Today is a day of review, of remembrance–and of resolution. We cannot but consider all that has happened in our world since the terrible events of September 11, 2001. Nor will we ever forget those who were callously destroyed in the course of that day.
Most importantly, though, we must be resolved to learn the right lessons. Ignoring facts in pursuit of happy, wishful thinking does not cause us to be peacemakers, but rather to be those who cry “peace, peace when there is no peace.” To this day, there are many who work in common cause with bin Laden and his fellows (dead though they be) to destroy much that is right and good and true within our culture and our country.
Evil people (and yes, there are such) need no reason other than the dark and twisted desires of their own hearts to kill and to destroy. Reason is worthless. Submission is but a dangerous stopping place.
A thoughtful, measured, and forceful defense of those ideas, people and places we hold dear is the only response we must have to those who would desire to visit death and destruction upon us.