People that day - normal Americans - acted with incredible bravery. Some of us remember; some of us hope that strength is in us.
As a nation, we have buried our heads in the sand. As a people, we refuse even to NAME the source of the attack, for fear of being thought mean or intolerant.
NO. To see and to speak TRUTH is not any of those. Yes, yes, yes - let's say it out loud not all muslims are terrorists yadda yadda no kidding dumbo. But since the days of the Barbary pirates it is fanatical muslims who ARE at war with US and all of western civilization. They have declared it; they have acted on it, time and again.
We cannot possibly combat an enemy we refuse even to NAME. The name is radical islam. It is NOT a religion (and for damned sure it is not a "religion of peace" - what tripe); it is an ideological governance system based on intolerance, racism, and hatred, clothed in the trappings of a religion.
And don't give me crap about "well Christians had the Crusades so they're just as bad" because such statements demonstrate that YOU are an ignorant fool.
Show me - TODAY - where Christians commonly BEHEAD those who disagree with them. Where they RAPE 6-year-olds multiple times a day in the name of their god. Where they STONE homosexuals to death - or hang them publicly. Where women are treated worse than dirt. Where shoplifters have their hands CUT OFF publicly.
Nowhere; neither Christians nor Jews nor Hindus nor Buddhists nor any of the other major world religions have adherents who REGULARLY and PUBLICLY carry out such vicious acts. Except radical islam.
Not only is this common among radical islam - it gets even WORSE. Just in this past week they hog-tied other muslims (different sub-group, therefore sub-human, I guess), hung them from chains, and then ROASTED them ALIVE - with cameras running.
Did you know that 80% (yes, eighty percent) of rapes in Sweden last year were by islamic immigrants/refugees - almost all against Swedish nationals? In Norway it was worse - 100% - ALL - rapes for the year were by muslims, against Norwegians. Because their intolerant, hate-filled ideology permits this; infidel women are for using and discarding. Europe, by permitting all the refugees (that other muslim countries WILL NOT ACCEPT) streaming in now, has signed its own suicide note. All that's left is the timing.
THIS IS THE ENEMY WE FACE.
LOOK at who they are. FACE IT. Because if you will NOT face it, not admit it, turn your head and call ME intolerant - they WILL come after you. And me. And your children, friends, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
May God have mercy on us all, and give us the courage to stand against evil in ALL its forms. It does NOT start with people; its source is far deeper, stronger, and more deadly than any person or group of persons. But its manifestation is in the acts of people who willingly do its work. Why? Being deceived, perhaps. Wanting power, perhaps. The why is not so compelling to me as the manifestation - which we must stand against, always, with all we have.
Ephesians 6: 11 - 17 (NASB; from Biblehub):
11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual [forces] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil [one]. 17And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.