September 11, 2001 is a day that many Americans will never forget. To me it was like our 'Pearl Harbor'. Our country went to war after both attacks, we were successful against Japan and we must win the fight against terrorism. There are some who feel America has over-reacted to the attack on our country on September 11th, but I disagree. How do you over-react to nearly 3000 innocent lives lost?? As one NY firefighter survivor put it, 'tolerance to evil is suicide'. We can not tolerate those who attacked us and we cannot tolerate those who condemn us for defending our country and the lives lost. Imagine if we would have let what happened to us at Pearl Harbor go without a military response.
While I hate war and the loss of all life, we must defend ourselves. The only thing I question is if we are using enough force?? If we dropped a bomb on Hiroshima perhaps we need to do the same against the Taliban and Al-Queda in order to end this war and terrorism against us? A strong military makes a strong country and a strong people. America is a light of freedom and protection around the world. We are exceptional because we offer freedoms and the opportunities that no other country provides. We must defend this freedom and stand up for our brave men and women who protect our freedoms. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been long and hard, but the fight is against evil which is spreading around the world like a cancer, Islamic extremism. As I wrote previously this isn't a new phenomenom, Islamic extremism has existed for centuries and since 1784,in Tripoli, the US has been at war against terrorism, but now we are proactively in the fight again because of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our land and against our way of life.
National anthem : 3:00
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the Star-Spangled Banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust".
And the Star-Spangled Banner forever shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
A stirring and emotional look at the faces of 9-11 through the eyes of the many photographers who captured the moment forever on film. The faces in the photos show the raw emotion that every American felt on that surreal day as well as in the days, weeks, months, and years that followed. ChrisTruitt.com commissioned Edge Productions (www.tributemovie.com) to create the movie; the photos are panned, zoomed, and faded one to the next, digitally choreographed to a special version of Garth Brooks' The Change including audio bytes from the President, newscasts and others around the country.
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