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Scoot Blog: The anniversary of 9/11

For decades and for many generations, the date of December 7 would be remembered as the day America was attacked.  On this day in 2001, 12 years ago, the date of September 11 became another famous date marking an attack on America.

My Dad and his generation told stories about where they were when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and now new generations tell their stories about where they were and what they were first feeling, when America was attacked on September 11, 2013.

Americans most recognize anniversaries of the 1st year, 5th year…10 year and 5 year intervals of events.  Today is the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America, so many will not pay as much attention, but it is important for all Americans to annually reflect on this day and pay as much attention, even if it is not a particular milestone date.
Since the collapse of communism and end of the nuclear threat of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, Americans enjoyed a relatively strong sense of security. While there were incidents overseas that drew our military response,

+Americans lived with the security that no nation or group would ever attack America on our soil.  That sense of security was shattered on this day in 2001, when the first plane flew into one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The concept of America being attack by a foreign force was so incomprehensible that initial descriptions of what happened ranged from speculation that “a twin engine plane – maybe a sightseeing plane – had crashed into the World Trade Center,” to thoughts of the crash being a simple accident.

I was preparing for my morning radio show and just before going on the air I noticed breaking news on a TV monitor in the studio.  I soloed when I was 16 and got a student pilot license and I knew enough about flying and planes to immediately ascertain that what had happened was no accident.  I found myself disagreeing with national news anchors. who first believed a twin-engine plane – perhaps off course – had crashed into the World Trade Center.  It was obvious to me that this smoking gash in the North Tower of the WTC indicated this was a commercial-size jet and it was a clear day in New York – so this was no accident. As I was relating this to the audience, I watched live on the air as the second plane crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.  There are times in my career when I have felt an incredible sense of responsibility and that morning, I realized I would be telling the audience that America was under attack.

We all asked ourselves, “How could this happen? Who would do this?”  As we discovered after the fact, there were so many clues that this attack was being planned right in front of us, but our false sense of security allowed terrorists to enter America, train for their mission and execute the mission with Americans watching.  The primary reason it’s so important that we remember this day, whether it’s the 10th or 12th anniversary is because there was a degree of complacency prior to that attack as there was prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.  It’s fair to admit complacency – without that being misunderstood as bashing America.

There have been moments in the history of America when we have lost some of our innocence – the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John Kennedy and the attack on 9/11.  Those moments changed us in some ways forever, but in many ways we still are - and always will be the United States of America!

Let us remember this day as a moment we lost some of our innocence, but this is also a day when we realized the collective resolve that gave birth to this country is still the driving force that makes this the greatest nation on Earth.

God Bless America!
 


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09/11/2013 10:23AM
Scoot Blog: The anniversary of 9/11
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09/11/2013 1:47PM
The 9/11 'Attacks'
Scoot, you need to become a little less "innocent" about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. I suggest that you very carefully study video/photographic closeups of W.T.C. #1 and #2 as they 'collapse' and ask yourself a few more questions. There was, of course, the collapse of Bldg.#7 later on the day of Sept. 11. Think about that one, as well. Recommend that you also go to the internet site of 'Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth' - all very much available to anyone with a modicum of curiosity about the real world they live in. You have access to YouTube.com, don't you ?
09/11/2013 9:13PM
According to Obama America deserved it .. how dare you ask God to bless the
evil America ... Obama is dog feces.
09/11/2013 9:16PM
America is in rapid decline ... Obama is managing the fall of a once great
country.
09/11/2013 9:18PM
Liberals need to get their abortion numbers up ... too much human debris living
in the US.
09/11/2013 9:22PM
Obama is proof that most African Americans will never have a clue and never
assimilate into responsible citizens.
09/11/2013 10:30PM
While Putin is our enemy, he is a real player ... Obama is too worried about
making sure a former NBA player does not get teased about his desire for anal sex with other men. Obama works on the big issues.
09/11/2013 11:02PM
Well, Obama does spend a lot time with his head up his rear end ... guess he is
into the whole anal thing.
09/11/2013 11:06PM
According to the Obama IRS, patriot groups are considered terrorists ... no
wonder, Obama’s pastor hates American and the Bam sat under him for twenty years ....
09/11/2013 11:12PM
The Federal Reserve is spending 85 billion a month to prop up an incompetent,
black president ... perhaps it is time for a few folks to get over their white guilt.
09/11/2013 11:12PM
The Federal Reserve is spending 85 billion a month to prop up an incompetent,
black president ... perhaps it is time for a few folks to get over their white guilt.
09/11/2013 11:36PM
Obama is NOT misuderstood .. he BASHES America and is proud to do so ....
Obama is lower than pond scum.
09/11/2013 11:38PM
Too bad smoking does not kill its victims sooner ...
America is experiencing a slow death.
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