Lorie Byrd at Wizbang posts "Never Forget" which begins with words President Bush’s addressed to the nation that first Septemeber 11:
"The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat.”Lorie then offers some personal reflections including this:
“ But they have failed; our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
I was watching the Today Show and saw the second plane hit the tower in real time. I remember shock, disbelief, and sadness, but most of all a vulnerability that did not exist on September 10. That feeling stayed with me for quite some time. I had felt it to a much lesser extent when the WTC was bombed years earlier, but 9/11/01 was, obviously, on a level never before seen in our nation's history.Lorie ends her post with wise, proud thoughts from humor columnist Dave Barry:
When I heard the announcement that the Pentagon had been hit as well, and then saw video of the gaping hole, my only thought was "we have been attacked and we are at war."
"The people who did this to us are monsters; the people who cheered them have hate-sickened minds. One reason they can cheer is that they know we would never do to them what their heroes did to us, even though we could, a thousand times worse."The extracts from Lorie’s post say much better than I could what I want to share with you today.
“They know that when we hunt down the monsters, we will try hard not to harm the innocent. Those are the handcuffs we willingly wear, because for all our flaws, we are a decent people."
So I’ll leave off saying anything else except “Never Forget!”
Lorie’s entire post's here.
Blackfive has a link roundup as does Michelle Malkin whose post also includes results (with graphs) of a multi-nation poll which asked respondents who was responsible for September 11.
Mudville Gazette has powerful and painful photos of the Twin Towers under attack that remind us why we should "Never Forget!"