'United' America that followed 9/11 deeply needed now
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Chad Groening, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
The terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in 2001 bonded Americans together, albeit temporarily. Years later, it's a nation deeply divided on many fronts – including the ongoing war on terrorism. Why?
Seventeen years ago today, America changed forever. September 11, 2001 – the fateful day when commercial airliners carrying passengers slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field – was also a Tuesday. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and more than 6,000 others injured. The attacks using hijacked aircraft were the deadliest terrorist act in world history, and the most devastating foreign attack on U.S. soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Terrorism expert and author Brigitte Gabriel is founder and president of ACT for America. She recalls how the terrible events of that day bonded Americans together – for a while, at least.
"On that fateful in 2001, America came together as one united people," she tells OneNewsNow. "We were not Republicans, we were not Democrats, we were not libertarians – we were Americans who came together for the love of our country, bonded together with our patriotism."
But the national unity didn't last. Fast forward to September 11, 2018 – and Gabriel argues that America's very values as a Judeo-Christian nation now are under attack:
"The flag that once flew on every street corner is now considered a hate symbol on college campuses. Athletes who used to break out in tears of pride during the national anthem are now kneeling in protest. Patriotism is seen as hateful. Freedom of speech is being eliminated by the tyranny of tolerance. And police are being targeted by criminals while the mainstream media victimizes their killers."
Pentagon analyst Robert Maginnis, who was at his post that day, acknowledges the U.S. has won a string of battles against Islamic terrorism but notes that the struggle is far from over.
"The terrorists are strong today. They're well-embedded across the world. Al Qaida is stronger than it was on 9/11," Maginnis points out. "So this is something that's going to take, at best, decades to clean up, if ever." Along the way, says Maginnis, Americans have given up some significant civil liberties.
Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contends that current events are still playing out along a timeline that began on that Tuesday.
"I think that's one of the reasons that Donald Trump was elected president," Land tells OneNewsNow. "I think that the people did not feel that the Obama administration was taking this idea of the safety of the country seriously."
Zzzzzzz ... everything's fine
Was the Obama administration itself not taking the terror threat seriously – or was it merely reflecting a general apathy among Americans toward that threat? The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry suggests Americans have a great ability to "go back to sleep," no matter the crisis.
"Human nature is to believe that's everything's fine, that life is going to go on forever just fine," says Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries. "The radical Islamic world is intent on us not moving on and enjoying life to the fullest. And Americans need to wake up and realize that the battle is not over – but I don't think they realize that."
And Markell says today's "civilization jihad" is more about the ballot box than flying planes into buildings.
"They do have some candidates [running for public office]," she notes. "Minnesota has Keith Ellison running for attorney general [and] a Muslim running for 5th District House of Representatives [the seat vacated by Ellison]. And there are others: Mr. Carson in Indiana, various positions within Michigan – Detroit, heavily. So I just think Americans need to put their sensors up, whether its civilization jihad or whether it's airplanes flying into buildings."
President Donald Trump joined an observance today near a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania – the site where one hijacked airliner crashed on 9/11. And Vice President Mike Pence attended a ceremony at the Pentagon, which was targeted by another airliner.
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