by Larry Peterson
Twelve years ago on this very day, Sept 10, America was doing its thing and being American. It was a Monday and a new week had begun and people were scurrying about going to work and getting the kids ready for the new school year. The NFL season had begun, the baseball season was winding down and the summer was almost over. We were Americans, living in the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave".
So Monday came and went, just another Monday. Then along came Tuesday. As an unsuspecting and somewhat naive populace headed into the second day of the work week, Satan watched and salivated. He knew that his hate-filled messengers were about to do his bidding and within a few scant moments would change "One Nation Under God" forever.
As the planes were hijacked he started to laugh, a deep disgusting guttural laugh that can only be imagined. Then Tower #1 was hit and the sound of the explosion did not just come from the disintegrating, fuel filled jetliner. No, mixed into the sound of exploding fuel and metal and rubber and glass and vaporized people was also the sound of Satan's gleeful version of a High C blasting from the bell of a Selmer trumpet. Satan rejoiced and screamed with devilish glee. "One Nation Under God" was now under attack. When the attack was over almost 3000 innocent men, women and children were dead and millions of lives had been changed forever.
We can never go back to Monday, September 10, 2001. We can never go back to not having a Department of Homeland Security or needing one. We cannot turn back to a day when we are not violated by scanners and "pat downs" by strangers at airports and at stadiums and theaters and varied other places. We can never go back to being as free as we were on September 10, 2001. Under the guise of safety and protection we have willingly submitted to allowing our freedoms to be diminished.
The War on Terror has captured us and in many cases we are now its prisoners. The next time you have to remove your shoes at the airport think back to September 10, 2001. Listen and hear the roar of Satan's shrill laughter mixed among the crumbling steel and concrete of the majestic Twin Towers as it falls into history. Then ask yourself, "what price freedom"? Maybe the time has come to keep our shoes on.