It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since that brilliant Tuesday morning where, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Many have fallen back into a 9/10 mentality as time separates us from the attacks. Make no mistake – it is no coincidence that we have not been attacked in the last eight years. I will be forever grateful to President Bush and his administration for recognizing that we face evil, depraved enemies who are willing to die for their twisted cause and that this kind of enemy needs to be hunted down and captured or killed before another single American life is lost. Many wring their hands over “enhanced interrogation techniques” that garnered information about future attacks. The same group has the naive belief that sitting down with our mortal enemies will persuade them to cast aside their murderous intentions. We dishonor the memories of those who perished on that day if we do not remain vigilant in our commitment to fight terrorists in any corner of the world and to use all necessary means to prevent another attack.