For the husband who told his wife I love you one last time before his plane went
down in a field, for the wife who stopped in the stairs to call her husband to say I will
love you forever, for the mothers and fathers who kissed their kids goodbye the
morning they died, for the policemen who rushed in with the firemen to help get others
out only to die themselves, for the soldiers who fought back and lost their lives… Today,
tomorrow, ten years from now – I will remember you.
‘YOU JUST STEELED OUR RESOLVE”
“You monster. You beast.You Bastard!
What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward’s attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us?
What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.
Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.
Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.
Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.
As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.
What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths
of your hatred. If that’s the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange:
You don’t know my people. You don’t know what we’re capable of. You don’t know what you just started.
But you’re about to learn.”