The forces of Islamists have been at war with the United States since at least the late '70s, but it took the sneak attack of Sept. 11, 2001, to awaken us from the easy slumber of self-deception.
President George W. Bush, standing on the rubble of the World Trade Center, proclaimed a "war on terrorism" and said, "I hear you and that soon the people who knocked these building down will hear us all."
The galvanized patriotic response of the nation and the full force of our armed forces harkened back to December 1941 and another day of infamy.
On this anniversary, we need to reaffirm our principles of freedom and stare down tyranny in all its forms. We are duty-bound as a matter of morality and self-defense.
At a time when the threat remains high, we must not waver in our appreciation of the cost and demand on the treasure and blood of our heroes if we are to allow Old Glory to remain the symbol of freedom and decency for all.
ROBERT F. AGOSTINELLI
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