Remembering Victims on Patriot Day

Anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001
Anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001

September 11 has come around this year, and it’s time to remember the victims of the tragic events that took place seven years ago on this day, which each anniversary has become to be known as Patriot Day.  There are several ways people can show tribute or pay their respects.  People remember where they were on that day, tell stories, visit memorials, have a moment of silence, salute, etc.

Many things are to be expected at a time like this.  Both presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, will be making an appearance together in New York City at the former site of the World Trade Center.  Band members play at commemoration ceremonies attended by the President.  But there are still other things that we have to wonder about. 

New polls on this day show that concerns of another terrorist are at its lowest level since September 11, 2001.  Well, that would make since, maybe time does heal all wounds.  Only 30 percent of Americans feel that a terrorist attack is imminent over the next several week.  One may think that’s high, but that’s actually relatively low in comparison, there’s been a more and more of a decline in recent years.  But on the other hand, what has risen over the past year is the belief of Americans that Osama bin Laden will be captured.  That’s about half of America. 

Looking outside of the anniversary of the day, let’s look back at the day and the mastermind who headed up the operation.  Several terrorist got together in airplanes, hijacked them, and crashed them in various places on the east coast.  The responsible party was almost immediately figured out.  But seven years later he still remains free.  There are some that believe he’s dead, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.  But rest assure, if it isn’t him, then someone in their hierarchy still still watching, waiting and/or planning another attack.  To religious extremist, their job isn’t done until their mission is complete, and apparently the United States of America stands in their way of getting what they want. 

Not for nothin’, but I feel bad for the victims of the terror attacks.  Osama bin Laden is number one on the FBI most wanted list for killing thousands of Americans.  He is the face of a criminal organization that RICO laws, which work so well for most criminal organizations, but will not work to take him down.  That should be the more important story today.  And to the victims, it must be incredibly hard to stomach that you’ve lost someone so close to you in such a vicious, heinous, and infamous event, and the person held responsible has not been captured, killed or brought to justice.  It sucks, it’s infuriating, it’s gut-wrenching, it’s everything that you’d never imagine in a million years.  It’s a hard pill to swallow, I don’t know how you deal with it…but then again, I do.

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