I read the post titled 9/11 3,000 People Killed by 300,000,000 Americans with outrage. The writer of this blog entry attempts to claim that the U.S. was attacked because "They want us to get out of their territory!" . Then the writer goes into further detail by implying that the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. was because the right people haven't been voted into office. (The link above will take you to the article.)
In reality, the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. happened because some people chose to commit this horrible act. That's the bottom line. I don't feel that it was because we are a Christian nation or because we seemingly have more financial resources than others.
Certainly, these could be perceived factors that could have influenced decision making on the part of the attackers. Other reasons could have been that we are a powerful nation or because each of the persons responsible for the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. wanted to see if they could do it. The main people to ask killed themselves along with almost 3,000 others. We will never know what they thought their misguided rationale might have been.
We do know that they could have walked away from their evil intentions at any time. Details have emerged over time that indicate this was a well thought out plan. It was not a spur of the moment impulse. In any moment of the planning process or implementation of the process each attacker could have walked away. They did not. Instead, they willfully chose to murder almost 3,000 people in the 9/11 attacks against the U.S.
To blame U.S. citizens for the actions against us is wrong. We don't blame homeowners when a house is robbed. We don't blame the victims of DUI offenders, rape, domestic violence or muggings. Why? Because we know that people who harm others choose to do so.
I am not as bothered by one post as I am by other people who left comments supporting the writer. To me, this is almost as outrageous as the attacks themselves. It makes a mockery of the pain felt by the quoted "300,000,000 Americans" but even worse, it makes a mockery of the people who died.
The people who were murdered in the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. did not get to choose if they lived or died. The terrorists chose to attack. Nothing can change those two facts.
On 9/11 the people of the U.S. chose to pull together. With steel resolve we chose to mourn and comfort those who were forced into grieving and to fight against the injustice forced upon our nation. On today, the 9th anniversary of 9/11 the people of the U.S. are revisiting the moment of the terrorist attacks just as we will for years to come.
Why? Because we choose to never forget the choices of a few against the lives of the many. May the families of the victims feel supported as they once again are forced to grieve.