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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

What's the sense of sending $2 million missiles to hit a $10 tent that's empty? --George W. Bush, private Oval Office meeting, September 13, 2001

Take a moment and go to and watch the clip of the men, women, and children who died on September 11, 2001. Five years later and the pain and anger is still there. Watch the entire clip. You may have seen this already. But there is nothing like a reminder like this to put our lives into perspective. Over 100 men and women jumped from the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. A woman, 7 months pregnant, working in the World Trade Center jumped to her death on September 11, 2001 because of the intense flames and heat. That is a jump of 1200 feet. If you have skydived or were a paratrooper you know that falling from that height you have enough time to deploy your parachute and live. 3,200 children lost a parent on that day. Most people who died were men between the age of 30-45 years old. Most of these men had wives, children, a thriving career, and a mortgage payment. Sound familiar?

What happened on September 11, 2001 was a cancer growing while America was sleeping. In the 70's during the Carter Administration, American Embassy occupants in Iran were kidnapped for over a year. We did nothing. During the Reagan Administration, terrorists killed about 300 Marines in Lebanon. We did nothing. At the end of Ronald Reagan's presidency, Reagan admitted that this would come back and bite us in the butt. During George Bush's Senior Administration terrorists were growing and we did not complete the mission during Operation Desert Storm as we should have. During the Clinton Administration, he practically dismantled the Military, crippled the CIA, turned the FBI into his puppets, turned a blind eye to Somalia, the USS Cole, the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and the twin bombing of the US embassies in Africa. We did nothing. We were all too busy making money and living as if in a cocoon during the 90's here in the USA.

On September 11, 2001 we paid a price for our apathy. Today is a day to remember those who lost their lives.

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