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The First Thing David Horowitz Wrote After the Planes Hit the Towers

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Posted on September 11 2010 6:45 am
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This post is a reprint of the first thing NewsReal Blog‘s Editor-in-Chief David Horowitz wrote after the planes hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

TODAY IS Pearl Harbor.

The destruction of the World Trade Center, the attack on the Pentagon, the revelation to all the world that even the White House is vulnerable, should be a wake up call to Americans.

This country is at war, and we are far behind in securing our citizens’ safety and preparing for our defense.

How was it possible to hijack 4 commercial airliners from major airports – one of them Dulles International – and to do so within a set time frame?

How could obvious targets like the Pentagon and the World Trade Center Towers be so undefended?

We know the answer. America is soft. America is in denial. America is embarrassed at the idea that it has enemies and must protect itself.

America has been so eager to cash in on “peace dividends” that it has stripped itself of even prudent defenses.

America is in denial that much of the world hates us, and will continue to hate us. Because we are prosperous, and democratic and free.

Today’s tragedies must be a wake up call.

It’s time to remember that the first duty of government is to provide for the common defense.

That means it’s time to spend the surplus on national security now. Beginning with a missile defense system that will prevent even bigger terrorist disasters in the future.

It is time to dramatically increase our domestic counter-terrorist and intelligence efforts, and to step up the monitoring of all groups who have declared war on the United States.

It’s time to tighten our security systems, beginning with airport checks. It’s time to let the profiling of potential terrorists – and that does mean Islamic and Palestinian terrorists – outweigh the objections of the ACLU and other leftist groups.

It’s time for those on the political left to rethink their alliances with anti-American radicals at home and abroad.

It’s time for the President to identify the monsters who planned the day of infamy, and then to carry out a massive military strike against them and any government who sponsored these acts.

It is time for a new sobriety in America about what is at stake in the political battles with those who condemn America as an “oppressor” nation.

It is time for Americans who love this country to stand up in her defense.

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