United We Stand
United We Stand
September 11, 2001. The United States changed today. Time will be reckoned, Before Towers and After Towers. Some of our freedoms may have to be curtailed- temporarily. Our life will be different. It will be a new American way of life.
On September 11, 2001, our hyphenated ethnic designations have melted away, now we’ll refer to ourselves as American. We are the new Americans.
Atrocity is too small a word to express the abomination in New York City and the Pentagon. The death of 5,000 people of the United States and from many countries around the world is real and horrifying. Many of my neighbors did that day.
As the flower children of the sixties, we sang, "Give Peace a Chance and All You Need is Love". We were naïve. We taught our children the world is populated with decent people, even while terrorism blighted the globe-drug cartels, criminal organizations, gangs, hate groups who increased domestic terrorism, Bin Laden and other fanatics of his ilk increased global terrorism-but until 9-11 it was on a small scale.
We tried diplomatic means, talking, negotiation, talking reasoning, we turned the other cheek more than once. We respected the citizens of the nations that harbor these monsters. Terrorists lived among us. We taught them in our own schools. Our hope was they would bring the high ideals of freedom and democracy back to the their homelands and improve the life of their people. WE WERE WRONG!!
We tried flower power, now we will use military power. We the children of the Greatest Generation must put away our flowers and take up arms to protect our way of life. We must put our children on the front line- of liberty. May we Baby Boomers live up to our parents legacy.
As our Rescue Workers toil at Ground Hero, let us be firm in our resolve.
United We Stand-We Shall Overcome-God Bless America.
JEANNE N. MURRAY