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Trump’s Shanksville Speech Provides the Answer to 9/11

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on September 14, 2018 23:51

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In contrast to a Bush-Obama legacy of despair and loss, Trump’s 9/11 Shanksville Flight 93 National Memorial address is a bold call to action: “Free people are never at the mercy of evil because our destiny is always in our hands. America’s future is not written by our enemies. America’s future is written by our heroes.”

If 2016 was, in the words of former NSC-staffer Michael Anton, “The Flight 93 Election,” then President Trump’s Flight 93 National Memorial dedication in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11th, articulated an answer to 9/11:


He declared: “We’re here to pay solemn tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members on Flight 93 who rose up, defied the enemy, took control of their destiny, and changed the course of history.”


Had the Bush or Obama administrations taken this path of confrontation, instead of dwelling on loss, encouraging victimhood, or dreaming of winning “hearts and minds” through “spreading democracy” against an “Axis of Evil” because “Islam means Peace”-- radical Islamic terror might have been defeated in a swift, decisive and terrible military confrontation as in the cases of Germany and Japan.


Bush’s “Department of Homeland Security” did not secure the nation, despite spending billions of dollars. Tragically, almost every terrorist attacker since 9/11 was a “known wolf” listed in some government database. Sadly, the “Intelligence Community” permitted follow-up attacks across the nation, from San Bernardino to Orlando.
 
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan proved ineffective, as we permitted the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS to live to fight another day. Meanwhile, government secrecy policies concealed institutionalized cowardice ranging from appeasement to collaboration with Islamic terrorists around the world.
 
Heroes who could have provided inspiration were sidelined, including the SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden, their photographs of bin Laden’s corpse suppressed from the American public—unlike Hitler’s, Mussolini’s or even Che Guevara’s.
 
Had Trump’s Flight 93 strategy been implemented immediately after 9/11, America might have followed in the footsteps of:
 
*Jasper Schuringa, Dutch hero of Northwest Flight 253, who foiled a 2009 Christmas bombing attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab;  
 
*Anthony Sadler, Jr., Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone, who stopped Ayoub El-Khazzani’s 2015 terror attack on Thalys train 9364, memorialized in Clint Eastwood’s sadly neglected 2017 labor of love The 15:17 to Paris;  


*Police officer Greg Stevens, who confronted ISIS-inspired gunman Elton Simpson when he attempted to shoot-up a 2015 Mohammed cartoon exhibition in Garland, Texas.
 
Heroes like these, among others, would be known to every schoolchild. Their courage could have been legendary.
 
In contrast to the Bush-Obama legacy of despair and loss, Trump’s Shanksville address represented a bold call to action, for “free people are never at the mercy of evil because our destiny is always in our hands.  America’s future is not written by our enemies.  America’s future is written by our heroes.”
 
The bravery of “The Forty” of Flight 93 prevented an incalculable number of deaths from an attack on the US Capitol or White House—hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives were saved. Their example was a gift to America.

 
Finally, after 17 years of dithering, denial and accommodation in the face of radical Islamic terror --America has a President who recognized the greatness of "The Forty" by declaring that “no force on Earth will ever conquer the American spirit.”
 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on September 14, 2018 23:51

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