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article imageOp-Ed: Hey bin Laden, I'm talking to you

By Michael Bearak     Feb 11, 2010 in World
The news today of the release of new pictures of lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks is very similar to opening an old wound.
When the Texans yelled, "Remember the Alamo" as they attacked Santa Anna and his troops it meant something. It was a war-cry that everyone could relate to and to this day when you hear the words you know what people are talking about. When the words, "a date which will live in infamy" you know it is the words of FDR on the attack at Pearl Harbor. Then we were attacked on our own soil again on September 11th and forever songs like Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the USA" or the Eagles, "New York Minute" are songs that will forever be tied to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
I don't live far from the Charlotte-Douglas airport and when I travel up I-77 to Charlotte you see airplanes landing at the airport. I was still in bed when I heard the alarm go off and it was the nationally syndicated morning show hosts "John Boy and Billy" just after the first tower was hit. I jumped out of bed and jumped in the shower to race to work, the facility I worked at was a Red Cross relief site, I figured we might be needed. As I drove up I-77 into Charlotte there were no planes in the sky that day. It was quiet to say the very least, there are ALWAYS plans coming in.
When I came home that night the television was on, like in so many homes in America, just watching the reports.
I have heard the stories of being at "ground zero." I have a good friend who was safety director for many years and he was one of the coordinators during the clean-up effort, so I have heard the horror stories.
My fear is that it is now over nine years since those tragic days, weeks and months. The first year there was a big production about it being the first anniversary. I think about the Alan Jackson song, "Where Were You (when the world stopped turning)" how he talks about the fact that they wanted to take the images off of the televisions because they were too graphic.
Now I am slightly Republican and because of that I tend to agree with the words of Mr. Alan Jackson, I agree with the words of one Mr. Toby Keith in "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue."
I agree with ABC News and Digital Journal for posting these pictures of lower Manhattan. If you haven't seen the article that Andrew Moran posted you need to see it, you need to take time and look at all the 12 pictures in detail. All Americans need to always remember.
They are not over dramatization. This is not a scare tactic, we are at WAR with terrorists every day. Our brave men and women put their lives on the line so we don't get attacked at home. So, as Toby Keith put it, ".So we can sleep in peace at night, When we lay down our head." So our children can play outside at recess and be protected and safe.
We fight wars, whether people feel they are justified or not, these wars keep us safe. These wars protect the very freedoms that we so often take fore-granted. The same people who would disagree with the wars would be the first to ask why we were attacked? Why didn't our government do something? Well folks, we were attacked, and folks our government has done something! You might not like it, we might get attacked again, but we have not stood idly by turning a blind-eye.
The 12 pictures seen here at Digital Journal from ABC News show some of the pure horror of the post collapse. That can't be denied, but there are a number of them that show the greatness that is the American people, it shows ferry operators racing towards the scene to help the evacuation process. It shows them docked in lower Manhattan ready to help. These people didn't have to be there, they chose to be there because they are Americans and they wanted to help their fellow Americans.
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Terrorists want to stomp on the very freedoms we hold so dear to our hearts because they have to rule through fear. Things like freedom, democracy, the Constitution, a Bill of Rights, all fly in the face of groups like Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and others who have to try and rule through fear.
Men like bin Laden are cowards, they are like criminals who can't face the people they are going to shoot so they do it from behind, so they can't see them coming. Remember the words of Toby Keith:
"A mighty sucker punch came flyin' in
From somewhere in the back
Soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world
Like the 4th of July"
That is right, bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, President Bush did not back down he lit up your world, he made you run, he made you hide. You can't show your face for the pure fact that you know the bounty on your head will lead to your death. You will not die a martyr, regardless of what you think. Pulling the strings to make others do your work is not the sign of a strong man or leader and definitely not a martyr by rather a chicken and a coward.
We may never get you bin Laden, but what I can tell you is this, your life was far better when you left the United States alone. I know I am not alone, when I see those pictures, I see the bravery of men and women of this great country in those pictures, and I remember the over 2500 people who were killed that day. The families who were shattered.
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I can relate with Alan Jackson too, I don't know many differences between Iraq an Iran, or for that matter Afghanistan and Pakistan, but I can't tell you this, if it comes down to it and you threaten us I will back the President that turns that area into one giant parking lot.
Now I might sound like an angry, uneducated, red-neck or white-trash, and if that is what you want to think, that is fine. I will go to sleep tonight knowing that I am an American and I am proud of it. I am proud that I can speak my mind, I can vote in safe open elections, that I can freely work doing jobs that I love, and that I can openly pray to God and attend church on Sunday with my family.
So to our government, I remind you, "In God we Trust" but in you we depend to keep us safe. To Bin-Laden, run, run and hide and then keep running because regardless of whether or not it is advertised we are America and we don't forget, we got Santa Anna, we got Japan, and son we will get you.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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