On the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, our nation once again enters moments of reflection.  Where are We, the People of the United States, today?  Where are the nations of the world today?

  • A little over one week ago, President Joe Biden ordered all S. defense personnel out of Afghanistan in one of the most insulting, most degrading debacles ever seen. Hundreds of Americans citizens, green card holders (immigrants), as well as Afghanis who helped the United States and other allied nations throughout the 20-year War on Terror, were abandoned to the Taliban terrorist group who took over that nation almost overnight.  President Biden and his administration gifted to the Taliban $85 billion dollars in weaponry, including the most sophisticated aircraft equipment in the American military arsenal (which the Taliban does not know how to use nor have the personnel to use but would be willing to sell for a huge profit on the black market to whichever buyer), as well as tens of billions of dollars in intelligence assets.  To anyone outside of the White House (the proverbial “swamp”) that is the liberal-dominated Washington D.C., this is the worst defeat in the history of the United States, and something the Taliban government is going to celebrate with absolute fanfare tomorrow!  Who knows?  They may declare September 11 their “Independence Day” or whatever they want to call it in the guise of Islamic victory.
  • On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden ordered a Coronavirus vaccine mandate on the United States that is likely to affect the lives of at least 80 million people. The mandate is a demand on anyone who works in any facet of the federal government to get the vaccines, no questions asked.  The threat is that you will lose your job, your commission, and your benefits.  And mind you, this is being hurled at everyone in every branch of the federal government all the way to the local post office.  Additionally, through this mandate, Biden now has demanded that any business that employs over 100 people must have all its workers vaccinated.  The next step will be toward the public school system where the government will try to demand every child be vaccinated against the Coronavirus despite the fact that statistically, this age group is the one that —while vulnerable to the disease—is the one that beats the disease quicker than any other age group without much medical care or treatment.  This is not to say that they will not get sick or go to the hospital, but relative to other age groups, the young have shown great resilience against this disease.  The first problem with this mandate is that it greatly infringes on personal liberties and freedom, something strictly forbidden by the Constitution of the United States.  And let no one blind themselves to this particular point.  Another nation of the “free world,” Australia, is a warning.  They have actually set up concentration camps for unvaccinated.  The health minister of the state of Victoria eerily echoed individuals in 1930s Germany as he said they are demanding everyone be vaccinated and that they (the local government) would “force out” the unvaccinated from “civil society and the marketplace.” (Where are the protests from pastors and churches, from civil liberty activists and advocates?)  Biden is following suit, even getting angry with state governors such as Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron Desantis of Florida.  Why?  And he does all of this while leaving the southern border of the United States open, allowing tens of thousands unvaccinated people to come through everyday, and now being housed in the most appalling conditions.   And no Democrat politicians are banging on the doors of the detention centers to find out what is happening now.
  • While that vaccine mandate is going on, what is happening via tech giants and the media/entertainment industry is just as appalling. During the last Presidential election, I made mention that Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act (the law that gives legal protection to companies such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others against being sued for contents on those platforms) was dangerous because the platforms as “private entities” were purposely censoring people from their “public platforms.”  The problem here is that all (every one of them) are active leftists, liberals, or vehement supporters of the Democrat party, with the understanding that the Democrats will rubberstamp anything that is part of the liberal leftist agenda, despite what the majority of people in this nation may feel about any given subject.  It has been said that these tech companies as well as the media at large operate with the opinion that Walt Disney once proclaimed: namely, that television and movies would influence the minds of the general public more than anything else.  The problem here is that these companies actively censor anyone of a differing viewpoint, especially those of Bible-based, conservative theological Christianity.  The most egregious examples of this is the Acts 17 Apologetics channel and ministry of Dr. David Wood, a ministry that is the proverbial scourge against the religion of Islam and its prophet Muhammad.  Millions (maybe hundreds of millions) have seen Wood’s videos on line, and been challenged to question their pro-Islamic ideas and faith.  I know personally that many have turned to Jesus Christ from all over the world, and in particular, the educated masses in the Islamic world who come face to face with the ideas and history of the so called “last prophet” Muhammad.  Islam is not a religion of peace and it will never become one.  It will not be a religion that respects the human rights of any minority group such as women, or the LGBTQ, or anyone else.  Muhammad was no holy man by any measure, and this is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt from the hadiths of Islam.  And most terrible of all for the Muslim world, the Koran is not perfectly preserved, nor is it readable, nor understandable, nor relevant in any way shape or form except to the sheer insanity of the world of the Taliban!  Wood’s ministry exposed the fraud that such public hucksters as Linda Sarsour, Ali G Dawah, Rashida Talib, Ilhan Omar (to name a few) are equivalent to the Taliban, maybe even worse than them.  David Wood was not violent in   He was provocative to the point of being controversial, but only so much as to challenge people to listen (one of the crazy things he did was to eat pages of the Koran!  He also did origami using pages of the Koran!).  YouTube and the rest of the tech giants have been arbitrarily censoring anyone who they deem “dangerous.”  Their logic would have them censor President Donald Trump from their platforms, but actively put up the worst vitriol from the terrorists such as the Taliban, the Islamic leadership of Iran, and the Communist Party of the Peoples Republic of China.  In the wake of the longest war in American history, after 10,000 U.S. military deaths on the battle fields and over 50,000 suffering from battlefield injuries, as well as the death and displacement of hundreds of thousands of people because of the terrorism, the questions people should ask this day on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 is “What was this all about?” and “Was it worth it?”

As much as I hate to say it, this anniversary, the Islamic terrorists of the world are celebrating, as are all the enemies of this nation.  Last year at this time, I wrote about the horror of seeing a nation whose cities were burning in the fires of riots, whose monuments of great Americans past were being desecrated and destroyed, whose police officers and fire fighters were being assaulted; where even in my children’s schools, teachers actively engaged in disrespect of the American flag as well as encouraged rebellion against anything that is pro-American, where the teachers, principals and school districts were peddling the 1619 project and Critical Race Theory with unquestioned dogmatism, and any dissent against any of these terrors was viciously attacked by the political left and their ANTIFA and BLM thugs.

College students are trained to become “liberal snowflakes” who have no common sense and cannot make an honest judgment about anything, lest they be attacked as “racists” or some other leftist pejorative while demanding that the government pay for every whim and fancy that comes from the cesspool of hell that is the Heart of Sin, or as Joseph Conrad put it, the Heart of Darkness.  And all this while comedians and Hollywood personalities decry the assertion of freedom and liberty by those who will not be put under another mask or vaccine mandate.  (According to one fellow most known for being a killing machine called the Terminator, and who used to be the former governor of California: “Screw your freedoms!”)

Perhaps the Biden Administration would like to explain on behalf of the Democrats and liberals they represent today how the policies and the practices of the Taliban, Al Qaida, and Isis became the way of life in America twenty years after 9/11.  Biden and his regime are the only ones who cannot see that America is an international joke, as the American military now specializes in ‘diversity training’ and Critical Race Theory, and as American embassies fly the LGBTQ rainbow flag (and the BLM flag) – does he not know that the terrorists are not only laughing at him, but they are beginning to mobilize again?

This morning, there was a memorial service in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Flight 93 crashed after the passengers in the flight rushed the terrorists who had hijacked the plane.  Former President George W. Bush was there to speak.  I must say that I voted twice for President Bush when he ran for president, and I do not regret that decision as he was 100 times better and more qualified than the two Democrat contenders in the 2000 and 2004 elections.  But that said, I was appalled at some of his comments yesterday, or rather, the way that pundits interpreted them.  (I honestly do not know what the former President intended for he was intentionally vague.)  But since there is an obvious animosity between the Bush family and President Donald Trump, I can understand why many pundits say that he was targeting the “January 6 insurrectionists”.  In his comments, he equated the Al Qaida terrorists (and the other terrorist groups) whom this country has been fighting for the last 20 years with “domestic terrorists” – according to the pundits, this meant the people who protested and are protesting the last election.  They “desecrated” national institutions and monuments to liberty; he could just as easily have been talking about the ANTIFA and BLM rioters who destroyed several cities last year, attacked innocent people at restaurants, tried to attack the White House, and pulled down and destroyed dozens of monuments all throughout the country, but no, apparently that was not “domestic terrorism”.  That’s the terrorism that CNN and most of the media called “mostly peaceful protests”. And they celebrated the mob who attacked the Secret Service who were protecting the White House, hoping that they would get close to attacking President Trump, but apparently, that is not terrorism.

President Bush’s comments, whether intentional or not, definitely struck a nerve with many people in this nation, and in particular, regarding a woman named Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was shot to death inside the Capitol on January 6, the only fatality that was a result of direct violence (the rest of the victims died of health issues such as strokes or heart attacks).  Unlike the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the January 6 incident, though unfortunate, is not so cut-and-dry.  The hundreds of thousands of people who gathered there were protesting the obvious fraud in the last Presidential Election, and this moment was their last chance to be heard.  That there was foul play by people INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT is beyond a shadow of a doubt (the capitol police purposely opened the security gates and invited people to the steps of the capitol), but those details are almost certainly not going to see the light of day unless by a miracle of God.

Ashli Babbitt was not a radical fringe person.  She deserved to be heard.  She was an American citizen who had an honest concern about the corruption that permeates the federal government.  At the age of 17, she asked her parents to sign a waiver so that she could join the United States Air Force and defend this country in the War on Terror.  She did 8 tours of duty between 2003 and 2020 in both Iraq and Afghanistan, before she was honorably discharged.  And yet, as one social media person said today, “her former Commander and Chief equated her with the Taliban today”. If this is true, I hope President Bush will read this article and call the Babbitt family and explain to them why their daughter who was unarmed that day when she was shot in the Capitol is equal to the terrorists she and hundreds of thousands servicemen fought against the last 20 years.

Before I wrote this article, I had a chance to look back at some of the articles that I wrote for 9/11 all the way back to 2001.  My God, the words and the images haunted me!  In 2001, Maranatha Herald (the magazine which was the first media endeavor of Maranatha Full Gospel Church) released a special commemorative edition based on the terrible events of that day.  It was the age before everything went digital and the sophistication of the technology at our disposal was limited.  But it was well worth it just to capture that moment in time.  We did not have money for color pictures, but the black and white imagery has an artistic and aesthetic message in and of itself.  One image that was included in the articles one still shakes me so many years later.  The picture is a side profile of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor against the backdrop of the smoldering destruction of the World Trade Center.  The picture is striking in color.  It is absolutely stunning.  The Statue of Liberty is made of copper and because of decades of sea air has been turned green, and it’s still very beautiful.  But as said before, we did not have the money for color printing, so quite literally by accident, we ended putting up the black and white picture.  I cried when I first saw it. The backdrop for this picture is almost completely black, but the Statue of Liberty is bright white.  It is an image which I think best describes not just the last 20 years, but especially today.  In a world filled with the blackness of evil, liberty and truth and the goodness of the Bible still stand in stark contrast to that evil.  The liberty that we experience, which the statue symbolizes, will never be subject to subjective interpretation or misrepresentation.  And no matter how dark the evils of the times are or how widespread that evil maybe, at the end it is only smoke that will be blown away with the winds of time, the wind that the prophet Daniel saw which will ultimately lead to the coming of God’s Kingdom from heaven when Jesus Christ will reign forever and ever, Amen.

For all who are questioning the reasons for the last 20 years; if you are disillusioned with everything today, please remember that no matter which direction the politicians in government go, that idea of liberty will stand because it comes from God Almighty.  Follow Him for He will surely triumph.  He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and all our sorrows from our hearts.  And if you endure, one day you will reign with Him.

May God comfort hearts today.