Watching TV specials commemorating the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the highjacked Flight 93, appropriately reminds us of the victims, their families, and the heroes.
Our nation was attacked by enemies who were cowards because they targeted innocent civilians rather than engage our military in battle. It reminds me of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, except the Japanese bombed ships and planes. Of course, there was collateral damage in Pearl Harbor, and I should not rank evil, yet 9/11 did not occur during a war between nations; instead, it was more like a drive-by shooting of innocents by criminals.
The tragedy united Americans, as tragedies seem to do. I remember the words of President Lincoln at Gettysburg: “…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth. “