Iraq was a weak resolve by a collective multinational civilian leadership in WWI and Desert Storm, not our armed services. The price of peace is eternal vigilance, dedicated public safety, armed forces professionals and a firm resolve by us as a Nation to do what’s right, not what’s popular.