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National Security

A 9/11 Retrospective

Honoring those who perished, and those defending our nation in the Long War today.

Publius · Sep. 11, 2019

“None of us will ever forget this day. Yet we go forward to defend freedom, and all that is good and just in our world.” —President George W. Bush on the evening of September 11, 2001

Today we solemnly mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our nation, when 2,977 innocents, mostly American citizens, were murdered by 19 Islamic fascists. There were 2,763 people murdered in New York, including the passengers and crew of AA flight 11 and UA flight 175. The victims included 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 police officers, and 37 Port Authority officers. At the Pentagon, 189 people were murdered, including 64 aboard AA flight 77. In Pennsylvania, 44 people were murdered aboard AA flight 93. More than 6,000 others were injured. Though mostly U.S. citizens, the victims were also from 77 other countries. (For more details about the attack, link to our retrospective page.)

This was not just an attack against America. It was an attack against the unalienable rights of all people to “life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Elsewhere in the United States we have suffered jihadist attacks in San Bernardino, Fort Hood, Orlando, Boston, Chattanooga, Little Rock, and Manhattan. Many other cities around the world have suffered Islamist attacks: London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Manchester, Nice, Bali, Mumbai, Sri Lanka, Nairobi, Ankara, Belsan, and others.

We invite you to join with us as we offer our support and prayers for the families of the WTC, Pentagon, and Shanksville victims, and for our Armed Forces who are now serving on the front lines in the Long War to contain Islamic terrorism. Despite paying a heavy price for appeasement of jihadi terrorists under the last administration, under the current one there is cause for renewed hope of success against this lethal threat.

From 9/11 to this date, the U.S. has thwarted well over 100 planned Islamist attacks on our nation, and we must remain vigilant to avoid another catastrophic attack on our homeland. But the Islamist threat abroad continues to add attacks to its indiscriminate and murderous record.

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