In Support of Perpetual War

What is the longest war America has ever fought? After splashy headlines in recent months, many would now answer the Afghanistan War. In a way, that answer is correct. But most people would probably date the start of the war to October 7, 2001, when Operation Enduring Freedom officially launched; or maybe September 26, 2001, when CIA teams entered Afghanistan to prepare for the invasion; or maybe September 11, 2001, when 19 terrorists launched the deadliest attack on American soil since the Civil War, murdering approximately 3,000 innocent people.

Some might instead date the start of the war to when Osama bin Laden announced a declaration of war against the United States in 1996. Others to the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. Still others might point to al Qaeda’s first attempted attack on Americans in 1992.
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2,977 Individual Tragedies

Many people know the quote attributed to Joseph Stalin that “one death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.”

When one person dies, we focus on that person’s life; the good things they have done, the affect of their loss on their family, what it means for their friends, etc. But when many people die at once, it is overwhelming. We do not have time to focus on the individual impacts of each death, so it all becomes one statistic. It is too much to comprehend.

As we commemorate the 9/11 attacks, we should remember that it is made up of 2,977 individual tragedies.

The names of each victim who died on September 11, 2001 are below.

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The Best Defense

The Manchester Arena seats 21,000 people and is home to sporting events, concerts, and other spectacles that gather large amounts of people into an enclosed space. As such, it has defensive security measures in place including guards and metal detectors. To defeat these precautions, a 22 year old suicide bomber who was known to the British security services simply waited outside the arena where he managed to murder 22 innocent people and maim dozens more.

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Britain is Great

In the early 1940’s, Britain stood virtually alone against the might of the Nazi Reich. France had surrendered, America was not yet in the war, and the Soviets were working with the enemy. Unable to invade the British isle protected by what at the time was the world’s most powerful navy, Hitler tried to bomb Britain into submission.

For months upon months, Great Britain endured nightly bombing raids that directly targeted civilians, but her people never broke. My favorite story of the Blitz is of an elderly woman whose home was nearly destroyed by Nazi bombs. When the rescuers came, they found a bottle of brandy in the one part of the house that was still standing and opened it to comfort her. The elderly woman, whose home and worldly possessions were ruined, chastised the rescuers because the brandy “was for emergencies.
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Iraqi Interpreters Served America – Let Them In

On my second tour in Iraq, one of our Iraqi interpreters (we’ll call him Jim) told me an astounding story. Jim had recently gone home for a week of vacation only to discover his job was not as secret as he thought. A group of men had approached his little brother outside of school and said they knew Jim was working for the Americans, and if he did not quit they would kill Jim.
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