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Eight years ago today

By Ralph Peters

Eight years ago today, our homeland was attacked by fanatical Muslims inspired by Saudi
Arabian bigotry. Three thousand American citizens and residents died.

We resolved that we, the People, would never forget. Then we forgot.

We've learned nothing.

Instead of cracking down on Islamist extremism, we've excused it.

Instead of killing terrorists, we free them.

Instead of relentlessly hunting Islamist madmen, we seek to appease them.

Instead of acknowledging that radical Islam is the problem, we elected a president who
blames America, whose idea of freedom is the right for women to suffer in silence behind a
veil -- and who counts among his mentors and friends those who damn our country or
believe that our own government staged the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Instead of insisting that freedom will not be infringed by terrorist threats, we censor works
that might offend mass murderers. Radical Muslims around the world can indulge in viral
lies about us, but we dare not even publish cartoons mocking them.

Instead of protecting law-abiding Americans, we reject profiling to avoid offending


terrorists. So we confiscate granny's shampoo at the airport because the half-empty
container could hold 3.5 ounces of liquid.

Instead of insisting that Islamist hatred and religious apartheid have no place in our
country, we permit the Saudis to continue funding mosques and madrassahs where hating
Jews and Christians is preached as essential to Islam.

Instead of confronting Saudi hate-mongers, our president bows down to the Saudi king.

Instead of recognizing the Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi cult as the core of the problem, our
president blames Israel.

Instead of asking why Middle Eastern civilization has failed so abjectly, our president
suggests that we're the failures.

Instead of taking every effective measure to cull information from terrorists, the current
administration threatens CIA agents with prosecution for keeping us safe.

Instead of proudly and promptly rebuilding on the site of the Twin Towers, we've committed
ourselves to the hopeless, useless task of rebuilding Afghanistan. (Perhaps we should
have built a mosque at Ground Zero -- the Saudis would've funded it.)
Instead of taking a firm stand against Islamist fanaticism, we've made a cult of negotiations
-- as our enemies pursue nuclear weapons; sponsor terrorism; torture, imprison, rape and
murder their own citizens -- and laugh at us.

Instead of insisting that Islam must become a religion of responsibility, our leaders in both
parties continue to bleat that "Islam's a religion of peace," ignoring the curious absence of
Baptist suicide bombers.

Instead of requiring new immigrants to integrate into our society and conform to its public
values, we encourage and subsidize anti-American, woman-hating, freedom-denying
bigotry in the name of toleration.

Instead of pursuing our enemies to the ends of the earth, we help them sue us.

We've dishonored our dead and whitewashed our enemies. A distinctly unholy alliance
between fanatical Islamists abroad and a politically correct "elite" in the US has reduced
9/11 to the status of a non-event, a day for politicians to preen about how little they've
done.

We've forgotten the shock and the patriotic fury Americans felt on that bright September
morning eight years ago. We've forgotten our identification with fellow citizens leaping from
doomed skyscrapers. We've forgotten the courage of airline passengers who would not
surrender to terror.

We've forgotten the men and women who burned to death or suffocated in the Pentagon.
We've forgotten our promises, our vows, our commitments.

We've forgotten what we owe our dead and what we owe our children. We've even
forgotten who attacked us.

We have betrayed the memory of our dead. In doing so, we betrayed ourselves and our
country. Our troops continue to fight -- when they're allowed to do so -- but our politicians
have surrendered.

Are we willing to let the terrorists win?

Note: Ralph Peters' new thriller, "The War After Armageddon," goes on sale next Tuesday.