Patriots Day – Remember Our Fallen – I remember – do you?
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted. The passengers and crew showed unity, courage and defiance in the face of adversity. I lost a dear friend when the North Tower of the Trade Center was attacked.
September 11, 2012, in America was a day of solemn remembrance.
In Libya, it was a day of violence that ended with four Americans killed, starting a debate over whether the Obama administration should have better protected them and whether it tried to cover its tracks after the debacle. The Daily Beast reports that some U.S. intelligence officials had “strong indications” that the Benghazi attack was perpetrated by al-Qaeda affiliated groups just 24 hours after the assault.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens was in Benghazi that day to meet with officials over the hunt for ousted dictator Moammar Ghadafi’s weapons stockpiles and to open a cultural center. Ambassador Chris Stevens and information technology officer Sean Smith, in addition to two unnamed personnel, died in the attack and up to 10 Libyan security guards who battled the attackers also died.
Remember and be watchful:
Both of these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the West.
We as Americans have been so open and trusting and assume that all people are of similar mindset. It is obvious to anyone who studies history that there are always countries whose philosophy is built on taking by any means what they want rather than through competitive business practice and cooperative trading.
The US from the individual people all the way up through the ranks of military and Congress need to remember that just because we believe in equality and fair trade [or at least move in that direction], not all others do. We need to be aware and not allow ourselves to be blindsided by violence without trampling on the rights of the citizens.
I do remember and honor and pray for those who lost their lives to these acts of terrorism on US citizens.