Today marks the 14th year since the greatest nation on earth faced for the second time in 100 years a day that will live in infamy. After the attack on Pearl Harbor the Japanese said, “A sleeping giant was shaken from a peaceful slumber.” On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists murdered over 3,000 innocent American men, women, and children in an attack that shocked the world.
The savage acts of the Islamic terrorists forced the United States of America to act to protect American citizens and to prevent any future Islamic terrorists from murdering innocent American men, women, and children. President George W. Bush promised the American people that he would track down the people responsible for the attacks and that he would bring them to justice. President Bush kept his promise.
The Centre for Research on Globalization reported that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were the most expensive in the history of the United States of America. It is estimated that both wars severely wounded over 6,476 marines and American fighting men and women. Over 1,715 brave men and women of the American armed forces lost arms and legs fighting to protect and defend their country.
In visits to the Walter Reed Medical Center in 2010, 2011, the present writer observed soldiers long after the lights and microphones were gone following return home ceremonies. The faces of the brave men and women showed the toil of fighting the result of what the Islamic terrorists did on September 11, 2001. From 2010 to 2012 Walter Reed Medical Center treated over 300 men and women in Washington, D.C., who had given their limbs in service to their nation. Visits to the Georgia Avenue facility revealed the real costs for what the attacks forced on America.
The ambush and sucker punch that the killers inflicted on an unsuspecting American nation was intended to create pain and suffering. As all attempts to trick and deceive innocent people go, the September 11, 2001, attacks used American airlines to destroy American lives without regard for innocent people. No American suspected that the planes could be used as weapons of mass destruction. President Bush created the Department of Homeland Security to protect the nation and to make certain American airlines would never be used in that manner again. Since his brilliant creation of the Department of Homeland Security there has not been a single American airline used to murder innocent men, women, and children by Islamic terrorists.
President George W. Bush served his nation well. Today America remembers the great Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The promise to never forget continues as the nation is alert and never sleeping on the threat of terrorism again.
September 11, 2001, and the innocent American men, women, and children who lost their lives to Islamic terrorism and hate will never be forgotten.