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Who Was In Our Ranks on September 11th?

September 11th. A lot of words get tossed around on this day and a lot has happened since that day where nearly 3,000 people died  – people of all walks of life.

Since then the area has been a touchy subject, both literally and figuratively. It has been a soapbox for some on the right to claim endurance for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and the continued pressure on Iran. Likewise it has been a soapbox for the people on the left to have us just drop it and have a mosque built next to it. I have no concern on either of these issues or platforms but I do have an interest in the crisis it created.

With any crisis we are confused, scared, and bewildered. In this case, we also became patriotic. Most Americans took it as a slap in the face and wanted to serve justice to those who were responsible. We pumped our fists, waved our flags, and got on our bullhorns and proclaimed like we did with Pearl Harbor that we were going to go whoop some ass. And whooping some ass we did. But did we whoop the right ass?

Maybe we did kill some bad guys. I don’t doubt we did. I think, however, that we are walking away with many pieces of shrapnel in the back of our heads from the grenades that the government threw. Maybe those grenades were faulty or maybe those grenades were not tossed in the correct direction, but the fact remains that we have shrapnel. Of course I am talking about such things as the PATRIOT Act and the bump of the NSA wire-taps. And since then, many other things…

I don’t want to dwell on those things as this is a day to mourn those lost. I just want to bring to light that in times of crisis we must not only charge the enemy… but also remember to look behind us to make sure we don’t have assassins flanking us or spys in our ranks.

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"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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