Sunday, March 23, 2008

We seem to have forgotten

People hate President Bush, they hate the war and they hate hate. People are forgetting why we are in the war, don't understand why is it not done yet and use Mr. Bush as the scapegoat. Let me take a moment to remind you why we are in a war for our freedom.

On that morning, nineteen terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Each team of hijackers included a member who had undergone some pilot training. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners (American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 ) into the World Trade Center in New York City, one plane into each tower (1 WTC and 2 WTC), resulting in the collapse of both buildings soon afterward and extensive damage to nearby buildings. The hijackers crashed a third airliner (American Airlines Flight 177) into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia , near Washington D.C. Passengers and members of the flight crew on the fourth aircraft(United Airlines Flight 93) attempted to retake control of their plane from the hijackers; that plane crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania .

Aside from the 19 hijackers, 2974 people died as an immediate result of the attacks, and the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to WTC dust. Another 24 people are missing and presumed dead, bringing the total number of victims to 2,998, the overwhelming majority of whom were civilians . The dead included nationals from over 80 different countries. (

If we end our war now then we are disregarding the lives of those lost due to terrorism. Interesting how everyone was so patriotic at first. Flags sprouted up everywhere, people sported flag shirts and "support our troops" decals suddenly appeared on the backs of cars. Now we hate war? Now we hate justice for those who were taken from us so violently and maliciously? War is terrible but necessary.

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