It's difficult to believe that a perfect late summer day erupted into chaos and death fifteen years ago now. It doesn't seem possible that it's been a decade and a half since a group of barbaric savages killed over 3000 people using airplanes as cruise missiles.
And yet there it is. We were shocked, we were stunned, but ultimately we were filled with a terrible resolve. The world we now live in is the result of that resolve. We let our passions run away with us and as a result damaged our own freedoms. Wasted blood and treasure on a war that we did not need to wage. Yes, it was proper to go to Afghanistan and clean out the nest of vipers lurking there. But Iraq was a mistake, and we've paid for it ever since.
Learn this lesson, gentle reader. Evil must be opposed and murderers brought to justice, but do not use that as an excuse for needless adventuring. And remember always those we lost on 9/11/2001.
Lieutenant Commander Vince Tolbert.
Freedom isn't free. It is bought with blood and sacrifice. But don't throw it away in a moment of rage. We remember.