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Published:September 11th, 2011 11:28 EST
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9/11: Ten Year Anniversary, It's Outrageous To Suggest The Terrorists Won

By Robert Paul Reyes

It seems like ten seconds, not ten years, have passed since our nation was attacked on September, 11, 2001. The horrific images of that fateful day (the plane smashing into the iconic skyscraper, people jumping to their death from the towering inferno, the collapse of both towers) haven`t been dimmed by time, they remain sharp and clear in our minds.

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Where there was once smoldering ruins at Ground Zero, there is now a National September 11 Memorial, and the new Freedom Tower has begun its ascent to the heavens. Violence and hatred has never quashed the human spirit, and that hallowed ground on lower Manhattan will soon be bolder, and more magnificent than ever.

"Closure" is a cruel myth, the families of the victims of 9/11 will carry their emotional scars to their graves. But Americans are resilient, and many of those most impacted by 9/11 made a U Turn after that evil day and dedicated the rest of their lives in service to their communities.

It`s often repeated that the terrorists won because in the aftermath of 9/11, we got entangled in two interminable wars, spent billions on security measures, and passed the Patriot Act which tramples on our civil liberties.

While it`s true that going to war against Iraq was a colossal mistake, and we should have pulled our troops out of Afghanistan years ago, al Qaeda didn`t win. We emerged from the fires of 9/11, a stronger and more unified nation. We learned that the strength of our nation isn`t in its towers that touch the heavens, but in the indomitable spirit of the American people.

The terrorists will never win, terrorism will never destroy us. Only we can destroy ourselves, if we fail to realize that we are still one people, indivisible. In the days and weeks immediately following 9/11 we weren`t blue states and red states, but the UNITED States of American. Today bipartisanship is a dirty word in Congress, and we have let our political differences divide us.

Let`s come together as a nation once again. Instead of letting politics divide us, let us celebrate the wonderful freedom that we enjoy to express our political views. Nothing will enrage and confuse our enemies more than witnessing an America that is unbowed, united and undeterred from advancing the cause of liberty.

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