Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2017
BY Gary L. Bauer ‚Äč

Everyone remembers where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001.  I was driving past the Pentagon when a hijacked plane slammed into the nerve center of America's military power.  Much has happened in the 16 years since. 

But we can never look back on 9/11 as something that is done.  We look back at Pearl Harbor in remembrance because we won World War II.

The struggle that struck home on 9/11 continues.  The list of attacks on major Western cities is too long to include here.  Sadly, the jury is still out as to whether we are winning or losing this war against the radical Islamic supremacists.

In the 16 years since 9/11, Iran has emerged as a major power in the Middle East and is on the cusp of developing nuclear weapons.  We have lived through the so-called "Arab Spring," which turned into a nightmare.  We have seen the rise of ISIS and witnessed an ongoing genocide of Christians.  There have been repeated attacks on our homeland. 

For years we have implemented a bizarre immigration policy -- increasing immigration from majority-Muslim countries, even though everyone acknowledged there was no way to ensure that the "bad guys" didn't get in.  Thankfully, we elected a president committed to ending this insanity.  But he has been locked in a brutal battle with the courts trying to change that policy.

This morning at Ground Zero , the names of all 2,983 victims were read aloud.  Six moments of silence were also observed:  one for each moment when the Twin towers were hit, one for when each tower fell, one for the attack on the Pentagon and one for when United Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

President Trump observed a moment of silence at the White House and attended a ceremony at the Pentagon led by Secretary of Defense James Mattis.  Vice President Mike Pence spoke at an observance ceremony in Shanksville.

President Trump also declared today " Patriot Day. "  He urged Americans to thank service members and first responders, and to "rededicate ourselves to the ideals that define our country and unite us as one."