It's human nature to let that horrific day sink further and further into our mental background. If there was one day, however, that we have to fight this instinct, it would be Sept. 11, 2001.
Leslie at Temple of Mut reminds us of why noting that her 10-year old son has known nothing but this country at war with our enemies:
And here’s a passage from Lee Harris’s Civilization And Its Enemies.
Forgetfulness occurs when those who have been long inured to civilized order can no longer remember a time in which they had to wonder whether their crops would grow to maturity without being stolen or their children sold into slavery by a victorious foe.
They forget that in time of danger, in the face of the Enemy, they must trust and confide in each other, or perish.They forget, in short, that there has ever been a category of human experience called the Enemy. And that, before 9/11, was what had happened to us. The very concept of the Enemy had been banished from our moral and political vocabulary. An enemy was just a friend we hadn’t done enough for — yet. Or perhaps there had been a misunderstanding, or an oversight on our part — something that we could correct. And this means that that our first task is that we must try to grasp what the concept of the Enemy really means.
The Enemy is someone who is willing to die in order to kill you. And while it is true that the Enemy always hates us.
A special thanks to the first responders who instead of running away from the sound of chaos, instead, ran towards it, especially those FDNY firefighters who knew they were probably not going to make it back once they started up the stairtowers of the soon-to-be felled Twin Towers.
And a special thanks to those men and women in our armed forces who took the fight to our enemy ensuring as much peace and tranquility on our shores as could be hoped for over these past 11 years.
May God bless them and may God watch over the souls of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in aiding their fellow Americans and those defending us from our enemies.