14 Sep 2001
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...are made up of people, as are governments. It is
impossible, by definition, to attack a nation without
injuring its people.
As Americans we are responsible for the policies of
government. Indifference is not an exception. Opposition is
not an exception. We are America, like it or not.
Likewise, people of the nations supporting
expect to be spared the price of war. It is a hellish
price, and I fear that some leaders may choose to pay it
with the others' souls.
...is an abstract concept, most days. Not on
2001. We welcomed the visitors as millions before them,
provided opportunity, our homes, and our culture. They,
with their families, accepted those gifts. They then turned
to destroy us.
They were free to do so, as was Tim McVey. No
really. We welcome strangers because the make us stronger,
we hope. They have in the past and will again. This
incredible menagerie of lives and cultures hinges on the
rights of the few, and must continue to do so.
We will crush terrorism, and defend our freedom.
has a cost, a part of which is safety. Tuesday we made a