The tributes to the victims, heroes and survivors of what will be known for years as 9/11 were heartfelt and profound. There are some who say we should now forget and move on. Not while we are still at war.
"Eternal vigilence is the price of liberty," said the abolitionist Wendell Phillips. And Thomas Paine said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
One hardcore cynic -- Paul Krugman of The New York Times -- said 9/11 had been hijacked by Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush to advance policies of the neoconservatives. How sick is that?
Did you see the NFL’s tribute to the 9/11 victims? In Chicago before the game, an enormous American flag was rolled out across the field. Players and cops and firefighters held onto it while a magnificent singer sang the national anthem. The crowd cheered throughout. I have never heard that done before.
Forget? Never. If we do, we will be doomed to repeat this horror over and over again. Know your enemy, because you can be sure he knows you and is serious about his goals.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: September 13, 2011