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(OPINION) 9/11 Cannot Be Forgotten, Nor America’s Unique Purpose

Updated: Sep 12, 2021

If you are near Michigan State University’s campus, stop by the 9/11 Memorial at the MSU Rock where 2,977 American flags have been planted.

Author: Sergei Kelley

The same unique purpose of America which angered terrorists to attack us is the same purpose that must remain bright, true, and steadfast.

Twenty years ago, four planes sent the Twin Towers crumbling, resulting in over 2,000 Americans dead. Those Americans, like others at the crumbling side of the Pentagon, were murdered by Islamist terrorists who sought to wreak havoc, panic, and fear over the United States.

It cannot be forgotten that Americans were murdered in both our Capitol and the financial capital of the world, New York City. Two great landmarks, one with clamors of democracy, emblems to America’s historical progress, and halls to the wills of a free and individualistic people. The other, a beckon to the prosperity attained by unleashed human potential, ingenuity, and trade, hallmarks a driven people.

Terror attacks are not new, nor are they isolated to the United States, but no attack was meant to send a stronger message than when dust clouded Manhattan on September 11, 2001.

Proponents of radical Islam who attacked and encouraged the 9/11 attack did not dislike America. They hated it. As was exposed, the Muslim Brotherhood and many others see the most free nation in the world as the “Great Satan.” Such terrorists only want this nation to be destroyed, from within and from outside.

Twin Towers attacked on 9/11

Americans must ask and remind ourselves that this hate for America grew with the fall of the Twin Towers, and remains, even after several eliminations of top terrorists and terrorist groups.

This hate should not be appeased nor brushed aside as mild socioeconomic or political differences. 9/11 was not “some people did something,” as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) so poorly equated.

Because the World Trade Center in New York City stood as two beacons of prosperity initiated and grown by free people doing free enterprise, based in Judeo-Christian ethics, it and America was hated.

Because the Pentagon and Washington, D.C., not only show the might and power of a nation “of the people,” that has fought as a force for good, upheld Western ideals, and gone against evils of the world, America was hated.

There is no argument that America is imperfect, but of its calamities, it has sought to rectify them. From slavery, women’s suffrage, and desegregation, America’s founding principles and abilities provided for its movement towards perfection.

While we may be seeing a downturn, there is no other united nation with greater mobility, opportunity, and independence of the individual to make a better life and pass a better life onto their children.

Lower Manhattan today

Americans cannot forget the uniqueness of our nation which goes against the evils of the world, including radical Islamic terrorists who murdered thousands of innocent lives on 9/11.

As a free people, we cannot forget the bravery of those of Flight 93, who gave their lives to prevent an additional attack on 9/11. Nor can we forget those who have served before and after 9/11 against tyrants in Europe, the Evil Empire, Red China, and Imperial Japan, to terrorists, dictators, and militant forces in the Middle East.

America’s unique purpose is to keep our beacon of freedom lit so the shining city on a hill perseveres and grows. On this twentieth anniversary of 9/11, remember the lives murdered, remember the countless American families impacted, remember those who have served, and remember what America is and what keeps us unique.

If you are near Michigan State University’s campus, stop by the 9/11 Memorial at the MSU Rock where 2,977 American flags have been planted.

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