A Departure from Golf for a Day
Tomorrow marks the 9th anniversary of the largest and most devastating attack ever on our country, and I'm having a hard time really thinking about golf things this morning. At the risk of being too "political," I just thought I would share some of my thoughts on this event, and how it changed all of our lives forever.

It seems that we've all let this mind-boggling event slip into distant memory, as we get distracted by the battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, the daily grinding to deal with the current state of our economy . . . and even more so by the fact that most of us haven't really been affected by this as it applies to our daily lives. Yes, the airport hassle is worse than it was pre-9/11, but for the most part, the fact that there are misguided zealots who have declared all out war on the U.S. and all free people passes us by on a daily basis.

It’s not at all like the last “world war”, when every man, woman and child sacrificed daily to support our efforts to turn back tyranny on both the European and Pacific fronts. Everything was rationed, and every penny our government could scrounge up was dedicated to the war effort – to winning. To preserving true freedom for people across the globe. I remain completely overwhelmed by what that generation of Americans did for people everywhere, and the huge sacrifices they made to ensure that victory. Not a single American was not touched deeply and completely by that effort.

But this one is different. We live our lives generally untouched and unaffected by the fact that there is a group of people, united by a twisted view of what their religion asks of them . . . who want us dead, or at the very least controlled and converted. They are zealous in this mission, and dedicated to its fulfillment. And they make for a very difficult foe, as they disdain any and all “rules” of warfare, and will stop at nothing to see their mission succeed.

I don’t know the solution, but it troubles me to see so many discount the nature of this true world war, declared by the actions of a few, supported by inaction of millions, and misunderstood by the vast majority of people everywhere.

I pray for our country and our future as we remember those victims of 9/11 who did not volunteer to fight and were not even given a chance to defend themselves against their attackers. I also pray that our leaders will find the courage to define the enemy, and stay vigilant in the defense of everything that America and Americans stand for, and have fought to the death to defend time and again. May our true, kind and benevolent God watch over us as we strive for meaning and victory once again.

Thanks for allowing me to share these thoughts with you on occasion. I promise to get back to the subject of golf and helping you improve your scoring on Tuesday.

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rmumph1 says:
Well said.
birdieXris says:
hear hear.
Banker85 says:
hard to believe it was nine years ago! We had a half day at school and i was in my buddies garage smoking pot and heard the news. blew my mind. I thank every man and woman who put there lives on the line for our freedom, True American Heros.
The People's Champ says:
Thank you for writing this short article.
As a veteran it makes me smile to see that some people "get it".
DoubleDingo says:
Agreed, well said. I was a big Bob and Tom fan back then, and I was listening to the radio while I got ready for to be moral support for a friend of mine in court that day. They were describing what had happened but I thought it was a joke so I didn't pay too close attention. After court was over I went to work and some coworkers in the office asked what I thought of what happened to the Twin Towers. I asked them what they were talking about. And then I went to traffic operations center and they had the news on tv. I couldn't believe it.
stedar says:
The world did change.
Peoples beliefs did not.
How any person(S) could have so little regard for their own life and the life of others overwhelms me.
We live with them and we do not recognize them.
Increasing security which make us feel better, but really does nothing to stop them.
How men can be so easily manipulated to sacrifice their own life for what they have been led to believe in.
Are we, as a being, so weak?
cervelostar says:
I feel the same way Terry! That's why I joined the ARMY to help fight this enemy in 2008. I have been to Afghanistan and seen the enemy. He looks exactly like every other civilian over there. No black dress, or colored head-dress to distinguish himself as a combatant. Their use of phsy-ops is something to contend with as well. I hope we never forget 9/11 but we Americans would rather bury our heads in a cup of Starbucks then be inconvenienced by some war taking place on the other side of the world.
I believe if we don't fight them on their soil, then they will certainly bring the fight to us in North America. And I would hate to see that happen to my family or yours, here at home.
May God Bless America.
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