Five years ago, this country was brutally attacked. 3,000 innocent lives were snuffed out without mercy. The inhuman and monstrous acts that were wrought by those 19 animals and the tyrants who funded, trained, and supported them shocked the world.
And yet it seems now that the world has forgotten.
We must remember the events of September 11, 2001. We must not only remember what was done to us — all of us — but who did it and why. The ideology that spawned this brutality is an ideology of hatred, an ideology of intolerance, and ideology that demands nothing less than our complete and utter submission. If we fail to recognize this ideology for what it is, the events of September 11, 2001 will have been just a prelude.
We have been fortunate. There has not been an attack on our home soil like the one that happened five years ago. Others have not been so fortunate. Bali, Moscow, London, Madrid, Beslan, Baghdad, all of them have seen their own horrors.
Our enemy is clear. Their will, five years later, remains strong.
Our will must be stronger.
We owe it to future generations to end this scourge. Now and forever. We cannot let the generations that will follow us live with the specter of terrorist attack. We cannot leave them with a world in which such monsters live. The ideology which we fight is not an ideology that can be negotiated with, appeased, or bought off. They divide the world into the House of Submission and the House of War. Their goal is to convert or kill, and we no longer have the luxury of believing that they cannot make good on their threats.
This is the fight of our time, and it is not yet over. We did not start this fight, but we must finish it.