From Senator Andy Harris
“Today, we remember the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. That day, innocent men, women, and children were brutally murdered in an act unimaginable to the American people. Planes, a source of excitement to young children as they fly across the sky, were turned into missiles.
As we remember the families of the victims, let us take time to ask the Almighty to give them comfort. Let us use their grief as a reminder of what will occur if we, as a nation, fail to see this global War on Terror to victory.
This war, in which we find ourselves engaged, is not a war over land or economic profit. This is a battle for the very existence of Western civilization. The very freedoms on which our nation was founded were attacked on September 11, 2001.
Our nation has two choices in this global War on Terror. Our nation can bring our troops home and thus bring terrorism back to our shores; or our nation can stay on the offensive and take the battle to the very roots of Islamic radicalism around the world. The safety of our families and the future of our freedoms require us to stay steadfast in our resolve.
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Thomas Paine once said, “If there must be war, let it be in my time, that my children might have peace.”
If America fails to stand strong against the radical Islamic terrorists, we will commit our children and our children’s children to a fight for generations to come. As a father of five, I cannot in good conscience allow that to occur.
Future generations will not judge the actions of our nation based on how we responded the days after September 11, 2001, but on whether our nation had the resolve to fight this battle through to ultimate victory.
On this anniversary, let us be resolved to hold fast in the fight against Islamic radicalism. Though this fight may not end today or tomorrow, we have no choice but to see it through to ultimate victory. The price of failure, the future freedom of our children, is at stake.
God Bless America.”