?Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.? - Ronald Reagan
It?s approaching three years since 19 Arab Muslim hijackers took box cutters and commandeered four huge passenger jets loaded with thousands of pounds of jet fuel and stuck two of them into the World Trade Center, another into the Pentagon and crashed a fourth, intended for the Capitol Building, into a field in western Pennsylvania.
Thousands of moms and dads, sons and daughters, policemen and firemen from the United-don?t-mess-with-me-States of America, as well as from 80 other nations, were annihilated in one bloody morning of terror.
On September 11, 2001, the world changed ? forever.
The terrorists would love nothing more than to keep us trembling before their heavily bearded, wild-eyed, non-prophetic, violent maledictions. They would love to upset our lifestyle and freedoms and have us paralyzed into passivity while waiting for Al Qaeda?s next move.
As patriotic Americans, our response should be threefold.
1. Live in ?No Fear? of them. We cannot bow to their threats. We cannot be crippled in terror of the terrorists and subsequently be reduced to timidity, slavery and isolation. It?s time ?We the People? embrace the motto of the Xtreme sport junkies with respect to their radical pursuits, and make it part of the posture of how we live our lives in the face of danger: ?No Fear.?
I thank God that we are sending and will continue to send a thunderous message to our would-be destroyers that if they really want to play the intimidation game ? then we will send a multigenerational, first-world military shockwave through their quaint, archaic culture.
Come on, America: we?ve got to stay on the offensive. Play as smart and hard as Michael Jordan did, and do it until we?ve thoroughly outfaced the brow of their bragging horror.
2. Live Constructively in Fear. I?m not talking about the fear they wish to induce, but a righteous caution, a heightened sense of discernment that will assist us tremendously and reduce their success rates drastically. We should live with a healthy dose of suspicion. We should walk in wisdom and in caution, and pay attention to someone or something that alarms us.
Healthy fear makes you cautious. It takes the rose-colored glasses off your nose, and it could save your life.
If the terrorists want us to live in fear, then we will fear ? our way.
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