Our world changed 9 years ago today. We have a responsibility to both understand how it changed and to appreciate why it changed. There are those, of whom the hijackers were representatives, who desire the end of our civilization.

Forgetting is desirable for my own peace of mind. I derive no joy from watching, once again, as human beings fall out of a burning building, flipping, turning in the air and finally hitting the ground–no longer human. But what is important, my peace of mind or the continual reminder that we must understand our enemy, that we must realize that those who would desire the end of us as a people, as a nation, are at war with us–regardless of what we may think of them.