We stop to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on Americans and peace loving people all over the world. Tragically, the world is a more dangerous place than it was six years ago as opportunists and charlatans played to our patriotism.
Terrorists grow in an environment of chaos, poverty, and resentment. There were no terrorists in Iraq in 2002; now it is a breeding ground for hatred and murder. It is only a matter of time until Pakistan is thrown into civil war.
The lack of communications and orderly command lead to the tragic deaths of hundreds of firefighters and police officers as well as civilians. Recommendations to install those communication systems made in the 1990's were ignored by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Even today they are not fully implemented.
Patriotism is not braving the television cameras,
strolling strutting across the deck of an aircraft carrier or wandering about the twisted wreckage.
Patriotism is stewardship, protecting the innocent and the Constitution.