Originally Published: September 11, 2006 4 a.m.
Five years ago today Americans learned a hard lesson about Islamic facism.
No sane person would have dreamed anyone would hijack an airliner and fly it into a building killing himself and everyone else on the plane to prove a point.
Now, after the destruction of the World Trade Center, the devastation at the Pentagon and brave passengers forcing the crash of United Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania, we should know.
We are at war against a cruelly ingenious, suicidal enemy who thinks we have no right to live and who thinks it's his destiny to kill himself if it kills a lot of us as well.
On Sept. 11, 2001, many pundits said the attacks had changed our lives forever, but now we have lived the truth of it for five years. No matter when we get out of Iraq, never again can we dare to let our guard down.
As President Bush said so aptly this week, our determined, relentless enemy, who thinks he's getting even for the Crusades, has an entirely different concept of time, sense of purpose and determination than we have. He has to be right only once as he was on Sept. 11, 2001, and nearly was again recently when he planed to destroy airliners bound from London to the U.S. to wreak devastation and misery on us. We have to be right all the time to prevent it.
In honor of those who died, let's not forget the fact we are in a war or forget the nature of our enemy.
And let us also honor those who have died on 9/11 and since to protect our way of life. Let us be free and participating citizens of our country. Tomorrow, let's go exercise the right to vote that so many have died to preserve for us.