Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Memory of Those Who Died 7 Years Ago Today and Those Who Have Since Died in Iraq and Afghanistan

Seven years ago today the world changed in a few moments when war came to the shores of our country for the first time since the British came to subdue the rebellious American colonies.

In the hopes of deterring another such horrific blow, American troops have been deployed in first Afghanistan and now Iraq since soon after that fateful day. And while the situation in Iraq seems to be improving at the moment, the situation in Afghanistan is taking a worse turn. This means that more American troops are scheduled to be shifted to Afghanistan, where America first struck in retaliation for 9/11.

I do not take political positions in this blog or elsewhere. Yet I do want to say that I hope Americans understand how important it is for the United States to appear strong in the eyes of the world. To appear to be weak is an invitation for destruction.

Our thanks as a nation should go out to all our military personnel – men and women – who serve in harm’s way to protect our country and its freedoms.

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